As a “Watchman on the Wall” (Isa 62:6) I am listing Biblical Signs of Recognizable apostasy

Posted June 24, 2022 by dickbraswell
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According to the First Chapter of Romans, the revelation of God, His Nature and Power, in Creation makes mankind “without excuse.”  And guilty.  Even apart from the Word, God’s Great Fiat of Creation reveals, without question or doubt, His Existence and His Laws for righteous living.   In relating to the trend of mankind’s failure to Know God,  the Apostle Paul lists stages of recognizable apostasy in Romans 1:21-32.  By exegesis from the original language, they are:

  • Failure to glorify God
  • Foolishly turning to reason
  • Unlawful and unnatural sex sin.  Homosexual.  Lesbianism.
  • Depravity. Iniquity. Criminal minded
  • Intense lust for material gain
  • Envy when others are blessed
  • Hate, Murder, Slaughter
  • Strife.  Contention. Argumentative. Variance from right and good
  • Lies. Subtility. Deceit
  • Carnally minded.  Evil habits
  • Secrecy. Accusative. Lying gossip
  • Slander. False witnesses
  • Despisers of God and Truth
  • Insolent. Hateful. Scorners of God
  • Selfish. Prideful. Self-esteem. Hedonism
  • Vain boasters.  Self-exaltation
  • Originators of evil.  Wickedness.  Immorality
  • Rebellious to parents.  Indifferent to rule and order
  • Stubborn. Incapable of understanding Spiritual things
  • Unfaithfulness. Immoral. Untrustworthy
  • Filled with desire for unnatural sex
  • Treaty breakers
  • Unforgiving. Pitiless. Unappeasable

These are the results of God giving mankind over to a reprobate mind.  Rom 1:28

Sound familiar?


Posted June 24, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 24

God’s only limitation

The only limitation in the life of any believer is the believer himself.   Some are praying and believing and fasting and seeking and worrying and weeping and repenting and trying to get what God has already given them.

He has made everything we need available.  He has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  Eph 1:3

Don’t limit God


Posted June 23, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 23

How to change things

Unfortunately, the traditional church with its sanitized message and dead liturgy has, through the centuries, taught us to consistently beg God to do things.

This self-styled church with a man-devised theology developed a belief system that was totally contrary to the Word of God.  God was seen as a Reluctant Sovereign, Who was not really very interested in us and Who based what He did solely on just how much we begged Him and how faithful we were in our religious performance and in keeping the Ten Commandments.   If we begged Him enough, there was a slight chance that He just might grant our request.  But we had to be sure we were cleaned up, prayed up and often “worked” up.

The ability to get “things changed” or get our “prayers answered” depended on how many rules we kept, how much time we spent in prayer, how many chapters we read in the Bible, how often we attended church, whether we paid our tithes and how many people we led to the Lord.   It was based on our “performance.”

All these things are good, but they have absolutely NOTHING to do with Changing Things that need Changing.   We are to initiate Change by and through the Power that is actively working in us.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Eph 3:20

God has given every Believer the Power to Change things.


Posted June 22, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 22

God told the prophet to dig ditches before the rain came.

He acted out His faith.  And the waters came and filled every ditch in a time of drought.

God told the poor starving widow woman to borrow pots before she had any oil to put in them.  She acted out her faith went out and borrowed pots (not a few) and God filled every one of them with lifesaving oil and saved her life and the life of her son.

Jesus acted out His faith by becoming a suffering, dying servant and God brought Him forth as King of kings and Lord of lords.  If we only acted as if we really believed, people could and would “see” our faith.

Faith with no action is invisible.  Unknown and unnoticed.  And unproductive.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.  Mr 2:5

We have a choice.  We can believe what we feel or we can believe what the Word says.  When we act out what the Word says instead of what we feel, we become like the Word and unlike the world.

Acting out faith produces visible results.  Remember Mark 11:23 and 24?

23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 24  That is why I tell you, as to whatever you pray and make request for, if you believe that you have received it it shall be yours. (Weymouth NT  Trans)

Acting out faith is acting as if the answer we are believing for has already come.

Most are still hoping and praying and wishing and seeking and weeping and repenting and begging and pleading… when the real need is to act as if what we are believing for has already become ours.

Our body may tell us it is not here.  Our circumstances may tell us it is not here.  Doubters and unbelievers around us may tell us it is not here.  Our budget may say it is not here.  The devil will say it’s not here…. BUT Believe what the Word says and

You will get what the Word promises


Posted June 21, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 21

What is the Will of God?

What is His Plan?  What has He purposed for me?

Jesus prayed for the will of God to be done on earth as it (the will of God) is being done in heaven.  The will of God is the same thing that a last will and testament is here on earth.

The Will is what God has provided for His Children.  It is what He has left for His heirs.  The Will of God is the Word of God… the composite of Truth that provides revelation and knowledge to those who belong to Him.

The level of “all things possible” living must come from a revelation of His Will… which is His Word.  What it is.  What is says.  What it promises.  How it works.  Why it works.

Understanding the Will of God opens the door for one to Believe God and to Believe Him for what He has promised in His Word.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.   Jer 29:11 (The Message)

God has plans for you.  Big plans.  Exciting plans.

He plans to give you the future you hope for.

This is The Will


Posted June 20, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 20

What do you want?

In order to overcome the strength of sin that fights against us, the human will must come into play.   If you overcome the flesh, you must want to overcome the flesh.  You will never get free or be free unless you want to be free.

God will not work against the human will.  What you will and what you want, God will respect.  He will not intervene or force Himself into your life and your plans.  If you want out, God will get you out.  If you want to stay under the control of your flesh and continue to suffer the consequences… God will not stop you.

Your deliverance is up to YOU.  Not me.    Or anybody else…. Your deliverance is dependent on you.

If you are Born Again, the Bible says that the Greater One (Jesus) is in you.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

Paul writes that God is able….

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

John writes that:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  1 John 5:4

Paul admonishes:

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Romans 6:12

Since the Bible says we can overcome if we are believers, then we must determine whether or not we are believers.  The Born Again Ones.  The Redeemed.  Those who have been “quickened” from the dead.  The ones who have openly and without shame declared that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Who come down from heaven, was born of a virgin, and provided the Atoning Sacrifice for our sins as He died on the Cross…. The Risen Savior and Lord and the Only Remedy for Man’s sin.

Are you among the Company of the Redeemed?

Are you one of the Unashamed Ones?

Have you been Born Again?

If your answer is YES, then Deliverance can be yours today.

IF you want it

My Dad

Posted June 19, 2022 by dickbraswell
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My dad was a remarkable man.  Born into a tenant farmer’s family with 11 brothers and sisters, he had only an eighth grade education because he had to help on the farm. He was a visionary and an engineer at the core of his being.  In 1948, he acquired a US patent on a device he invented while working as a pump mechanic in a large chemical plant.  With no formal education, he designed an ingenious flexible coupling that would self-adjust when applied to the shafts of a pump and a power source.  However, it never benefited him or our family since it was pirated by a large and deep-pocketed tool manufacturing company. 

But his greatness was not just as a designer and side-line engineer, he was also an artist, skilled (with no instruction) at painting oil landscapes of beautiful forests and mountains (he had never seen a mountain) and rippling brooks and rivers.  He was a musician.  He was a poet who composed beautiful love poems for my Mom and also a song writer… again, a love song for my mother entitled “Wonderful You.”

He was a golfer and took me at an early age to the links and taught me good sportsmanship and how to have class even if we were not in the high-class income bracket.  I never heard him utter a curse word.  I never saw him lose his temper, I never heard him say an unkind word to my mom, I never saw him drink or act unruly or show any signs of hatred toward anyone. 

Here are some of the things he did for me:


  • Loved my mom… totally and completely
  • I never saw him throw a temper tantrum
  • Never drank
  • I never heard him swear or utter a curse word
  • Never worried
  • Never abused my mom in word or deed
  • Was never pessimistic
  • Took me to church
  • Bought me bikes
  • Taught me to be honest and not to lie
  • Showed me how to be kind and loving
  • Demonstrated compassion for others… took his Christmas bonus and bought presents for children in a poor family in my hometown
  • Sacrificed to give me all things I needed (not necessarily what I wanted)
  • Built things for me
  • Showed me how to do stuff
  • Took me fishing
  • Played golf with me
  • Carried us on trips  and camping vacations
  • Taught me family love and respect
  • Was faithful to Mom and me
  • Worked tirelessly to make us comfortable and secure
  • Demonstrated the Love of God for all to see

Some of the most memorable times during my early childhood were our visits Dad’s parents  (Pap Paw’s and Mam Maw’s) small house on the outskirts of Hattiesburg.  Some of his brothers and my cousins would meet there and have a gig… they all played some kind of musical instrument… the violin, the guitar, mandolin, piano and accordion and those who could not play one, did the singing.  The small house literally vibrated with song, melody and family unity like I have never experienced anywhere in all my years.   

Dad loved me and he loved my mom.  He was a true “family man” and sacrificed incredibly to see that we were secure, and well-cared for. 

At my ordination in 1958, he asked to speak a word to those gathered.  He walked to the front with his Bible in hand and quoted “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” and tearfully walked back to his seat.

I will forever remember that moment. 

Thank you Dad


Posted June 18, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 18

Jesus changed things.

He came from heaven and into this world for the express purpose of changing things.  He took the bad and made it good.  He took the weak and made it strong.  He took the dead and brought them to life.

Jesus went about changing things.  He always made them better.  He made it possible for you and me to change things.  He gives us power to alter situations and change circumstances and make things better.

It’s the devil who makes things bad.  demons make life miserable.  However, YOU can change your situation, your circumstances, your bad things into good things.

Maybe today you are living in situations that need to be changed.  You want them changed and you feel trapped because you “think” you can do nothing about it.   Some have been convinced by the devil that they can do nothing about certain situations… “They are hopeless…” They are “impossible”…”You’ll never overcome this…”  “You might as well quit because you can’t win…” these are insinuations the devil makes when you find yourself in a fix.

Others would confess “I can’t help it” or “there is nothing I can do about it…” or “it is out of my hands…”  It is imperative that you know God has given every Believer Authority and Power to change situations and circumstances.

Jesus said: Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free John 8:32

This means that the Truth you know and act on shall deliver you (give you the power) to change things.

If you don’t like what’s happening…. change it


Posted June 16, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 16

There is a Stream flowing.

It is a Stream of Power.  It is a Stream of Salvation.  It is a Stream of Healing.  It is a Stream of Deliverance.  It is a Stream of Victory.

Jesus talked about this Stream.  It is the Anointing.  He commanded His followers to go to Jerusalem (the place they were to receive the Stream) and to wait there Until.  Until they were caught up in the Stream and equipped to release the Anointing of the Holy Ghost into the earth.

That is the Stream that is flowing in this hour.  It is a powerful and relentless Stream of Holy Ghost Power.  Jesus said that out of our “Bellies would flow Rivers of Living Water…”  That is the Stream.  The Anointing.  The Power.

We are the River Beds and through us the Stream is to flow.  Not through angels.  Not through God.  Not through the Holy Ghost.  But through us.  You and me.  The Church.  The Body of Christ.

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14

When you are a River Flowing, people will find you.  Because they are thirsty.  This land is thirsty.  This age is thirsty.  When you are the River, those who are thirsty will find you and ask for a drink.  It is important that we keep the River Flowing.

The Bible warns us not to quench the Spirit.  Not to stop the flow.  Not to cool off the fire.  Not to hinder the stream.  We are to be Filled with the Spirit.  Continually Filled.  Filled to overflowing.   Filled until there is no space left in us for anything but God.

This River of Living Water is the Greatest Power in the Universe.

And it is in every Believer.  And it is there now.  Today.  Right where you are.

At this very moment


Posted June 15, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  June 15

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

What does “free” mean?  It means free.  It means to be set loose.  It means to be released from bondage.  It means to be unshackled.  Jesus said the truth would make us free.

If we are free, it is the truth that made us free.  If we are bound it is the Lie that has put us in bondage.

Now what is the lie?  The Lie is anything that contradicts the Word of God.  It is anything that comes from the devil because the Bible says that he is the father of lies.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Joh 8:44

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Joh 8:32

To paraphrase what Jesus says in this verse:

“You shall know the Truth of God’s Word and the Truth of God’s Word that you act on in faith will deliver you from your bondage”

That is exactly where God wants us to be.  He wants us to be totally free from all satanic, demonic, emotional and psychological bondage.  He wants us to be delivered from every habit and every burden and every demonic oppression the devil has put on us.

Exposure to the Truth will change us.  And when we are exposed to the Truth and the Truth becomes revelation to us, we can change bad things into good things.

When we begin to take in the Truth, we begin to get better.  Better in our body.  Better in our mind.  Better in our talking.  Better in our expectations.  Better in our relationships.  Better in our patience.  Better in our temperament.

Better in every life experience

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