Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | June 25, 2017

If You REALLY want the World to be DIFFERENT

Recently reading God’s Word in Colossians 3:12-17….the thought came to me….IF ONLY we would all DO these words….how DIFFERENT our families, work places, culture, country and world would be!

“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  116178865357195221_d6wnZJ0g_fRemember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  ABOVE ALL, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.  For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace.  And always be thankful. 

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives, Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives.  Sing psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  And WHATEVER YOU DO OR SAY, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Can you JUST IMAGINE how DIFFERENT families would be?  Work place relationships would be…culture…our nation…and the world?  THINK ABOUT IT.  Read those words over and over and ASK GOD to give you a REVELATION of them and to empower you to put them into ACTION in your own life and in the lives of others!  How FAR we have fallen from these simple truths!!!

This all BEGINS with a belief in Almighty God…the ONE GOD: our Creator, our Savior, our Lord! Apart from that…it is impossible to do.  But He does and will empower anyone who humbly comes to Him and dares to believe He IS who He says He is!  Differing religions offer “their ways” to mankind (many of which include some good things), but there is only ONE who is “the Way”…. and with whom we may have a personal relationship…and not just some “religious viewpoint”.

 The One True God is….the God of the Bible.  Whosoever will…may come.  His Arms are open wide to those who will dare to humble themselves, ask for,  and receive this personal relationship with Him, by repenting of their sins (from their heart), and receiving the sacrifice of Jesus’ Blood on the Cross of Calvary.

The Bible…the true Word of God is filled with the words of LIFE that teach and explain all of this.   For Jesus spoke saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me!”  John 14:6

Only THIS GOD…can infill mankind with His Holy Spirit…who alone…has the power to enable us to DO the words written above in Colossians 3:12-17.  Read them again…meditate on them. T1113208523015665423S500x500Q85his, alone, will put an END to all the hate, and anger, and violence that is currently raging about us…especially today…in America.

Imagine the main stream media reporting on tenderheartedness, kindness, mercy, humility, gentleness, and patience among people. Stories that tell of people making allowances for each other’s faults, and literal actions of forgiveness.  Realities of people clothing themselves with love, peace and thankfulness, for these things bind us together in perfect harmony.   Remember the old song…”Let there be PEACE on earth…and let it begin with ME!”

Well,  it begins…with JESUS IN US!  In a personal relationship.  Won’t you let Him in your heart?  I have. It, alone, makes the difference we need…and this world needs.   And like me…won’t you ask Him for a FRESH REVELATION of what it means to live out Colossians 3:12-17 and pray that all men…everywhere will do the same?

If you haven’t…don’t be expecting there to be change in the current situations. So don’t complain or point fingers at others.  Satan started that old “blame game” in the Garden in the beginning, and it never has, nor it ever will change anything.

Just sayin……if you REALLY want the world to…BE DIFFERENT!

Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 10, 2017

AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM! Part 2

Once we enter the Kingdom of God, our spirits become alive unto Him.  All parts of 150943_430782643662290_288041493_nour being (our soul and our body) that were not His, now belong to God.  Our spirits have been “born again”.   We are “new creations” in Christ Jesus! We are to come to Him…in Spirit and in Truth!

“Jesus said, “I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus, “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

“Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water (natural birth) and Spirit (spiritual birth).  Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.  So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again.  Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”   John 3: 3-8

Being alive unto God by the spirit means being spiritually awake and continually aware of Him and the things of His Spirit.  However, many Christians experience lives led by their flesh.  This means that their soul (mind, will, and emotions) and body are in control and dominate their lives and behavior; and their spirits “slumber and sleep”. They are unaware of what is going on about them spiritually and how their lives “connect” to Heavenly activity in the realm of the spirit. Living out our lives under the control of our soul and body is not how God planned us to live.  We are to live guided and directed by His Spirit through our own redeemed spirit. Our soul (mind, emotions, and will) are to be renewed and submit to our spirit.  Our body is to also submit to our spirit.

To be spiritually AWAKE is to be spiritually AWARE!

AWARENESS is a consciousness of that which is about us, emotionally, physically….and spiritually!

There is no need to fear being spiritually AWAKE and AWARE!  Ask God for it!  If we have a teachable spirit, God will make us individually aware of that which we need to see about Himself…ourselves…others, AND the times we are living in!  This spiritual awareness can protect us, forewarn us, and also help us overcome some of that personal “blind side”  of our flesh that continually gets us into trouble.  Being spiritually aware is part of being alert to multitudes of conflicts in the cultural surroundings, relationships, and events we face daily.   To do that, we must be in touch with our redeemed spirit and then renew our mind and thinking by continually studying God’s Word and praying, asking God to reveal Himself and His truth to us personally.

“Teach me, O Lord, what I do not see. If I have done wrong, I will do it no more.”  Job 34:32

This becomes the attitude of our heart.  After all, His purpose is that we love Him completely…, love ourselves correctly…, and love others compassionately. We are truly unable to do that apart from His guidance, help, and grace.  So ASK for it!

AWARENESS  moves us toward positive spiritual change and growth,  toward solving life’s problems,  toward getting needs met,  toward our next lesson in life.  129478558006631345_u50twnRU_cThe Holy Spirit teaches us “line upon line, precept upon precept,  here a little, there a little,” Isaiah 28:10 as we continually make ourselves available to Him.

It is only as we are purposefully aware…conscious of­­­  God’s revealed Truth that He is able to get our attention in life and prepares us for real CHANGE and GROWTH­­­­­­ from the INSIDE – OUT!  The awakened Believer is AWARE and conscious of God and His Word because he “studies to show himself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15

Such a one is conscious of their responsible privilege, seeking God continuously in prayer to  become increasingly aware of God’s full purpose for his or her life!   In doing so, we learn the TRUTH about God and His ways…how to “enter in His Presence”…how to be a “doer of the Word”…how to not be ashamed of Jesus but to run TO Him in times of  trouble.  As a result, our “spiritual awareness” will increase…significantly!  We will be spiritually AWAKE and ALERT!

It is so critical that the generation of young people who are 25 and under….over HALF of the world’s population… becomes spiritually aware in this manner so that they can reach their own peers in these crucial End Times!  No one can truly reach them except those who, themselves, are  filled with God’s Holy Spirit!  Spiritually AWAKE!  Spiritually AWARE!  Spiritually RISING UP!!  Spiritually ALERT…and going forth to sound the spiritual ALARM that Jesus is, indeed, coming SOON!

This is the generation who will welcome Him back as Lord; and those, in their teens and twenties are going to have a significant part in this awesome time table! God needs ALL to AWAKE, ARISE, ALERT, and ALARM…but this is especially the hour for the generation of teens and twenties to humble themselves and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth! They are the Church, and God is calling to them…NOW!

  1. Read article from Archive called Vision of Two Time Periods,  May 2012

 

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

~ Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 10, 2017

AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM!

For twenty five years, the Lord has moved on me to periodically share this word He spoke to my heart.  He told me that for the rest of my life…I was to “sound an 302586_10151179291964634_1666792552_nalarm” with it in ways and in times in which He would lead.  As 2017 has dawned upon us…I see…especially in America,  dire situations that call for it to be spoken, once again, to the people who reside in the realms of influence to which the Lord has appointed me.  It is a NOW message…it is a Call to ACTION…a Call to RESPOND!

May it be PERSONAL to each of us, and may we each RECEIVE IT, and EXAMINE OURSELVES (2 Corinthians 13:5) to see if we are personally walking in FAITH and RIGHTEOUSNESS with God!

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In 1992, I was trying to get to sleep late one night. I tossed and turned, and finally realized that I needed to get up, go downstairs and pray. I spent quite some time just crying out to God in prayer, and as a result I began to specifically hear a significant message from the Lord.  In my spirit I could clearly hear these words:

AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM!

It was as if the Spirit of the Lord emblazoned this thought in my heart and it has never left me all these years! I recorded those piercing words in a journal and have often spoken them to Christians in the arenas of influence which I have been given, for I know them to be words from the heart of God which are to be taken seriously.  (Especially TODAY in 2017!)

Each word is a call to action, and each word expects a response from the people of God!

When I first heard them in July of 1992, they came to my spirit very emphatically, as though the Spirit of God was speaking them in a steady staccato rhythm! Over and over I hear them ring out in my spirit!

AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM!
AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM!
AWAKE! ARISE! ALERT! ALARM!

These are timely words by which God is calling His people… to shake off a slumbering spirit, get up and awaken from the places of comfort, ease, or entitlement any may find themselves in, arise within their spirits, be alert to the seriousness of the hour in which we are all living! Sound the alarm, the message, that people from all nations need Jesus Christ living in their hearts! For apart from Him, people do not find true eternal salvation…and they are not able to truthfully see what is happening in our world (and America especially) at this current time.

People need a Savior! People need the Lord!

The message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has been continuously preached for over 2000 years. Millions of people have heard and answered the call throughout all generations but the call continues to come….the invitation still stands to the billions of people that are alive on the face of the earth today. Whosoever will….may come unto Him and receive His Holy Spirit into their hearts, thus receive cancellation of the debt of their personal sin and be transformed in their spirit into a new creation in Christ Jesus.

It takes humility to acknowledge that there is an authority higher than our own, and an even greater humility to keep one’s self under that Authority daily.

God is our Creator, and He who made us has creation “rights” to His creation. Yet, in His love, He created us with a free will, giving us the right to make the choice as to whether we will allow Him to be Lord, the One with Authority in our lives, or not.

He designed us to live under the sheltering provision of His Authority, His will and His way. As we bring our personal wills into line with His Sovereign will, we receive the eternal benefits of His provision; but those who do not choose to “agree” with the One who created them, forfeit the Kingdom benefits of eternal provision and protection.

Awake!  Arise!  Alert!  Alarm!

We serve a merciful and gracious God who suffers long in waiting upon His Creation, man, to make this pivotal choice and surrender his life to Him. But in His written Word, He has stated that He will “not strive forever with man,” (Genesis 6:3)

God’s word tells His people that they are to “walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. In the New Living Translation,He says it this way:  “So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit.  Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.” (16-17)

Verses 19-21 spell out that the works and desires of the flesh are evident in these things: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin.  Let me tell you AGAIN, as I have before, that ANYONE living that sort of life will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:16, 19-21)

Walking under the sheltering provision of His Kingdom is to take such warnings seriously and heed them in our daily lives. AWAKE to righteousness! ARISE, step away from the works of the flesh. Be ALERT to the words of God! Heed the ALARM that is being sounded, calling men and women across the world out of bondage and the gross darkness of sin and into the marvelous light of God’s grace and truth!

Be one who leads the way!  Others will follow as you look to Jesus and sound the ALARM for the cause of the Kingdom of God!   This is a Call to ACTION…a Call to RESPOND in your own personal life!!!

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet, who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”         Esther 4:14

…..to be continued.

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

~ Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | August 4, 2016

The ARK of SAFETY

NOTE:  Words such as this and others on this blog do not come from “head” knowledge…but are “revealed” knowledge to the heart to those who “humble themselves, pray, and seek His Face” continually. They are not for controversy nor debate.  Only those who truly seek God will be able to understand and receive them…for the “wisdom of God (insight into the true nature of things) is foolishness to the world!” When God speaks, He uses many metaphors…as He did in the Parables…but the says what He means…and He means what He says…unlike mankind.  We do well to take heed to what God speaks!

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In the days and months and years that are rushing at you, it is not going to be “church as usual”, for My people; for life is not going to be “as usual”.  The peril, the danger, the darkness, the very turmoil of the world is going to strike such fear in the heart of man, and many…MANY are going to RUN to the House of the Lord!  They are going to stream into the Kingdom of God – the Mountain of the Lord – for refuge – for safety!

And you who have been prepared and already abide there are going to stand as watchmen and gatekeepers welcoming them as they stream – hungry and thirsty – to My altar.  noahs-ark.jpgYou shall open your arms to them and receive and welcome them with joy and with an urgency into the “ark of safety“, for it will be the ONLY true place of safety – the ONLY place of refuge  – the ONLY place of rest that remains. God’s Presence IS the Ark of Safety!

It won’t be “business as usual”.  You won’t be begging and urging and warning others to WAKE UP.  The shear magnitude of the peril will have shaken My people into awareness, and many who presently slumber and sleep spiritually will awake and arise to their feet!  My Glory will fill My Temple. My Light will be a Beacon in the dark hour,and from far and near…they will come…they will come!

Many image bearers have been readied – prepared – equipped – clothed to welcome many and to lead many who are about to awaken within.  It will be supernatural!  It will be Ephesians 3:20 (“abundantly above and beyond all you could ask or think“)!  It will be GLORY in the CHURCH!

You are to keep your eyes on Jesus…and not on the people nor on the dangerous activity or insanity outside in the world.  Let Me take you up higher in preparation to “see as I see”.  For many will come with fear and terror on their heels, and you must welcome them with peace and love – with calm and say to their storm…”Peace, Be still!”

Be about My business.  Focus upon Me.  I will provide.  I will take care of My own in the days to come…just as I did for my own in Egypt in the days of Moses…where, in the darkness that swallowed up Egypt…there was always a LIGHT in Goshen, the land of My people (Exodus 10:21-23)!  This will be so for those of Mine who continually “look unto Me” (Hebrews 12:2) and away from all that would distract (and there will be MUCH to distract).  You will need to focus upon My person to walk in My Light and endure til the end.  Events will hit with such a magnitude, and things will happen so fast that no many can grasp nor remedy it anyway.

Fret not yourself.  Do not fear.  Be anxious for nothing.

The world “system of domination”, as you know it will one day pass away.  Hold not to any of it, for to hold on to it is to be cast away with it.  Let it go, and take My hand.  I am drawing you to Myself…to my “ark of safety“…the place of My Presence.  Rest in My embrace.  My provision, for I am the Prince of Peace…your place of safety!

Do not be “caught up” in what is going on around you.  Prepare to receive those that shall be coming unto Me.  Always reach out with an extended hand to help, but as you help them…point them to ME.  Encourage them in the Spirit.  Be committed to helping them prepare to meet Me.  Show them the way.  Don’t just give people your “experience”…give them JESUS; for He, alone, can save.

During this time, life on earth will not be “as usual”.  Already…it isn’t as it was…not as how you have known it.  Do not fear.  Do not panic.  Do not spend time in over-due grief of unresolved emotions.  Pass through the grief and receive My resolve and My perspective concerning the changes that have come and are to come.  Avoid confusion and double mindedness when the new comes.  Step out in faith…looking only unto Jesus.  Do only what you “see” Me do, and speak only what you “hear” Me say.  Be watching.  Be listening.  I will show you specifics, and I will speak specifics to you. It is crucial in these critical times.  It is necessary.

People must worship Me and turn from idolatry of things, of people, of culture, of money, of power. Idolatry comes when people look to anyone or anything OTHER THAN ME, for they draw something else unto themselves that has no power to help nor change them.   Anything other than Me, or My Word, is death.

The FIRE of GOD must NOT go out on the altar of your heart!  This FIRE of which I speak is one of intensity!  My people must be intentional about a white hot love for Me. striking-a-matchKeep the firewood of sacrifice stacked high upon it. Keep the FIRE fueled with obedience so that it will protect you.  My FIRE will protect you when the fire of the world and hell rages about you.  You shall abide in the center of the flame in this critical hour.  My people MUST come into that place – the white heated hottest part – for ONLY THERE will they be protected from the fire of peril that will rage in the world!

Be not afraid…for lo, I am with you…even til the end of the age!

~ from the listening heart of Sandy Brunson

Looking unto JESUS…

Sandy

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | August 1, 2016

STAND UNMOVED Despite Turmoil Everywhere

The ominous news from around the world is so severe as it compounds from nation to nation, and I sense a lot of people are “holding their breath” these days.  Words of “prediction” are flying fast and furiously from outside as wells as inside the church.  In the “natural”, the consensus is so mixed…that one cannot depend upon debate to “tip the scales” of reality to know for sure what is to happen in the coming days.  46795283597746447_jzJHNdD7_fThere is no ONE voice strong enough to make a definite case for one possible scenario over another these days; and because this is so, we, as God’s people, must simply continue in it all to “look to JESUS” through the written words of God in the scriptures to find refuge and direction through the mounting maze of rhetoric…both secular and spiritual.

Psalms 46 from the original Living Bible has some powerful insight that I believe are fitting for these “uncertain” times we are experiencing.  There is NOTHING unsure or uncertain about our God.  He knows exactly where all these events are leading, and His words of promise are steady, certain, and absolute.  Not a one of them shall fall to the ground.  Upon THIS we must fix our minds and hearts…for in so doing…we will be set “upon the Rock of our salvation”…the Eternal Truth of our God.

“God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble.  And so we need not fear even if the world blows up and the mountains crumble into the sea.  Let the oceans roar and foam; let the mountains tremble!  There is a river of joy flowing through the City of our God -the sacred home of the God above all gods.  God Himself is living in that City;  therefore, it STANDS UNMOVED despite the turmoil everywhere.  He will not delay his help.  The nations rant and rave in anger – but when God speaks, the earth melts in submission and kingdoms totter into ruin.

“The Commander of the armies of Heaven is here among us.  He, the God of Jacob, has come to rescue us.  Come, see the glorious things that our God does, how He brings ruin upon the world, and causes wars to end throughout the earth, breaking and burning every weapon.  Stand silent!  (Be Still!) KNOW that I AM GOD!  I will be honored by every nation in the world!  The Commander of the heavenly armies is here among us!  He, the God of Jacob, has come to rescue us!”

God’s Word is True…for JESUS is TRUTH.  One definition of Truth is “that which agrees with ultimate reality”, and as the people of God, we must keep our sights and our purpose upon “that which agrees with ultimate reality!”  18417_10205678998728237_7566646539337316960_nWe will literally “see” many unnerving things happen…but the Truth remains unchanged -UNMOVED!  Fix your gaze upon it!  It is the anchor of our soul…the Light in the darkness…the way through it ALL!

Jesus Christ (the Way, the Truth, the Life) is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!  Hebrews 13:8.  He is ever the LIGHT of the world!This sure knowledge brings with it such JOY, such PEACE, such LOVE…eternally dependable!  Lift Him high for all to see by the way you live your daily life. The multitudes will be drawn to it…as you “STAND UNMOVED despite turmoil everywhere!”

Shine, JESUS, Shine!  Fill this land with the Father’s Glory!

Looking unto JESUS…

Sandy

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

http://www.facebook.com/2Chron714Network

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | May 28, 2015

I Will Not Let You Go…Until You BLESS ME

My continual prayer for us as God’s people is “CHANGED HEARTS”, for I know when THAT changes…the rest will follow close behind. Remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33: “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you,” is a reminder when THAT becomes one’s focus…everything else that is of primary importance will follow.

Prayers of PERSISTENCE…prayers that will not give up until God blesses you …UNTIL you then see HIS WILL become reality in Your life.

When we think of change…we mostly think of a change of behavior yet…more deeply than that….God longs for and desires a change of heart. One that turns from darkness…to light; from a lie…to God’s TRUTH; from our will…to His Will.

As that begins to happen in a life…and change deepens, spiritual and emotional growth and development will kick into gear once again in people’s lives…and they will begin to walk toward their true DESTINY in God – rather than running from it.

God has HIS part to do…but we have OURS, too. And that is to keep on praying….to not let the Lord go…until He blesses in the fullness of spiritual development and maturity so we can fulfill our purpose and destiny.

Place the “shoe” where it fits…it may be concerning your child…it may be you own personal life and walk with the Lord…it may be in your own health… or even a business deal….Specific to the current needs in your own life, it maybe in your marriage which may be harboring some “open wounds” that need His healing touch of repair and restoration…. …BUT LISTEN to what the Holy Spirit “is saying” to us as the “church”. Listen and learn….

beautiful champion male english bulldog standing in the grass

beautiful champion male english bulldog standing in the grass

Over a period of five years, my family owned two English bulldogs. These were the real thing! Pedigree specimens. One was called Dixie Jubilee and the other was Buster Bo!

There is a myth about bulldogs that they are fierce and mean. Strangers almost universally seem to be afraid of them. But the opposite is true. Do not look at a bulldog’s mouth and teeth…instead, look at his eyes (which are sort of bugged on that smashed face). The eyes are gentle and sweet. They are not vicious…except to people who are mean to them.

There is a specific quality in bulldogs. Once they latch on with their mouth, they will NOT let go UNTIL they decide they want to. These dogs can be hit or beaten, but they will not let go UNTIL they are good and ready! They have a strong grip with their mouth. The fact that they have no neck somehow helps them to hold fast and stay connected!
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We, as the Body of Christ, need to be that closely connected to the Head, Jesus Christ, so that our grip in prayer will be similar to that of the bulldog. We must be people who boldly approach God with the prayer of utter shameless persistence. It includes the concept of great boldness, of urgency, of pressing one’s request, claim, or demand to the very limits, and it includes determination to persist in that urgent boldness…UNTIL it receives the answer. Andrew Murray, a great man of prayer, said that this is a determination to persevere in prayer, to spare not time nor trouble…TILL an answer comes.

This kind of persistent prayer means, that, like the bulldog, we will NOT let go UNTIL we receive fulfillment of the promise of God upon a matter. It will take some effort, some struggle, some time, some wrestling with issues to see the matter through. A few sentences of “mental prayers” will not “cut it!” Why? Because they have no urgent dynamic, no force, no power to persevere. In prevailing prayer, we either sign on for the duration and relentlessly stay in the prayer battle, or we will not obtain the result we believe God desires…which by now, should be our desire.

To see results in prayer, it will take persistence, perseverance, commitment, and discipline. It will take a willingness to struggle to the point of a “changed nature” in the course of the praying.

Often, and in this kind of prayer…. “change means pain”. Think of it….change only comes with struggle…a birthing….a new nature. Are we willing to go through the pain that comes with a changed heart in that one we are praying for, or even in OURSELVES? Go through the “go through”! When you can’t go around it…under it…over it… you have to “go THROUGH it” to get to the kind of change God is desiring…..a CHANGE of HEART…a CHANGE of nature that will bring glory to the Lord!

Looking ALWAYS to this JESUS!

Sandy

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

http://www.facebook.com/2Chron714Network

Also…become my Facebook friend a http://www.facebook.com/sandy.brunson

Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | April 5, 2015

The INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

ALMOST TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO….there was a Man born contrary to the laws of life.  This Man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity.  He did not travel extensively.  Only once did he cross the boundary of the country in which He lived and that was during His childhood exile.

27120_474478885959332_341760986_nHe possessed neither wealth nor influence.  His relatives were inconspicuous, and He had neither training nor formal education. In infancy, He startled a king; in childhood, He puzzled doctors; in manhood, He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavement, and hushed the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service.  He never wrote a book, and yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him.

He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more than all the songwriters combined.  He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students.  He never practiced medicine, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.  Every seventh day, the wheels of commerce cease their turning and multitudes find their way to worshiping assemblies to pay homage and respect to Him.

The names of the past proud statesman of Greece and Rome have come and gone.  The names of past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone; but the name of this Man abounds more and more.  Though time has spread two thousand years between the people of this generation, and the scene of His crucifixion, yet HE STILL LIVES!!!  Herod could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

He stands in Heavenly Glory, proclaimed of God, as the living personal Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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The Lord Jesus Christ is ALIVE and WELL and has everything under control!  There isn’t anything that can take God by surprise, so I encourage you to rest in Him and know that all is well!    The scriptures declare that there is 18417_10205678998728237_7566646539337316960_nno height high enough nor any depth deep enough that can separate us from the LOVE OF GOD which is IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!  He is all we need, and so be encouraged in the Lord and know that HE LOVES YOU and is ALIVE and WELL able to meet every need in your life.  Isaiah 49:13-16; Romans 8:39

As long as the Lord is in control of our lives, there shouldn’t be anything that should have us worrying or contemplating what our future holds.  The Apostle Paul says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain!”  I encourage you to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Don’t allow the news of this world to make you fear or worry about your future.  God has everything under control and is allowing His prophecies to come to pass right before our eyes!  Remember, Jesus said, when these things begin to come to pass (wars, persecutions, famines, etc.) then look up…and lift up your heads, for your redemption…even in the midst of such things….draws near!!!  Philippians 1:21; Luke 21:20-36

Be encouraged and know that God has not forgotten YOU.  He has given us the privilege to be the generation to see Him coming in the clouds of Heaven!  Rejoice in the Lord and never allow this world’s problems to make you forget about your eternal home.  This world and the problems associated with it are only temporary, but the world that is to come is one without problems and will last for all eternity!  Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; John 16:33

Looking ALWAYS to this JESUS!

Sandy

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 17, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 10, Tests and Trials, B

~  Continued from Part 9 A ….

Personally, I want to share with you that when the revelation of WAIT TRAINING first came to me…it was over 23 years ago.  I received it into my heart as a serious student of God’s Word, one who had answered His call to “humble myself, pray, and seek His Face” daily (2 Chronicles 7:14) as His child and follower…I had NO IDEA what the nature of the tests and trials I would face over those many years would be.  I received His Truth in my heart but because we live on a “fallen, sin filled planet” I, along with all others, went through the fires of hurt and pain, sickness and loss, discouragement and disappointment, relocation and change many times over the next 23 years.  There were many victories, much good , too…however I learned along the way that it was only as I applied this revelation recorded here that I would grow, develop, and mature as a Christian. 02f9628464ac6ca761970f13a5263120 I did not even attempt to write and preserve the words of this revelation for myself for about 10 years after first receiving it.  And yet…more WAIT TRAINING was in my next 13 years.  Proving one’s faith with patience….possessing our soul (mind, will, and emotions)  fully for God… is part of what a Christian faces living on this “fallen planet”.  And in living here…we will all be touched, tested and tried by the situations that arise in life. How we respond IN these situations…uncomfortable as they are…is what defines us as a follower of Jesus Christ!

Even currently, I am personally in the midst of several very serious situations that are “testing and trying” to my level of comfort…but I refuse for them, or the enemy of my soul, to steal my faith in our GOOD GOD who is ALMIGHTY and ABLE to direct and carry me and these situations to His ultimate plan and purpose for my life!  I make a CHOICE…day by day…to SERVE GOD ANYWAY….to  humble myself, pray, and seek Him in the midst of such tests and trials and OBEY HIS DIRECTIVES to me in the face of them!

Escaping such opportunities to exercise our faith….and to grow and develop the strength of God in our lives is a luxury none of us can afford.  To do so would leave us as spiritually weak, immature. and ineffective as followers of Jesus.  We are His people who are asked to call “His Kingdom to COME…and His Will to BE DONE on earth as it is in Heaven!”  Matthew 6:10  We are each called to be soldiers in the Army of the Lord in this critical hour.  Enlistment in His army calls us to not stay weak and “wimpy” for long.  That is simply not tolerated because of the serious work of reaching out to and serving others that we are called unto as His representatives.  Softness and luxury are not found in the experience of soldiers.  Duty and responsibility, which often require “waiting” and “watching” in a state of readiness no matter what the climate or weather or conditions around them is the order of the day…and night!

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus….ENDURE hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules!”  2 Timothy 2:1, 3-5 (NIV)

It is in the midst of tests and trials that He calls us to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.  Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH, having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of PEACE; above all, taking the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD;  PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”  Ephesians 6:13-18

We need the STRENGTH of GOD to be able to wear this spiritual armor…and the scriptures teach us that the “JOY of the LORD IS…our STRENGTH!”  Nehemiah 8:10.  Therefore…we ARE to “count it all JOY” not if…not maybe…but WHEN we fall in to various trials.  KNOWING THIS…that the “testing of your faith” products PATIENCE!”  James 1:2-4.  There is no way to obtain patience…EXCEPT through experiencing these “test and trials”.  It is not an option!  So why are we trying to avoid them?  God has promised to be WITH US…IN them!  AND to see us THROUGH each and ever one of them!!!  Hallelujah!

ae2b25c33f69c6e4ca5537b87c9029a7PRAYER FOR STRENGTH

“Lord, we pray that our strength in You be made NEW!  We ask AND RECEIVE…for Your Divine strength in exchange for our fleshly weakness.  Through faith in Your ability, we yield to You, for You will enable us to mount up with wings and fly as eagles, soaring above any crushing circumstances and pressing situations that confront us.  Give us that stabilizing strength to stand and successfully fulfill all our responsibilities to You as we do our part in building Your Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.

“We ask AND RECEIVE the strength to STAND Lord, and having done all required in a situation, to STAND THEREFORE!  Especially if our stand requires WAITING.  Lord, thank You for Your Grace to stay and abide for the time limit and to be constantly in a position of readiness for any action You require of us.

“Lord, we ask that as we run the race You have appointed before us that when we are tempted to be weary in well doing, we will receive strength to continue on and not give up nor quit in our quest for spiritual maturity, thus bringing falling short in our experience of Your purpose in and through us.

“We continue to draw from Your strength, O Lord, to be able to walk in the Spirit daily with You and not faint by losing the COURAGE You have exhorted us to be strong in.  Lord, our desire is to truly BE STRONG in YOU, Lord and in the POWER of YOUR MIGHT!”

In Jesus’ Strong and Mighty Name, we pray!  Amen

Our Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ wants to preserve us.  He also wants to prepare and promote us, but that includes…YES…WAIT TRAINING! Waiting in the midst of a situation is “trying and testing” in nature.  It is not comfortable and is sometimes even painful….Nonetheless…let us put our training shoes on and boldly and fearlessly continue on in the will of God for our lives!  Eyes…straight ahead…UPON JESUS!

~ to be continued….

Looking unto Jesus,

Sandy

PURPOSEFUL:  Exercising determination to stay on track until the goal is achieved.  And that goal is spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus!

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 12, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 9, Tests and Trials (A)

Living under an ongoing program of “wait training”, we can sometimes expect certain things in our lives that will be “testing”, as well as,”trying” in nature!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith products patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect, (mature, strong in God’s strength) and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:2-4 NKJ

Spiritually, we are to “count it all joy” when we undergo a training program that is designed by 75cd33a11b8b3bcc9ec45e00b11618ccGod to activate patience in our lives. This patience is a force of consistency in us – “a holy and spiritual quality that is absolutely necessary in the Christian faith if we are to “endure to the end.”  Jesus spoke in Luke 21:19 saying “In your patience, possess your souls.”  Patience is a part of the strength of God that will enable us to be over-comers in this life.  This strength enables us to walk with an ability to bear trials without grumbling and complaining and to persevere in testing. It equips us to “Endure hardship as a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ!”  2 Timothy 2:3

Many times, hardship is a direct off-shoot of a time of waiting; but we are to remember that God’s kind of waiting has purpose within it!  Purpose is a key in the wait training process, and it is our personal responsibility to seek God concerning that purpose in each opportunity we are given to wait.  God’s purpose in each test and trial will be directly related somehow to that “goal set before us” that continually calls us “up higher” in Him.  We are to ever be found, “pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling that is in Christ Jesus!”  Philippians 3:14

We must know that this prize of the “high calling” that is in Christ Jesus is available and attainable to every child of God.  Our Holy God does not hold out things before us that are impossible to attain. They are all things that draw us closer to Him and conform us more to His likeness, in Spirit and in Truth. But to come “up higher” unto them, we must be willing and obedient to train ourselves in righteousness and exercise ourselves unto godliness through opportunities such as those in the following list.  As an individual in the process of spiritual development, each of us can expect these things:

  • Circumstances that will critically examine us and push to the limit those things which have already been developed and learned by each of us
  • Test and trials that will occasionally stretch and cause us to reach for deeper depths and higher heights in our walk with the Spirit of God.
  • Test and trials that will train us to remember that before each of us are finished, we will be expected to “count it all joy”
  • Workouts which we can only pass by not giving in to the temptation to freak out!  Instead, we are to TRUST GOD!
  • Subjection to the conditions in our lives that reveal and show the real character within each of us – good or bad, and be willing to make necessary adjustments through prayer and sincere repentance if need be.
  • Expect to be PROVEN!  God wants to prove to each of us and to the forces of evil that assail us, the genuineness of our character developed through our fellowship with Him.  Each must “study to show yourself as a workman who does not need to be ashamed…rightly dividing the word of truth!”  2 Timothy 2:15
  • Expect experiences that will give us an opportunity to show forth the genuineness of our faith in God in the face of any and all opposition, “for we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices!”  2 Corinthians 2:11

~ TEST and TRIALS to be Continued…..

Looking unto Jesus,

Sandy

PURPOSEFUL:  Exercising determination to stay on track until the goal is achieved.  And that goal is spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus!

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

http://www.facebook.com/2Chron714Network

Also…become my Facebook friend a http://www.facebook.com/sandy.brunson

Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 9, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 8, Living in a Holding Pattern

There are times and seasons when we stay and abide for a limited time in a circumstance or situation that is “testing” in nature.  It seems as if we are in a “holding pattern”.  Free-Airplane-as-Background-White-Plane-in-Flight-Thick-Clouds-BeneathWe are to remain and patiently wait there for a definite purpose until our Master Trainer, Almighty God, moves us on to another exercise in our spiritual training.  Such times can be frustrating and even painful to us if we are restless, impatient, or strive with God in the midst of them. They may even be prolonged…for to move to the next level, we need to pass the tests of the current level.  Airplanes that hover over an airport waiting to land are said to be in a “holding pattern”.  They cannot “land” until they get clearance from the tower.  And often we cannot come out of situations that seem as though we, too, are in a “holding pattern”….waiting until we get clearance from Almighty God’s voice of authority.

These times reveal the level of God’s strength actually resident within us.  If we are weak in the area of spiritual strength, that will be revealed.  If we have little “staying power” to remain firm under pressure or distress, that will be evident, also.  Most importantly, in times such as these, we must realize our human weakness surfaces for the definite purpose of revealing to us our need for complete dependence upon God and our need to submit ourselves more surely unto Him and His strength.  This is part of our “wait training”.  Waiting in a fiery furnace can be hot and painful….and we do not want to have to remain there one moment longer than necessary.  These types of situations are such that we cannot rely upon our own strength for deliverance…but we must learn to look to Jesus and literally rely and rest on Him and His strength to endure until those uncomfortable times pass.

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts, we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead!  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.  On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us as you help us by your prayers.  Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many!”  2 Corinthians 1:8-11 NIV

As we obediently follow Jesus through circumstances and situations which seem to force us to wait, His strength is being worked in us, and the Godly virtue of patience, a fruit of the Spirit, is being perfected within us also.  “Let patience have its perfect work…that you may be perfect (mature) and complete, lacking nothing,”  James 1:4.  In many times of impatience when we were young children, we were told to “Calm down.  It is worth the WAIT!”  Believe it or not…that was Godly advice!

397525_2850766744660_2049710353_nOn a regular basis, we find that the things which are some of the greatest temptations to distract us from a life of constantly walking in the Spirit with Jesus include seasons of “waiting”.  These may be times of waiting for a breakthrough in a circumstance.  They may include waiting for those that are in our lives to change so that we can continue on together in God’s plan.  There may even be periods of waiting in a personal level of growth as we continue in our study to “show ourselves approved to God, as a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed,” (2 Timothy 2:15).  We may literally have to wait upon God Himself to move in the unseen realm of the Spirit concerning a matter that touches our lives very significantly.

Feeling like we are living in a “holding pattern” is an actual reality; but we must learn to trust God in times like these, for their place in our lives is full of purpose!  There are many things about life in the Sprint we just have to accept until we can grow to understand the need for them.  God longs to lead us in paths of understanding more than we realize; but first, we must prove ourselves faithful to Him in time of waiting for His clearance to land and come out of the “holding pattern”.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths!”  Proverbs 3:5-6

~ to be continued…..TESTS and TRIALS

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

TRUST:  Believing completely and totally in God even in the place of waiting and enduring long

“JESUS CHRIST is the same….yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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