Here Today gone Tomorrow

Isaiah 40:8″ The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. “

Psalm 103:15 & 16 ” As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more and its place acknowledges it no longer. “

Many of us lack that understanding that we are but a spec in the eye of the longevity of the world. Here today and gone tomorrow, so to speak. Your days are numbered, therefore, how are you spending your time, your days your hours. Some will read this and laugh, while those that know that they are about to move on into eternity understand at a deeper level the significance of serving others, of loving your neighbor. Ask in your morning devotions. ” Lord how may I be of better service to Thee and those around me. ” Seek to serve and to over come your self. The human condition, at times, can be a struggle to over come self centeredness and the idea that you will never die. Try not to squander your days, your moments lost to self, to fear, to laziness and anxiety. Rather, overcome those tendencies that cause you to be self-centered through seeking, asking and knocking. Remember He that is, was, and shall always be loves you and seeks for you to love others.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord I have wasted much of my life in selfishness, self-centeredness and fear. Help me to overcome these selfish ways. Father for forgive me. Help me to be more useful to Thee and others. Help me to fulfill Thy command to Love Thy Neighbor. Amen!!

Rejoice as Children of God

1 John 3:2 ” Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see him just as He is. “

Friend, Rejoice!!! Lift up your voice in Praise to the Most High God for greatly is He to be praised. You have been chosen, and are His son. You are in this royal family. Therefore, be ever joyful that this is your lot. Know that He is Lord over your life and you are divinely protected. Know deep in your soul that He is your friend, he is the Holy of Holies and therefore, you also are declared righteous. Rejoice! Rejoice! For this is truth. All else contrary to this is fleeting realm, real in the sense that you experience the mundane of this dwelling, yet it is not a state of permeance. God is was and shall always be the one reality of which you are His son!!!! Get on Fire over this truth.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord there are no words in which to express my joy, adoration over the truth of who I am in Thee!!! Your word declares this truth and therefore I confess its reality!! Not that I deserve this truth, but that you have declared it so. O Lord of Lord and King of Kings!!! Amen!!

Serve only God and His people

Matthew 6:24 ” You cannot serve God and Mammon “

The Lord is seeking all of your attention. Serving the world, listening to the negative voice and falling into carnal temptation must be overcome. God wants all of you, your consciousness, and to be the director of your life. What are you listening to, what are you viewing with your eyes, and watch your thought life. These are indications of why you struggle with worldliness, negative thinking patterns and your carnal nature. It is very difficult to overcome the world and its trapping when you continue in these patterns of defeat and endless desires. Always remember the world is NOT your friend and you must grow in solitude, and mediation with Christ. God yearns for all of you. Renounce those patterns of defeat, the processes that continue to bring to you shame and failure. Grow in your divine nature.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Over and over again and again Lord I miss the mark. Yet I know that you are there to help me overcome this world. Lord help me to overcome the ignorance that I have about truth and help me to seek you and only you. Help me to overcome desire and be able to rest in you and you alone. Oh, Divine master may Thy will be done. “

You are the Light

Matthew 5:14 & 16 ” You are the Light of the world. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. “

Friend, Christ has chosen His own in which to shine, to love and to be a testimony to all the world of His love. If you are a friend of Jesus, if Christ is your King of Kings and Lord of Lords then grow in this understanding: You are to love others, forgive your enemies and love those who persecute you. If not you then who? Christ has chosen you. Therefore, so let your light shine, especially when you are struggling, down in the dumps and foul. This is the best time to reach out and get out of your self. Remember, the world is not your friend, nor is your self. Learn to rely on the Christ in you, activate your divine nature and love others.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord I love you and you have chosen me to be a light unto the world. Therefore, Lord help me to boldly be that Light. In all I do, say and think let me be a light unto the world. May Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done. Lord may I love others. Lord ignite a fire within me. Amen!! “

Service

Colossians 3:23 & 24 ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. “

We thank God for the churches and pastors of Nukuru, Kenya who have most graciously allowed the Braman Foundation to begin serving their churches. There can be nothing greater than serving others in the name of Christ. Not that we are taking credit or glory but giving it all to Jesus. All for Jesus and in His name let us serve. We are very grateful for this opportunity. Please look forward to our updated photos from this conference and we are so grateful for this experience. God Bless Kenya!!!

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord show me how to lay aside selfishness to better serve my fellows. Lord help me to overcome my self through Thy unending grace and mercy. For in Thee I do not get what I deserve and through you I am saved!! Amen.

Cast ALL your Cares Upon Him

Philippians 4:6 ” Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. “

Friend, what Paul does NOT say is that you old onto difficulties and only make some of your requests known to the Lord. No, No friend, pour it all out unto the Lord. Over and over get acquainted with the Lord through your constant supplication and prayer. It is in this idea that through self, I can handle some of my circumstances yet the Lord wants ALL of your requests. many say well God already knows before I ask. This may be true yet this verse is prompting to let all your requests be known by Him. Press into this and grow bit by bit in this understanding.

Mid-Week Prayer ” Over and Over I plead with you Lord and you come to my rescue. Lord over and over I seek Thy ways and you come and sup with me. Peace and Love fills me in midst of a troubles world. Father God open my heart to Thy ways and make me understand. Lord, Lord, Lord may Thy will be done. Amen!!”

Love your Neighbor

1 John 3:2b ” For this reason the world does not know us because it did not know Him.”

Friend, what separates you from this world is love, not the love of this world but rather the Love of Jesus within you. You have this because you are born of Jesus. You are born anew, again. This separates you from among the world. Always remember why you are not of this world but rather in this world. Yes, you are to play a role but like a loose glove be ever free from this world. For soon you will be here one day and gone from here after. Therefore, this is not your resting place. However, Jesus does want you to love just as He did. He knows that at times it may be difficult, but learn to love as He did, without condition!!!

Mid-Week Prayer ” Lord, Lord, Lord help me to love others and not judge them but love with no conditions. Lord you know my heart. Mold me and make me Thine own. Free me from my self to love as you do. Let not my heart be troubled!!! Amen.”

Love others with Your Deeds

1 John 3:18 ” Little Children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. “

Friend, give of your self to others. There are many less fortunate right near you now. Reach out and touch some one. God is asking you to love others through your good deeds. His command to Love Thy Neighbor is growing within you. Be ever on the move to serve others through the love in you. Friend, you know this love. An unconditional love that knows no bounds. Many are called but few respond to Christ’s Call to be like Him. Be imitators of Jesus. That is what our world needs, now. He knows your heart cry, He knows your struggles and he knows your obedience to His call, His will. Move forward in love and bless others. They await you.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord over and over I hear the call to press into loving others through reaching out and touching them. Lord let me life be an example for others to follow to glorify you, you and only you. Lord let my good deeds be used to raise others up and to love Thy neighbor. Lord may Thy will be done!!! Amen “

You have been bought with a Price

1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20 ” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. “

Once born again you are not your own. In other words, Christ is yours. He has taken you, and the fight or the difficulty is growing in that truth, in your sanctification. There is a struggle as you lessen your egotism and grow in understanding at deep levels of the Christ within you. Letting go of self, while intellectually may seem simple, but in truth there are deep rooted tendencies that can only come out through long arduous work with the Holy Spirit. Many Christians today are satisfied with secure mundane circumstances and tend not to go all the way with Christ. Thus, worldliness has taken its root in the modern Church through trends such as the prosperity gospel and alike. It is not the gifts of God we ought to yearn but Christ Himself. Your life is not your own.

Mid-Week Prayer: ” Lord it is difficult to really find a deeply dedicated group of followers that want all of You. Lord in much of my travels many of your followers are more interested in your gifts instead of loosing their selves in Thee. Lord help me to deepen the understanding that ” my life is not my own “, but Thine. Not my will but Thine be done. “

The Lord will Sustain You

Psalm 55:22 ” Cast your burdens upon the Lord, and He will sustain you, He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. “

Allow the Lord to handle all your difficulties. Shed then upon Him for His Yoke is easy and burden light. He knows of your troubles, why worry, fret and fear. Before you even allowed fear into your consciousness He knew of your dilemma. He knows every hair upon your head. As far is from the East to the West He knows. So talk to Him, cast all your cares upon Him and he will give you rest. For He is God and you are His servant. The question is this: Are you His? Have you truly surrendered all to Christ at the foot of His cross? OR do you continually hold unto control thinking you know better than He and aim to control? Remember cast all your burdens and He will sustain you!!!

Mid-Week Prayer: Lord, I hold unto the reigns and worry ensues. I no any amount of anxiety is sin. Yet i hold unto reason as if I play Thy Role. Lord forgive my sin and cleanse me from my iniquity and take me to a higher level, a deeper level in Thee. Lord release in me the tendencies to control, manipulate and plan my selfish means. Lord help me to be a disciple that loves Thy Neighbor. Amen. “