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

There are indications everywhere.

There is a witness in the heart of every turned-on believer.  God is moving.  The earth is responding.  The world is waiting.  All creation is anxious… The church is being retooled.  This is the hour.  Something BIG is about to happen.

There is a drawing toward God.  The Holy Spirit is reaching into the hearts of men (all kinds of people) and drawing and attracting…   inexorably, as a magnet draws iron, pulling them toward God.  It is relentless.  It is miraculous. It is supernatural.   There is hunger.  And this hunger is indicative of the Divine Plan and Purpose of God manifesting in this hour.

You feel the drawing.  Right now.  There is a Divine Stirring deep down inside your spirit.  It (your relationship with Jesus) is not like it used to be.  It is changing.  There is a dissatisfaction, an urgency, which is driving you to seek His Face and a determination to be conformed more and more into His Image.

The things of the world are becoming less and less important to you.   The reason for your very existence is coming into focus.

You are being drawn into the Glory of God…

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

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Posted January 12, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  January 12

God’s heart has never changed.

His heart has always been inclined toward man.  It is now and it always has been.  Man was originally created in order that God might have a family.  God wanted companionship.  God wanted fellowship.  God wanted relationship.  God wants to love and He wants to be loved.    God wanted to have a family to love and to bless and to keep unto Himself.

This is the Heart of God.

God wants to have children that will reciprocate His love.  God is Love, God loves and God wants to be loved.  Do you realize that God made the heavens solely for the benefit of earth? Do you know that God made the earth solely for the benefit of man?  Can you believe that God created all animal life and plant life solely for the benefit of man?  Everything and all things that God created by His power, were and are created for the benefit of man.

And God made man for Himself.

All of creation is designed to sustain human life.  Scientists are now beginning to recognize that the entire universe has been created and calibrated to support and sustain human life right here on earth.   The original Plan God had is still the same.   Even though satan entered and Adam sinned and death was brought into the earth, God has Eternally Purposed for Man to be His Own.

You belong

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Posted January 11, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  January 11

We are not what we were.

Yesterday.  Last Week.  Last Year.  10 minutes ago.  We are changing.  We are growing.  We are conforming more and more to the Image of Jesus.

God’s New Creation Army are Champions.   Achievers.   Overcomers.   Supernatural Men and Women and Children.  More than Conquerors.   That’s us.  That’s you and me.

  • We are invincible to the forces of darkness.
  • We live in health and prosperity and we walk in constant victory.
  • We are New Creation Men and Women.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2Cor. 5:17

We live by God’s Law of Life and we have been set free from the law of sin and death.  Sin, satan and failure have no dominion over us.

  • We know who we are where we are going.
  • We are not moved by fear or doubt or unbelief.
  • We walk by faith and live by faith.
  • We are a “Peculiar People” and Royalty through our Blood Line.

We are the Ones who will rule and run and reign on the earth in this emerging hour… we are the end-time army destined to defeat and destroy the works of darkness and the powers of the kosmos.

God has waited long and patiently for us to be birthed and developed.  He has Plans for us.  He has Provisions for us.  He has Power for us.

Our Time has come.

Your Time has come

Heaven

Posted January 10, 2022 by dickbraswell
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There are probably more flaky ideas about heaven than any other subject in the Bible.  There is little or no teaching about it in most churches today and even less is written about it.  Heaven is a place where we all want to go, but we do not know what we will find when we get there.  We have been told some really wild tales about heaven.  It should not be so.  We need to know the truth. 

The Bible is very plain in describing heaven.  It tells us what heaven is like.  It tells us who is there.  It tells us what heaven is.  It tells us how to get there.  

What do you know about heaven?  How did you find out what you know about heaven?  Did someone tell you?  Preach to you?  Encourage you at some funeral?  Did you study about it in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School or in some Home Prayer Meeting?  Did you hear about heaven from your parents?  From your preacher?  Where did you learn what you know about heaven?  There is only one legitimate source of information and that is the Bible.  Let’s look and see what the Bible says about heaven.

The Bible speaks of different kinds of heavens.  When the Bible says  “heaven” you need to know which heaven it is talking about.

There is the First heaven.  This is the heaven of the atmosphere.  This is the blue sky where the clouds are.  It is the air we breathe.  It is the blanket of air that covers the earth to a depth of approximately 15 – 20 miles.  It is the closest heaven to earth. 

Then, there is the second heaven.  This is the heaven of outer space.  The stars, planets, and galaxies are there.  The second heaven is the heaven of outer space.  Where the sun is.  Where the moon is.  Where the planets are.    The stellar heaven and our solar system and all the universe… these are located in the second heaven.

The third heaven is the dwelling place of God.  It is where God’s Throne is and where God dwells.  It is just as real and just as tangible as the first and the second heaven.   The first heaven and the second heaven are physical and natural.  The third heaven is spiritual and supernatural.  Paul was caught up into the “third” heaven.  John was allowed to see into heaven through a “door that was opened” (Rev 4:1).  The rich man Jesus told about was able to see into heaven from his place of torment in hell.  He saw real people in a real place that he knew and recognized.  He was able to talk to those in heaven and beg them to send him a drop of water to cool his tongue.  It is this third heaven we want to know about.

What is not there:  the curse, sin, tears, death, sorrow, sickness, crying, pain, parting.

Who is not there:  the devil, the fearful, unbelievers, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars.

Who is there:  God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the Redeemed.  Angels and Ministering Spirits.

Men have been taken to heaven and have lived there for thousands of years in their natural bodies (Gen 5:24; 2 Ki 2:1, 11)

One of the cities in heaven is the heavenly Jerusalem (Gal 4:26; Heb 11:10-16; 12:22; 13:14; Rev 3:12;  21:2,10)

The Heaven that we will inhabit forever is a city.   It is a city in preparation.  Jesus said in John 14 that He was going to prepare a place for us and if He went and prepared a place for us He would come again and receive us unto Himself so that where He is we would also be.  (John 14).

In Revelation 21:9 – 22:5 heaven is described

It is a city that is filled with the glory (majesty, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace) of God.  It has an outward appearance of beauty, precision, and wealth that has never been witnessed in the natural.   The light within the city is like reflections from precious gems and priceless jewels.  John describes it as “her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal…” (21:11).  The jasper stone is a beautiful sea-green.

It is a city with walls, foundations, and gates (21:12-14).  It is the biggest and largest city ever known or imagined.  It is 1500 miles square.  It is measured with a gold measuring reed.  (21:15).  (God is extravagant!  Even His yard stick is made of gold!)  It is as long and wide as it is high. 

The wall around the city is over 200 feet high.  It is made of some material that resembles jasper (a precious gem of opaque quartz that is dark green in color).  The wall has 12 foundations (must be huge to support a wall 200 feet high)

            1.  Jasper

            2.  Sapphire:  Precious stone of transparent rich blue

            3.  Chalcedony:  Pale blue translucent quartz with wax-like luster

            4. Emerald:  Rich green gemstone

            5.  Sardonyx:  An onyx having parallel layers of deep orange and red

            6.  Sardius:  Deep orange and red gemstone

            7.  Chrysolyte:  A gold like stone with a dusky green and yellow cast… a type of topaz.

            8.  Beryl:  Transparent bluish-green gem

            9.  Topaz:  Pale green gem with a mixture of yellow

            10. Chrysoprasus:  Yellowish green stone with a bluish hue

            11. Jacinth:  Red and yellow stone… a cinnamon stone

            12.  Amethyst:  Purple or violet stone composed of strong blue and deep red

There are twelve gates in the 200 foot wall that surrounds the city.  Three gates are positioned on each of the four sides of the wall making 12 gates in all.  Each gate is made from one pearl… (21:21) not “pearls” but “pearl” singular.  The city itself is made from pure, transparent gold… nothing like it has ever been seen by human eyes.  It is beyond human comprehension in beauty, opulence, and extravagance.

The street or streets in the Holy City are made of pure transparent gold just as the city.  This is a substance that is unknown to us here on earth.

The city itself is made of pure transparent gold as clear as glass   (21:18).

There is no temple there that is necessary for one to enter into in order to meet with God as it was in the OT.  God and Jesus will be visible and present within the city at all times anywhere for any who come in to worship and have fellowship.  God and the Lamb are the Temple of it  (21:22).

The glory of God and of His Son is of such brilliance that the city has no need of the sun for light.  It is never dark in the New Jerusalem… “there shall be no night there…” (22:5)  for the glorious Light of the Eternal Presence of God continually illuminates the city.

The New Jerusalem will be the eternal headquarters and dwelling place of God throughout Eternity.  The nations of the earth (those who lived from the tribulation period through the millennium will multiply and replenish the earth in order to carry out the original plan and purpose of God as Adam and others would have if man had not sinned.   These are the “sheep nations” of Matthew 25), will flow into the New bringing their gifts and presenting themselves before God and the Lamb forever.  It will be a time of worship, praise, celebration, joy, and fellowship greater than anything the world has ever witnessed. The city is called Mount Zion (Heb 12).

The gates will never be shut.  It will be open eternally for any of the redeemed to pass into and through.  Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be allowed to enter. 

This city of God will have a pure river of water flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb (22:1).    “The mount of the congregation in the sides of the north” (Isa 14:12-14);  “the mountain of His holiness” (Psa 48:1).   This city of God will have each of the great broadways (three on each side; 12 in all) proceeding out from each side of the throne of God. These “water of life” rivers will flow in the midst of it.  On either side of these great golden broadways will be rows of the Trees of Life which bear 12 kinds of fruit each month.  The preservation of life will be provided by the leaves of these trees.  Since there will be no sickness or disease in Heaven, these leaves are taken to preserve eternal life and health for all heaven’s inhabitants throughout eternity.

There will be no more of the curse that came as a result Lucifer’s and Adam’s rebellion.  Conditions will be as before the curse and they will continue forever just as if the curse had never happened.  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in this great city and all the inhabitants of heaven will serve God eternally.  The servants are those who are redeemed, the faithful angels and all of earth’s creatures that have not rebelled or who have been delivered from all possibility of rebellion in all eternity (Eph 1:10; 1 Cor 15:24-28).

All those in the Holy City will be able to see the Face of God.  His Name shall be written in their foreheads and they will rule and reign with God forever.  They will actually assist God in administering the affairs of the universe for ever and ever.  

How to get there:  Romans 10:9-10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

DON’T MISS IT

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Posted January 10, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  January 10

Words are carriers.

We speak words and the words we say become carriers.  When our words agree with God’s Word they will carry God’s Power with them.  When our words agree with the negative world system, they will carry the power of the world system with them.

If we could ever learn to talk right, speak the Word and only what the Word says instead of what we see and feel and think, we could experience a radical transformation in our situations and circumstances.

The Devil and his demons must submit to the Word of God that we speak.  When we realize that all the death stuff that is happening to us is caused by the devil and his demons and then get a real revelation of the Power of the Word of God we will be on the road to recovery.  We will be positioned to change things in us and around us.

But as long as we set our tongue in agreement with death, we will have what we say.

We can Search out and find those God Words that contradict our particular problem.  They are in the Bible…. Find them!   If we are sick, look up scriptures about healing.  If we are afraid and depressed, look up scriptures that promise peace and assurance.    If we are struggling financially, look up scriptures that promise God’s provision for us.  If we are held captive by habit or addiction, look up scriptures that promise us deliverance and freedom.  Then we make those scriptures a vital and strategic part of our language.  We begin to articulate audibly and forcefully with our mouth what God has already said about us in His Word.

When we do this, we will begin to see immediate changes.  God honors His Word above His Name.  God sends His Word to accomplish and create His purposes.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish (create) that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isa 55:11

Surviving the Storm

Posted January 8, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Ps 107:29   He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still  

Mark 4:35   And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side

Mark 4:36   And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship And there were also with him other little ships

Mark 4:37   And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full

Mark 4:38   And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Mark 4:39   And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

Mark 4:40   And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Mark 4:41   And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

What are Storms? 

Storms are circumstances and situations.   Storms are problems.  Storms are crises.  Storms are hindrances and delays and disappointments.  Storms are situations that plague us and harass us and attempt to destroy us.  Storms are sicknesses and physical attacks. Storms are Family conflicts and marriage troubles.  Storms are difficulties and impossibilities in the workplace. Storms are addictions and habits that keep us in bondage.  Storms are demonic.

Where do they come from?  What causes them?

The devil causes storms.  They are demonic attacks.  They are designed to do what the devil wants to do to you… to kill you, to steal your goods, and to completely destroy you.  Storms are planned and birthed in hell.  They are designed for you personally by the devil and his demons.  They are intended to keep you as far away from God and God’s Purpose as possible.  

What is the Purpose of Storms?

The purpose and intent of storms is to stop you before you get where God wants you to be.  Storms arise and winds blow in the process of MINISTRY and SPIRITUAL GROWTH.  When you determine to obey God and Be a Blessing to OTHERS is when you will find yourself in a storm with the devil attempt­ing to sink your boat.  The moment you decide to Go to the Other Side with Jesus, satan will send a storm to stop you and to sink your boat.  You hear the voice of God… the challenge… the command… (this is point A) and you start out toward point B which is the place where God wants you.  And on the way….. you run into a STORM.

            (1) Storms arise and winds blow in the process of MINISTRY and SPIRITUAL GROWTH.  When you determine to obey God and Be a Blessing to OTHERS is when you will find yourself in a storm with the devil attempt­ing to sink your boat.

            (2) Storms will challenge your faith.  You may not be able to see God or hear from God.  You will be tempted to give in to wonder (“Why me?”) and doubt (“What if?”).

            (3) Storms are caused by the devil and they are devices to stop you from getting to the place where God wants you to be!!    God does not cause storms… if He did then Jesus was guilty of rebuk­ing God in this case.

            (4) Storms do not mean that God is not with you.  On the contrary, they are proof that He is with you and that a miracle is about to take place.   Storms are not “punishments” or “chas­tenings” from God… God will not put you in a storm to “teach you something!”   

Some of the most dedicated NT personalities were at times caught in a storm.  The disciples were in the middle of the sea in a storm and saw Jesus walking on the water.

Paul was on the way to Rome and his ship was nearly destroyed in a great storm.

Storms can cause:

Discouragement and despair.  They can move us to a place of giving up and going down with the ship.  They can make us tired and weary.  They can cause us to blame God and get mad at Him.  They can destroy our peace and mess with our minds.  They can make us sick and frustrate us.  Storms can strain our marriage and hurt our home. Storms can separate us from friends and destroy relationships.  Storms can keep us out of the Will of God. 

Here are some common errors believers make in the midst of the storm:

  • Some will use their own efforts to “bail out the boat” and try to keep it afloat.  
  • Some will look at the storm and try to size it up.  “How long?”  “How strong?”  “What’s wrong?”
  • Some will concede to defeat immedi­ately.  

If you are in the midst of a storm, what are you going to do?     How do you intend to handle the situa­tion?  Are you going down with the ship?  Or will you Stand in the Storm?

Notice our Text:

Mark 4:35   And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.   

  • It was time to move.  It is late in the day.  Night is at hand.  Let’s go while we can. 
  • Jesus wants us to go with Him.  Jesus said “Let us”… not “Let Me” or “You go by yourself…”  He said, “Let US.”   
  • Jesus knows that there is a Miracle waiting “on the other side…”  (Remember the Demon Possessed man that got free of the devil?   That what is going to happen to those who Stand in the Storm and make it to the other side….  There will be a miracle waiting for you.

Mark 4:36   And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

  • Jesus wants us to be a part of the inner cir­cle.  Notice He sent the multitudes away.   
  • Jesus wants us to “Take Him” just like He is.    He is, Not like we make Him.  Not like religion makes Him.  Not like unbelievers make Him.  But “Like He is…”
  • There are many other “ships” that you can get in.  Be sure you get in the ship that Jesus is in.  There is the religious boat.  There is the denomination boat.  There is the performance boat… the good works boat.  There is the “feeling” boat.  The program and method boat.  There is the tradition boat.  Many boats are out there, but Jesus is in only one of them. 

Mark 4:37   And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

  • Storms “arise…”  They start small and get bigger.   
  • The storm buffeted the ship… the place where Jesus was.  Where is Jesus now?  He is IN THE BELIEVER.  The fury of hell rages against every believer. 
  • The raging waves began to spill over into the ship.  When the outside gets on the inside, un­less a miracle happens, the ship will sink.   
  • The ship got full.  Your ship may be full.  The outside may have gotten inside.  But remember, Jesus is in the ship with you and God will come to your rescue.    Don’t panic.

Mark 4:38   And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

  • Jesus was not alarmed.  He refused to be affected by the devil.  satan was no problem to Him.  Nothing satan can do or could do was any danger to Him.  “Nothing shall by any means hurt you…”  Luke 10:19
  • He was in the “hinder part” of the ship.  This is where the rudder is located.  He was at the place of choosing the direction of the ship.
  • He was asleep.  No worries.  No fears.  No problems.  No danger.  He was at rest.
  • He was calm.  His followers were in a frenzy.  They were hysterical.  They were filled with fear. 
  • The disciples were certain that they were going to die.  They said so.  “Don’t you care?  We are in serious trouble.  We are going to die.”  
  • To accuse Jesus of not caring is to call Him the opposite of Who He is.  What you say is what you get.  What you believe is what will happen.  What you fear is exactly what will come upon you.

Job 3:25   For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me

Mark 4:39   And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

  • Jesus got up.  Jesus spoke up.  Because His faith was UP. 
  • He rebuked the wind.  (This is the cause of the waves.  You need to speak to the CAUSE not the RESULT).
  • He “said” to the sea.  “Said” means com­manded.  You can command things to happen with the words of your mouth.   No matter how impossible the situation may seem to be. 

Mark 4:40   And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

  • Jesus dealt with the imminent danger, and then He turned to His disciples.  “What’s wrong?” “What’s the matter?”  “Why are you so afraid?”  Why have you decided to die?”  What made you give up?”  “Don’t you know WHO is WITH YOU?”

Mark 4:41   And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

  • They were afraid of the wind.  They were afraid of the waves.  They were afraid of the sea.  Then they were even afraid of the answer.  No won­der Jesus accused them of having no faith.
  • Then they got to talking to one another.  They did not talk to Jesus, they talked to one an­other.  When you talk to one another, gossip will continue.  When you talk to Jesus, gossip will stop.
  • Unless YOU KNOW what Manner of Man Jesus is, you will always find yourself in disturbances and storms and threatening situa­tions. 
  • Why should not the wind and sea obey Him?  He created them.  His Word created the wind and the sea.     
  • Storms are threatening.  Storms can be frightening.  Storms can be fatal.  Storms can be destructive.  Storms can change things.  Storms can be turned into blessings.

I.  BE CALM   (38)

We are to be like Jesus and Jesus never suffered from PANIC or ANXIETY or NERVOUS TENSION.  He as calm, cool, and collected.  He was ASLEEP.  ASLEEP in the MIDST of the STORM.   

My children slept right through some of the greatest storms of my life. They were as­sured that I had everything under control and that I would keep my cool and see them through.     If God is our Father, and He is, then He will take care of us and see us through.  Hallelujah!!

II. SPEAK THE WORD  (39)

The Word spoken in faith and prayed in faith always produces PEACE.  In this storm, Jesus REBUKED the wind and SAID to the sea…  There is a time to PRAY and there is a time to ARISE and SPEAK THE WORD.  Faith-filled words will make the NATURAL submit to the SPIRITUAL.  If “no-faith” which is what the dis­ciples had (“how is it that ye have no faith…?”) yields to the destructive power of storms then FAITH (which is what Jesus had) makes the de­structive power of storms SUBMIT to the POWER of GOD.    

You cannot SPEAK THE WORD if you do not KNOW THE WORD and you cannot ACT ON THE WORD if you do not BELIEVE THE WORD.  WORDS that were FULL OF GOD’S FAITH released God’s Power and brought cre­ation into existence.  (More stars in the heavens that grains of sand on all the shores of all the seas of the earth)  God’s Word spoken and prayed in FAITH will move mountains and stop storms.

III.  DON’T BE AFRAID  (40)  

Notice the times in the Word that Jesus tells us to “fear not…”  Notice the times He was met with a crisis that He said “Do not be afraid…”  Fear and “no faith” are one and the same!!  You will fear to the exact degree that you have no faith.  Little faith… much fear.  Much faith…little fear.  GREAT FAITH… no fear!!  Fear motivates satan and sets demon forces in action.  Fear is a spirit and must be dealt with accord­ingly.  “God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power  and a sound mind…” EVERY STORM YOU FACE will attempt to GET YOU TO MOVE IN FEAR.  The only place in your life that satan can control is that place that is domi­nated by FEAR.  Fearing it is EXPECTING IT to happen.  (New pajamas, new gown, new under ware new robe in drawer saved for when you get sick and go to the hospital) 

  • Jesus did not look at the storm
  • Jesus did not listen to the negative confession of His companions
  • Jesus did not expect the worst to happen
  • Jesus released His faith by the Words He spoke

IV. EXERCISE YOUR AUTHORITY  (41) Take Charge of the Storm

“What manner of man is this?”  Jesus said that you and I would do even GREATER WORKS than He did because He was going to the FATHER.  His return to the FATHER re­leased the HOLY SPIRIT to the CHURCH to function in GOD’S place and DO GOD’S WILL on earth.  What Jesus said is POSSIBLE and any­thing short of it is DOUBT and UNBELIEF.  God has given us (you and me) the ABILITY and POWER and AUTHORITY to do what He says we can do.  “I can’t” is a cop out and cuts across everything God said about His Children.  YOU CAN because GOD SAYS YOU CAN!!  It has nothing to do with how HARD or IMPOSSIBLE the task may be or how VIOLENT your STORM may be.

You are a misfit on earth because you are now made to live and function by heaven’s laws and principles.  You have GOD-POWER… GOD-LIFE… GOD-AUTHORITY living inside of you.  YOU can stand in the storm.  You will conquer your storm.  You will get to the place God wants you to be.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad be­cause the winds of your storm will be invaded by God and they will drive you to the other side!!  Right where God wants  you to be!!!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me…”   walk through the fire and walk on the water… defy devils and cast out demons… witness with power and preach with effective­ness… possess the wisdom of God and have the mind of Christ… Life your life filled with all the fullness of God!  

YOU WILL SURVIVE

FAST FOOD

Posted January 8, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  January 8

Take what is rightly yours.

Many are caught up in the pressures of the present and cannot move out into the promises and provisions of our faith.  We see obstacles and hindrances.  We fear what might be and what could be.  We are worried by our assumptions.  We are confused by our conflicts.  As a result, we live in the stress of unbelief and the anxiety of the uncertain.

We need to KNOW some things.  We need to get out of hoping and praying and into assurance and expectation.    We need to transition from our dream to the fulfillment of it.   We need to possess our possessions.  We have been limited by religion and hindered by tradition.  We have been robbed by man’s doctrine and held back by the opinions of others.  We have been taught a lie and sold a false bill of goods.  We have lived in the natural and walked in the carnal and we have tasted death, defeat, disease, weakness, failure, limitation, disappointment and depression.

It is time for us to possess our possessions.  Jesus has bought them and paid for them.  On the Cross.  With His Blood.

They are all there and they are all ours… now. Today.

Take what Jesus Bought for you

FAST FOOD

Posted January 7, 2022 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  January 7

Go means go.

Go means to not stay.  Go means to not be still.  Go means to not retreat.  Go means to move.  God says go.  God is a Go God.  Not a stop God.  Not a stay God.  Not a retreat God, but a Go God.  Two-thirds of His name is GO.

Go means to do something.  Go means to start.  Go means to begin.  Go means get up.  Go means to move on.  Go means action.

You will have to have a special calling and a special revelation to stay because God has said “Go.”

If God says nothing, that does not mean stay.   He has already spoken and He has commanded us to GO.

He does not need to say it over and over again.

Let’s do this…

And he said unto them, Go…  Mark 16:15

Giving Up or Going On

Posted January 6, 2022 by dickbraswell
Categories: Uncategorized


 Ps. 34:19   Many are the afflictions  (hurts, troubles, adversities, sadnesses) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth (rescues, recovers) him out of them all.

Tough times are common for Believers.  They are a New Birth Mark.  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…”

They are not evidence of God’s displeasure or the results of God’s Judgment.  They are weapons of the enemy to keep you from going on.

They have a life span.  They will “come to pass” They did not come to stay.  Tough times do not last… tough Believers do.

How we handle them determines how long they last.

They are devices of the devil and are his methods and strategies designed to destroy your faith.

The “many afflictions” that are with us simply identify us as “the righteous.”  If we are “the righteous” then we can expect “many afflictions.” And we are promised total deliverance from them ALL… not by what we do but by what God does.

  • Afflictions will come.
  • Trials will come.
  • Temptations will come.
  • Hard times will come.
  • You will be emotionally hurt and wounded. 
  • Grief will come.
  • Impossibilities will come.

When they do, what will you do?

There will be times in your Christian Life when you wonder what is happening.  Things will get spooky.  Situations will get out of control.  The more you try to reel in the problem, the more tangled your line gets.  In the process, you will get tired and weary and impatient.  You will begin to wonder if it is really worth it all.  Discouragement will move in and satan will begin to make you tempting offers and alternatives.  Pursuing God is not an easy thing… The way into Life is Narrow and Straight and only a few will find it according to Jesus.  Sometimes, the way to get relief seems to be just to quit.  To forget it.  To retreat.  To back down.  It is always easier to cop out than to cope.   Situations and circumstances may develop that will press you beyond measure and push you “over the edge.”  How are believers to handle such situations?  What are we to do when we are pressed beyond measure?  Where can we go to get some “relief?”     What are our alternatives?

Here are your options.

1.  You can Quit. 

You can fold up.  You can collapse.  You can cave in.  You really can.  It is possible.  It is an option you have. 

Jesus wondered if his own disciples were going to quit.

Joh 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

It looked like they were going to do what everyone else was doing… they were going to leave.  Back out.  Go back.  Just because following Jesus became a challenge.  A hard thing.  A dividing thing.  A costly thing.  “Are you leaving, too?”  “Will you also go away?”  “Are you going to follow the crowd?”  I’ve wondered at times how many will quit. 

We have faced some formidable obstacles… some costly ones… some demanding ones.     We are nearing the Promised Land… we are close to entering in.  This is when the pressures build and the temptations come.  Will you quit?  Will you throw in the towel?  Will you take a dive?

To quit is  the easiest thing to do and it offers the least resistance.  Anybody can quit.  You can quit.  We can quit.  Many have and others will.  What about you?  Has satan “got your number?”  What will it take to make you quit?  How much more “can you stand?”  Are you at your breaking point?  Is quitting a real temptation for you this morning?  Some who are listening are right at the “giving up” and “quitting” stage.  I know it.  I feel it.  I sense it. 

I have learned over the years that the best way to overcome the temptation to quit is to do something radical.  Something weird.  Something unusual.  Something that is not natural.  “Why you can’t do that…. You’re too old!”   “You should not take the risk, you could be hurt, after all look how old you are.”  “Other people your age would never do that!”  To me “age” does not exist.  I relate to “time” not chronology or age.  And my time is NOW.  For my life and for my ministry.   

Now what will you do?  It’s decision time.  What you decide today will determine the outcome of the rest of your life.  Are you going to Quit or are you Going On?

2. You can compromise and get mad at God.

To compromise is to settle for something less than God’s Best. To be content and satisfied with less than God’s Will for you.  To compromise is to waver in your commitment to God.  It is to be half-hearted.  It is to start with a blast and then fizzle out.  It is to be mediocre.  It is to be lukewarm.  It is to be less than what God wants and less than what God demands. 

To compromise is to look for and settle for the easy way out.  The comfortable way out.  The way of “least resistance.”  To compromise is to refuse to come out of your “comfort zone.”  To compromise is to hit the snooze button when God says, “get up.”  To compromise is to make a deal with the devil.  To cut some slack with hell.  To listen to the voice that says:  “don’t take this God stuff too seriously… after all, it’s going to blow over… it will pass away… it won’t last.  Don’t get involved in all this emotional hype.  It can’t last…”

To compromise is to fail the test.  To compromise is to cheat.  To compromise is to consider self more than God. 

satan is probably saying to you right now…”if you will back off, I will back off!”  “If you will ease up, i will ease up…”  “If  you will slow down, i will slow down.”  You can back down and ease up and let off. 

You can stop and get stuck where you are.  You can be still and placid.  You can retreat and give up ground that you have fought for and won.  Compromise is an alternative.  A real alternative.  A tempting alternative.  But a disastrous alternative.  You can slip back and fall back and go back.    To compromise is to backslide.  To compromise is to stay put.  To compromise is to be comfortable.  To compromise is to be satisfied.  To compromise is to cool off.  To simmer down.  To change what you believe because of what is happening around you.

3.  You can feel sorry for yourself and give in to self-pity. 

You can become introverted… introspective.  You can be so caught up in your own problem that that is all you think about.    You become insensitive to the call of God and the Move of God.  You can become more concerned about YOU than you are concerned about OTHERS.  This is self-pity and it is a sin.  It is selfishness.  It is wrong and it is abusive.  Abusive to others.  Abusive to God.  Abusive to your testimony.  Abusive to your church.

Looking inward can make you compare yourself with others.  Then it can make you mad at others because they are not having it as hard as you are.   It will make you Jealous of others.  It can cause you to be hurt with others.  It will rob you of your joy and contribute to your misery.  It will consume you and cripple you if you do not deal with it. 

It can even make you mad with God.  You will begin to wonder about the wicked getting blessed and others getting blessed (that are not working as hard as you are or doing as much as you) and you can get mad with God.   Really mad.  Upset.  Disgusted.  Then you will get mean and ornery and hateful.  You will begin to feed on the sympathy that others give you.  Next comes the grumbling and the griping and the criticizing.    All because you got into self-pity.  It will shut off the love flow.  It will stifle your compassion.  It will make you miserable and everybody around you miserable.  It will affect your home, your job, your relationships.      

This is an option you have… but it is not a good one. 

4.  OR… you can turn your problems into Opportunities to trust God.  

You can wake up.  Shake yourself.   “Come to yourself…”  (Like the prodigal son)  You can suck it up, reach way down and decide to change things for the better.

You can make your “situations” a test track for the Word of God.  You can stand and sing and shout and refuse to accept defeat.  You can endure and count it all joy when you come into temptations and trials.  You can see every impossible situation as an opportunity to defeat the devil.   You do not have to quit.  You do not have to slow down.  You do not have to give up. You do not have to give in.  YOU CAN GO ON.  You can FINISH the RACE and COMPLETE the COURSE.  You can ACCOMPLISH what God created you to accomplish. 

You are CALLED.  You are COMMISSIONED.  You have a REASON and a PURPOSE for being born.  God is challenging you to “see the invisible and do the impossible.”  Knowing this, let’s declare with the Apostle Paul:

Phil 3: 13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Ok… so you have decided not to quit.  You have decided not to compromise.  You have decided not to feel sorry for yourself.  You have decided to turn your problems into Opportunities to trust God… NOW:  HOW do you do it?  

FIRST…. Understand that you are not the only Believer facing a tough situation.  You are not by yourself.      The very fact that you are tempted to Quit is a good sign…  If nothing is happening to you then you are doing nothing for the Kingdom.  If the devil is not moving, then you are not moving.  If demons are not stirring, then you are not stirring.  If you are not in conflict with the powers of darkness, then you are headed the wrong way.

Ps. 34:19   Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

1Cor. 10:13   There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Our worst problems are like nothing compared with some of the problems others are facing… what if going to church was a life-threatening thing?  What if we lived in the midst of radical Christian-hating religious fanatics?  What if living for God carried any life-threatening risks?  Literally thousands are paying for their faith in other parts of the world. 

SECOND... never expect your Faith Walk to be easy.  You have not chosen an easy way of life.   To live by the Word is the most disciplined life a man or woman can know.  It demands making the flesh take a back seat.  It requires sacrifice, commitment, dedication, discipline.  Every devil in hell is poised to attack.  All the forces of darkness are set in array against you… demon powers have zeroed in on you because you have become a threat to them…. REJOICE and be EXCEEDINGLY GLAD.  SHOUT.  SING.  DANCE.  RUN.  LEAP.  

THIRD... Review your Salvation Contract with God.  If you will, you will see that there is no provision for quitting in it.  When you got saved, you made a Life Commitment to God with no strings attached.  There were no “what ifs” or “just in cases” or other conditional clauses in the Contract.  God did His part.  Jesus did His part.  The Holy Ghost did His part.  The Salvation Contract calls for you to do your part.  You are expected to ENDURE.  “He that endureth unto the end shall be saved…”  “Do not grow weary and faint in your minds…”  “Having done all, Stand!…”  “He that dwelleth in the Secret Place of the Most High shall abide under the Shadow of the Almighty…”

FOURTH... Remember your victories in the past.  See how God delivered you from the “hand of the lion and the hand of the bear…”  That is what David did as he faced the Uncircumcised Heathen Giant   Can you recall any times in the past when God came through for you Big Time?

REMEMBER YOUR PAST VICTORIES.  

FIFTH… You need to REPENT for even considering quitting.  To even think about going back.  It is an affront to God.  It slanders every promise in the Word of God.   

You do not have the RIGHT to quit.   We do not have the privilege of coping out.  You cannot legally cancel your commitment to God.  You are bound by your Promise.  If you have quit, REPENT, and come back.  If you are considering quitting REPENT and stop considering it.  Quitters are losers.  And losers are quitters.  

SIXTH… Rededicate your efforts to Keep on Keeping on.

Renew your mind so that you can think right in the middle of your tight situation.  If you allow your situation to dictate how you think and how you feel you will fail and you will quit.  If you allow your mind to be renewed by the Word of God so that you will think like God thinks then you will not quit.  God did not Quit.  Jesus did not Quit.  The Holy Ghost did not Quit.  The Word did not Quit.  Aren’t you glad they didn’t? 

Be a non-conformist.  Be a radical.  Be different.  Don’t yield to the pressures and allow them to make you back down.  Make your boldest confession in the midst of your darkest trial.  You do not have to be like everybody else.    Be as persistent as the 3 Hebrew Children:  “I will not bow I will not bend… go ahead and heat the furnace and throw us in… God will deliver us out of the fire and out of your hand, devil.”  Be as unwavering as David when he faced his giant (we all have our giants to face, amen?)

 “Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield: but I come to thee in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied… (your situations have defied the Lord God Most High.)

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand and I will smite thee and take thine head from thee and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines

THIS DAY unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth that ALL MAY KNOW there is a GOD IN ISRAEL…

for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands…”  (I Samuel 17:45-47) 

“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude (your situations) for the battle is not your’s, but God’s…”  (II Chron. 20:15) 

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shall condemn…”  (Isa. 54:17)

FINALLY… Rejoice and praise God for the Victory even before it comes!!  Sing and shout.  Leap and dance.  Run and jump.  Rejoice and praise God right where you are before you see any signs of relief. 

Get you some banners and flags.  Paint you some posters.  Hang out some ribbons.  Advertise your victory before you get it.  Buy you a billboard!! Let God see that you are committed to winning and overcoming. 

You can never embarrass God with your Faith.  Persist.  Press through.  Stretch.  See your victory in the eyes of your spirit.  See it so real that you can shout about it.  Sincere, heart-felt praise always precedes victory!!  I command you right now in the Name of Jesus to REFUSE DEFEAT and to CHOOSE VICTORY. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live…!  (Deut. 30:19)

Let’s take our oath of allegiance:  (Stand up and put your right hand on the Bible…)

“I solemnly promise to go on with God.  I promise to actively pursue God and His Divine Purpose for me.  I vow before heaven and earth and hell that I will never retreat.  I will never back up.  I will never slow up.  I will never give up.  I will protect, defend and support to the death  (if necessary) this End Time Move of God.  I will remain faithful to the end… so help me God.”  

FAST FOOD

Posted January 6, 2022 by dickbraswell
Categories: Uncategorized


Word for Today:  January 6

Believers are called to demonstrate satan’s defeat.

And having spoiled principalities and powers, He (Jesus) made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it… Col. 2:15

God is a God of DEMONSTRATION.  He is a GOD of POWER and MIGHT.  He operates in great success and energy.  And He lives inside every Believer.

Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world… 1Jn 4:4

satan is the illegitimate ruler of this world.  he is a defeated and humiliated enemy.  he is a liar and a cheat.  he is an accuser and an intimidator.  he barks but can’t bite because Jesus pulled his teeth.

We have been given Power over the devil and his demons (Mark 16:17).  satan gets his destructive  power from ignorant, naïve Believers.  The devil cannot do what we will not allow him do.

You and I (the Church) have been called into the kingdom to DEMONSTRATE satan’s DEFEAT.  You have been saved to make an OPEN SHOW of satan’s LIMITATIONS and to parade him before the world in an open display of his feeble weakness and utter failure.

Let the parade begin today


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