Safe People

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

Years ago, a wise teacher told me “not everybody is safe.”

I tend to trust people too easily and too soon.

In the past, I’ve handed over my power to people who are not safe or trustworthy. Unfortunately, I have repeated this lesson over and over again.

Being able to trust realistically and to discern who is a “safe person” continues to be a learning process for me.

I am learning that trustworthiness is proven over time. Simple things like being on time, being dependable, and fulfilling obligations are indicators of whether you can trust someone. Breaking promises, even small ones, can be an indicator that the person cannot be trusted.

I am learning to trust my instincts and not to ignore “red flags.”

I am learning to listen to counsel and warnings. My husband has warned me not to trust certain people, but I have ignored those warnings and have jumped into relationships only to have to admit that he was right AGAIN.

I don’t want to put up a wall around my heart and be distrusting of people. I do, however, want to feel safe with those I allow in close to my heart. ❤️

Food as Medicine

Kari BrowningBlog, Nutrition

We all know that we are what we eat.

We feel alive, awake, and energized when we eat whole foods that are fresh, colorful, and nutrient-dense.

When we eat and juice greens, we are literally eating and drinking light – the energy of the sun.

Fruit has antioxidants that will boost our immune system and reduce inflammation.

Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and fiber, and they also contain healthy fats like omega 3s that our body (and especially our brain) need to function properly.

Let food be your medicine and raise your energetic vibration by choosing to eat well. ❤️

Bible and Science

Kari BrowningBlog, General

Important health principles have been in the Bible for hundreds of years before they were discovered by medical science.

There was a plague in Europe in 1346 to 1353 that killed 75 to 200 million people. Historians estimate the epidemic wiped out 45-60% of the population.

Only one city in Croatia imposed a quarantine. They required a 40-day isolation period for anyone entering the city. (This is the origin of the word quarantine – it comes from the Italian words quaranta giorni, which means 40 days.)

Centuries earlier, the children of Israel practiced quarantines to preserve the health of their nation. Those with contagious diseases had to live outside the camp until they recovered.

The Children of Israel were instructed to wash their hands under flowing water. Up until the 1800s, doctors washed their hands in a basin of still water, leaving invisible germs that resulted in the death of multitudes. Running water, as the Bible prescribes, is needed to wash away germs.

Another example involves waste disposal. The Bible instructed the Israelites to bury their human waste outside the camp. Prior to World War I, more soldiers died from disease due to the presence of human waste than died from war-inflicted injuries.

God also gave dietary laws. For instance, Jews were forbidden to eat pork. We now know that viruses, bacteria, and parasites are easily transferred from the pig to us. There were also laws regarding the humane slaughter of animals. The Bible states, “Ye shall not eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field” (Exodus 22:30). We now know that when an animal is stressed (by being chased or slaughtered in an inhumane way), stress hormones are released and we ingest those stress hormones. 😲

Scientists say it is highly likely that the coronavirus came from eating bats. The Bible forbids the eating of bats. Leviticus 11:13-19: “These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.”

Super Moons

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

We’re currently enjoying a season of three super moons: March 9, April 7-8 and May 7, 2020.

March 9 was Purim. (Purim is a story of deliverance.)

April 8 is Passover. (Passover is a story of deliverance.)

May 7 is also an important date on God’s calendar.

May 7, 1983 was the date that Mike Bickle, founder of the 24/7 prayer movement in Kansas City, called a 21-day fast for revival.

Mike had been given “Daniel 9” on April 13, 1983, and was told to call the city to a fast for revival. On April 14, Bob Jones was visited by the angel Gabriel and was told to give Mike “Daniel 9” and that he would understand. He also said the promise of revival would be confirmed by a comet unpredicted by scientists on the date Mike called the fast.

The comet (unpredicted by scientists) arrived on May 7, the date they started the 21-day fast! They all thought revival would break out immediately because of this amazing sign. However, on the last day of the fast, Bob Jones said revival wasn’t going to come immediately. He prophesied that there is an “appointed time” and an “appointed season” for America, and when the Lord says it’s time, it will not be one day late.

During the fast, a promise was given that “no disease known to man would stand before this people.” (May 7 is also the date William Branham, the catalyst for the Latter Rain Revival, was commissioned into the healing ministry by an angel in 1946. William Branham had one of the greatest healing ministries of all time.)

A year prior to calling the fast, Mike Bickle heard an internal audible voice say, “I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation.” He instinctively knew it had to do with how unbelievers perceived the Church.

I believe we are in a time of great CHANGE – and the change is LOVE.

King David is an example of “the new government of love.” (See Isaiah 16:5, Msg) I believe that those who are not operating in love and humility will be removed and will be disqualified in this next season.

King Saul was mad, insecure, jealous, threw spears, and built a monument to himself. King David, on the other hand, was humble and quick to repent when confronted. (In 2 Samuel 24, God sent a plague that killed 70,000 because of David’s pride in numbering the fighting men. He quickly repented of his pride and the plague was stopped.)

“The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.” (2 Samuel 3:1)

The first thing David did when he became king was bring the ark of God back, for they did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul. (See 1 Chronicles 13:3) The ark represents the presence of God. (Years ago, Bob Jones saw a group of young people carrying the ark of God down Blue Ridge Street in Kansas City to Arrowhead Stadium. They represented the apostolic ministry.)

Purim and Passover are “appointed times.” I believe that God is raising up deliverers like Esther (Purim) and Moses (Passover). I believe that there is an “appointed time” for revival and healing to come to America.

I believe the super moons on these significant dates are heralding a message, for those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand.

Grief

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

Many are experiencing grief right now due to the loss that the pandemic is bringing. The loss of normalcy; the loss of connection; the loss of finances; and, for some, the loss of loved ones.

Many of you are acquainted with the five stages of grief that were outlined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. David Kessler, an expert on grief, talks about a sixth stage: finding meaning.

We don’t always go through these stages in a prescribed order. We may feel one, then another, and then go back again to the first one.

Many are in the shock and denial stage right now. They don’t want to believe that this pandemic is happening. They only want to hear good news and positive reports. As you accept the reality of what is happening, you can begin the healing process.

Anger is a necessary stage of the healing process. The more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you will heal. Anger is a secondary emotion and there can be many emotions under the anger. For example, most of us don’t like being told what to do and being told we have to stay home may bring up feelings of being controlled.

Bargaining is when we will do anything to stop what is happening. For example, believing that if I just social distance for two weeks, then everything will be all right. We may make promises to God, in order to persuade Him to stop the suffering. Guilt can also be associated with this stage. We think thoughts like “if only” and “what if.”

Depression or sadness is an appropriate response to a deep loss. To not experience sadness would be unusual.

When we come to a place of acceptance, it is not that we no longer feel the pain of loss. Sadness can still be present in this stage, but our survival techniques of denial, bargaining, and anger are less likely to be present.

Finding meaning in our loss is important. Viktor Frankel, who survived the holocaust, wrote a book entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning.” He said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” During this time of uncertainty and loss, we have the choice to change ourselves. We can recognize what is truly important. We can be grateful. We can learn to love.

No Coincidences

Kari BrowningBlog, General, Uncategorized

It is not a coincidence, I believe, that the coronavirus quarantine falls at the same time that the plagues occurred in Egypt.

The plagues persuaded Pharaoh to let the children of Israel leave Egypt. Passover is known as the “Season of our Freedom.”

As they left Egypt on Passover, Moses took with him the bones of Joseph. Joseph had made the children of Israel swear, 400 years prior, to take his bones when they left. (See Gen. 50:25)

Why did Joseph ask them to take his bones with them?

I think he was looking ahead to the resurrection. I believe he longed to be a part of that which was yet to come and he made provision to have his bones taken to the Promised Land because he saw what would take place in the future.

Jesus was crucified on Passover on the same date (approximately 1500 years later) that the lambs were slain in Egypt and the blood was put on the doorposts to spare them from the plague of the death of the firstborn.

Following Jesus’ resurrection, the graves of many of the saints were opened and they went into the city and appeared to many people. (See Matthew 27:51-53)

I wonder if Joseph was among these that were resurrected?

Strengthening our Immune System

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

Stress and unhealthy eating habits can influence how we think and how we feel.

There is evidence that our thoughts and feelings affect our immune system. Our immune system protects our body against viruses.

If we are experiencing fear, anger, or other emotions that activate our stress response, then hormones are released that have an effect on our immune system, and that makes us more susceptible to illness.

Every thought we have produces a chemical which signals the body to feel exactly the way we are thinking.

How we perceive an event plays a very significant role in whether the stress response is triggered or not. Our perceptions are often shaped by past experiences and the beliefs we formed at the time.

We can strengthen our immune system by transforming negative beliefs into positive ones!

As a man thinks, so is he.

24,000 Died!

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

I just read an article advising on how to clean our homes during the pandemic. I also just read an article on a Jewish site about cleaning our homes for the upcoming festival of Passover. (It is believed that the custom of “spring cleaning” comes from the Jewish tradition of deep cleaning prior to Passover. All leaven must be removed from the house.)

The days between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) are known as the days of Counting the Omer. These 49 days are counted and on the 50th day is Shavuot, which was the Day of the Giving of the Law. (Same date as Pentecost in Acts 2).

The Counting of the Omer is a period of partial mourning, during which weddings, parties, and dinners with dancing are not conducted. Haircuts are also forbidden during this period. This is in memory of a plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva, who was a leading Jewish scholar and sage during the latter part of the first century.

During the Omer period, the deaths of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva are mourned. They died in a plague because, as the Talmud informs us, “they did not conduct themselves with respect for each other.”

Rabbi Akiva’s most famous teaching was “Love your fellow as yourself.” Since his 24,000 disciples did not respect and love one another, they died!

The plague was stopped on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (the 18th day of the month of Iyar) and it is a day of rejoicing. ❤️

Pandemic

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

John Paul Jackson prophesied that we were going to face pandemics in the end-times. He warned that two pandemics were coming. One was going to cause fear and then another one would come that would cause an enormous amount of deaths.

I have posted before about three “Kansas City Prophets” who were all buried on 2/22. The dates of their deaths and the date of their burials is a message to us, I believe.

(Bob Jones died on Valentine’s Day in 2014. His life message was “Did you learn to love?” John Paul Jackson died on Ash Wednesday in 2015. Ash Wednesday is a day of prayer and fasting. Paul Cain died on February 12, 2019. Paul had been a part of the Latter Rain Revival which began on February 12, 1948.)

John Paul, who prophesied this pandemic, died on Ash Wednesday. It gets its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

In 2 Samuel 24, we read that the Lord sent a plague on Israel and seventy thousand died.

This plague was a result of David’s pride in numbering the fighting men. When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the Lord, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.”

The prophet Gad told David to build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah. David went to him and Araunah wanted to give it to David free of charge. David insisted on paying for it because he would not sacrifice to the Lord something that had cost him nothing.

When David did this, the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land and the plague on Israel was stopped.

Many have associated the number 2/22 (the date of John Paul’s burial) with Isaiah 22:22. That passage is about the key of David and having authority. David was an example of “the new government of love.” (King Saul, on the other hand, was insecure, threw spears, and was building a monument to himself.)

If we want to see this plague stopped, I believe we have to repent of pride and arrogance. We have to stop “the pointing of the finger” and casting slurs on our fellow man. We have to repent of sowing division. We have to learn to love. Love is kind, it is not rude, it does not boast, and it does not keep a record of wrongs. Love never fails.