SPIRITUAL ABUSE

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

I’ve recently read three excellent memoirs of people who left toxic religious cultures.

They were from different groups, but the groups had these things in common:

Authoritarian Leadership – The leader exercised control over them. They were expected to submit, even if they didn’t agree. Unquestioning obedience was necessary.

Shame and Guilt – They were shamed and were made to feel guilty for “not measuring up.”

Fear and Intimidation – They were told something bad would happen to them if they left the group.

Exclusivism – They were told that their group alone had the truth.

Isolationism – They were encouraged to “separate themselves” from anyone who was not a member of their group. All of their friends were in the group.

Opposition to Independent Thinking – They were not allowed to think independently. They had to adopt the group’s beliefs and had to submit to the rules to belong and to be accepted.

Fear of Being “Shunned” – They were “kicked out” and “shunned” if they questioned anything.

If you choose to leave a group that has any of these characteristics, you may feel like everything you believed is coming into question. Your whole world may feel like it is being turned upside down.

The good news is that you aren’t alone! You can recover your life and live a life of joy and peace.

Feel Your Emotions

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

Many people repress their emotions.

When asked how they are doing, the answer is always “fine.”

Some people turn to addictive behavior to help them cope with emotional pain instead of allowing themselves to feel negative emotions and release them in a healthy way.

Trapped emotions can manifest in our bodies. Your heart might ache, you may feel nauseated, or feel tension in your neck or shoulders, or you may become extremely tired, etc.

Where There is Fruit, There is a Root!

Think about when you started feeling this way. Now go further back, and see when you felt like this before.

Making space for these feelings, instead of repressing them, is the key to healing.

If you need help releasing toxic emotions, you can schedule an in-person or phone appointment by emailing info@newrenaissance.us.

A GOOD APOLOGY

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

You can repair relationships through a good apology.

A bad apology is “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

What makes a good apology?

You need to be specific about what you are sorry for. You need to state a clear “I’m sorry for….” statement.

You should state how you understand what you did hurt the other person. Validate their feelings. Be empathetic and compassionate.

Express regret and remorse for what you did that hurt the other person. (“I regret what I did. If I could do it differently, I would.”)

Ask for forgiveness.

Sometimes there needs to be restitution to repair the broken relationship. You can ask, “What can I do to make this up to you?”

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words, Revival

We need to learn God’s ways.

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5)

This end-time move of God is not going to come through prideful “celebrity Christianity.” It is going to come through those who are humble and contrite in heart.

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)

For 20 years, Mike Bickle has facilitated 24/7 prayer and worship in Kansas City. This is a quote from him: “On May 7, 1999, I gathered together a few singers, musicians and worship leaders to launch a prayer meeting in an old trailer. We affectionately referred to it as the ‘Bethlehem Stable’ because we knew that God uses humble beginnings to birth things dear to His heart.”

On 11/11/09 revival broke out in Kansas City. It was the “real deal” with many healings and salvations. It was led by young people and there was no celebrities. Most of the Church was oblivious to this move of God, even though the meetings were broadcast nightly on God TV. I believe they were oblivious because they had been so disillusioned with what had just happened in Lakeland with a “celebrity-led revival” that was full of mixture and ended in public scandal.

After a year, Mike Bickle received a prophetic word to end the nightly revival meetings in Kansas City and to focus on praying for the next wave of revival that would be so much greater.

Ten years later, every indication is that we are on the verge of another major wave of revival. I believe it is going to come in places we least expect.

“After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it…” (Acts 15:16)

This is an excerpt of a prophetic word from the late Jill Austin. Prior to The Fullness of Time conference in 2012, there was a dream and a vision where two different intercessors saw Jill trying to get a message to the Church.

I think this was the message she was trying to convey and it is a NOW word for the Church:

“He says, ‘There has come a religious professionalism to the conference scene.’ I just feel like you are going to be breaking, breaking an old kind of conference thing – this professionalism of the speakers. It’s going to be more like Tent City. A lot of unknown faces, unknown people. Young, old, women, men, different colors are going to be preaching – signs and wonders. There is going to be an anointing. I just kept feeling like the Lord says, ‘Get ready!’

And there is going to be a sound. There is going to be an angel now. There is going to be an angel that is going to stand over the tent and there is going to be a trumpet and there is going to be a sound of trumpets…..I see that angels are going to be releasing a sound and people are going to say, ‘I don’t just want to go to that conference, I want to go where there are tent meetings that are emerging all over the nations.’

There is going to be a catalytic spark. He is going to start to birth it. But it’s going to start to become a new kind of thing where people are going to want to come and sit in the dirt.

I just feel like we are going to start moving in a thing where it’s much more home-grown, much more real, much more ‘The feel of the nations.’ I kept feeling like the Lord said, ‘New breed.’ Different ages. And then I saw The Voice of Healing (magazine) and I saw all men on it. The Lord says, ‘No, that will offend My heart. I want to kill the Old Boys Club. I want family. I want fathers and mothers, all ages, all colors. I want those that carry the weight of heaven.’

The Lord says, ‘There is a new anointing, and it’s tabernacling. It’s an anointing of the Tent of the Meeting. It’s an anointing of Houses of Prayer on the move.'”

REVOLUTION

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words, Revival

Multitudes are leaving what I call the “political church.” They are looking for true spirituality. Something real.

Years ago, I had a dream. In the dream, Paul Cain came to me and said “the revolution is in the kitchen.” What a bizarre dream, I thought. Whatever could it mean?

Later that day, a title of a book was highlighted to me as I was sharing the dream with someone on the phone. It was called “Revolution” by Gene Edwards.

The book is about the original Pentecost when 3,000 new converts were added to the Church in a day. Afterwards, the early Church began to meet daily in homes and they “ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Multitudes were added to the Church through signs and wonders.

Years later, we hosted Paul Cain at a few conferences. (I didn’t know him personally when I had the dream.) We brought him on April 18, 2010. It was the 20 year anniversary of his mother dying on 4/18, at 4:18 pm, with her last words being Luke 4:18. Prior to him coming, I found out that Paul Revere made his midnight ride on 4/18 and the Revolutionary War began the next day. We were called Revolution Church at the time!

Revolution means “sudden momentous change” and “the overthrow of one government for another.”

I desire to be a part of a love revolution. I desire to see the Church change. I desire to see “a new government of love” established. ❤️

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

We need to go “Back to the Future!”

“Future medicine will be the medicine of frequencies.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.” ~ Dr. Oz

Abraham, the father of our faith, wore a stone around his neck that he used to heal people (according to the Talmud). It was frequency!

Hildegard von Bingham, a Catholic nun in the 1100’s, used music, plants, dirt, and stones to heal people. It was frequency!

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist denomination, used a battery to heal people. It was frequency!

This is what the Lord says:

Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

(Jeremiah 6:16)

If you want to find rest for your soul, ask for the “ancient paths.”

Many Christians are afraid to “walk in it” (the ancient paths) because they are afraid it’s “new age.” It is actually ancient!

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A NEW SOUND

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

I read a prophecy in 1991 that so energized me that I got out of bed, quickly threw on some clothes, and drove to my sister-in-law’s house to share it with her.

The prophecy was by James Ryle and it was called “Sons of Thunder.” As I drove that night, it began to thunder in the natural and we witnessed an incredible lightning storm that I believe was a sign confirming the word.

The God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters….The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning…(Psalms 29:3,7,)

In a series of three dreams about 30 years ago, James Ryle was shown a “new sound” coming forth. He heard, “I’m about to release a new kind of song in the streets. It will bring a revelation of the truth and it will usher men into my presence.”

In one of the dreams, he saw a power amplifier that had become dusty in a church equipment room. He realized it was the power amp that the Beatles had used. James wrote, “The anointing the Lord is about to release on music is going to sweep the world in a manner like the Beatles did when they first came out. It’s going to be a music that is new in kind, new in sound, arresting in its content; it will stop traffic, and it will turn men’s heads and capture their hearts.”

He saw music being taken to the streets like the Salvation Army of old and it bringing a worldwide move of the Spirit of God.

I believe this is a NOW word because of some prophetic experiences I had while in the United Kingdom recently.

I was at a small prayer meeting in Bangor, Ireland, very close to where St. Patrick had heard the voices of angels in a celestial choir. He named it the “Valley of Angels” and later, a famous monastery was established nearby that offered continual praise to God for almost 200 years.

At that prayer meeting in Bangor, I heard the “new sound” that I’ve been waiting for coming from a humble worship leader who has the heart of David.

According to Jewish tradition, King David was born and died on Pentecost. I believe we are living in a time where we are going to experience what was experienced on Pentecost in Acts 2. They were gathered together in unity when a sound was both seen and heard, and it caused them to feel drunk and speak in a heavenly language.

It’s time for “the Sons of Thunder” to be revealed and the “new sound” to be released in the nations.

THE SOUND OF REVIVAL

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

Why Whitney?,” she asked.

“I’ll ponder that and get back to you,” I answered.

The question had come in response to an article I had written where I mentioned a conference we hosted in February 2012 called “The Fullness of Time.” Kim Clement prophesied that a shift would take place in February 2012 and that there would be a public death – and everyone would know about it – and it would mark the beginning of a seven year period. Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, during that conference and Paul Cain died seven years later on February 12, 2019. I believe that Paul’s passing (on the exact date the Latter Rain Revival began in 1948) marked the beginning of a new season.

As I write this, the headline in today’s news is about Houston getting over 600% more rain than usual in early May. I believe it is another sign as the theme for that conference was about restoring what they had in the Latter Rain Revival.

Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. (Zechariah 10:1)

As fate would have it, I was on a long flight soon after the question “Why Whitney?” was posed to me. I saw that one of the movies being offered on the flight was a documentary about her life. I learned that Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. The documentary allowed me to see the pain and unhealed trauma that ended Whitney’s life at age 48. Whitney drowned in a hotel bathtub after using cocaine. Three years later, her daughter (Bobbi Kristina) was also found drowned in a bathtub and drugs were suspected in her death.

After the 2012 conference, I began to focus my attention on helping people release toxic emotions that were rooted in childhood trauma. I observed that we often re-create our childhood trauma and I definitely saw that pattern with Whitney and her daughter. “Perhaps this was the reason her death was highlighted?,” I wondered.

We hosted a conference on April 18, 2010, with Paul Cain that was called “The Luke 4:18 Mandate.” Luke 4:18 is about healing the brokenhearted and setting the captives free. Even though Paul Cain and Whitney Houston were both Christians with extraordinary gifts and fame, they were brokenhearted and needed to be set free. Their lives were marked by addiction, loneliness, pain, and public scandal.

After sharing my thoughts with the person who originally asked me the question “Why Whitney?,” she shared the reason why she believed Whitney’s death was highlighted in the prophetic word. She believes that the African-American voice will be the voice releasing revival in the land. I have been pondering that ever since and I feel an affirmation for numerous reasons.

When the heavens opened in Coeur d’Alene in 2006, it was after a Native- American man danced in his regalia at our “It’s Time” conference to a song about unity. Bob Jones prophesied that the heavens opened when he danced and that there would be a sign in the heavens to confirm it. On Pentecost weekend that year, a fire rainbow appeared over our city that made international news. We experienced supernatural signs and wonders afterwards.

At “The Fullness of Time” conference in February 2012, we had several Native-American dancers from different tribes dance in their regalia. (It was during this conference that Whitney Houston died.)

Like Native-Americans and African-Americans, the Children of Israel were oppressed and enslaved. God sent Moses as a deliverer with a message from God: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” (Exodus 9:1).

Although Moses led the people out of Egypt, they wandered for 40 years and it was Joshua who led them into the Promised Land. In the Bible, the first battle under Joshua’s leadership was won when God instructed them to carry the Ark of the Covenant around the city of Jericho and they released a sound and the walls came tumbling down.

The Ark of the Covenant represents the presence and glory of God. The first thing King David did when he came to power was to recover the ark.

And let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired of it since the days of Saul. (1 Chronicles 13:3)

Years ago, the prophet Bob Jones saw a vision of the apostolic ministry coming forth. He saw young people carrying the Ark of the Covenant to Arrowhead Stadium. Bob prophesied about a great end-time revival led by young people marked by purity and power. Paul Cain had reoccurring visions of stadiums being filled and prophesied about a great end-time revival taking place that was marked by purity and power. Like Moses, they both passed without seeing the fulfillment of the promise in their lifetimes.

I believe that just as God gave strategy to Joshua on possessing the land, similar strategy is being given to leaders today. First, we need to inquire of the Lord and bring back the ark (the Presence and Glory of God). Strategy will be released on healing generational trauma and pain. (This will include strategy for healing the land and the wounds of African-Americans and Native-Americans.) Young people will be empowered and stadiums will be filled.

And, I believe a sound will be released. It will be the sound of revival!

WE NEED A REVOLUTION

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

Revolution means “sudden momentous change.” It can also mean “the overthrow of one government for another.

Mike Bickle (Director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City) was in Cairo, Egypt, in 1982, when he heard an internal audible voice say: “I (God) will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.”

Mike said that he knew instinctively that this change had to do with the way unbelievers perceived the Church. Today, more than ever, unbelievers perceive the Church as hateful, intolerant, hypocritical, and irrelevant. I believe that in order for that to change, there has to be a new government of love established in both the Church and in the Nation.

In the Bible, King David was a type of the new government of love.

“A new government of love will be established in the venerable David tradition.” (Isaiah 16:5 Message)

There is a big contrast between the government of King Saul and the government of King David.

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)

David made mistakes but he modeled true humility. Saul, on the other hand, was arrogant and prideful. For example, when the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, he quickly repented and asked for forgiveness. When Saul was confronted with his sin, he lied and covered it up. King David was kind and King Saul was cruel and often threw spears at David. David was “a man after God’s heart” and was obedient while Saul, on the other hand, cared more about what the people thought and was disobedient.

Henry Nouwen wrote: “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.”

Many in the Church follow leaders and elect those to political office who are like King Saul. I agree with this quote by Dr. Gabor Mate: “The flaws of our leaders perfectly mirror the emotional underdevelopment of the society that elevates them to power.”

In the following passage, Shebna, who was the second in command, was fired for misusing his authority and for building a monument to himself. Eliakim, who was a servant and a father, was promoted and given the key of David.

“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Isaiah 22:22)

Eliakim’s name means “God will rise up.” God said He would change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation.

We have entered a new season where I believe that those who have been serving out of selfish ambition, and who have been building monuments to themselves, will be removed from their positions and will not have governmental authority. The new government that God is raising up will be humble and will model mature love.

In a world of hate, love is the revolution!

COUNTING THE OMER

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” ~ King Solomon (Proverbs 25:2)

I believe there are mysteries that can only be understood by understanding the Biblical festivals and festival language.

“Counting the Omer” is done the forty-nine days between the Biblical Festivals of Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost). (Counting of the Omer 2019 began the evening of April 20 and will end the evening of June 8.)

You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days… (Leviticus 23:15-16)

On the Festival of Firstfruits (Aviv 17) the priests would wave a sheaf of grain (known as an omer) before the Lord. This was waved in different directions to demonstrate God’s all-encompassing presence. (Jesus was resurrected on the Festival of Firstfruits.)

After the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 C.E., the Omer wave offering was no longer observed. However, the practice of counting the Omer continued and is still observed by many Jews today. There is a prescribed ritual for counting the Omer. Each evening of the 49 day period, a special blessing is recited, a psalm is read, and there is a special prayer.

The Counting of the Omer links the Deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt and the Giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. (These dates parallel Jesus’ death and resurrection and Pentecost approximately 1400 years later.)

After leaving Egypt on Passover, the Children of Israel went through the Red Sea on Aviv 17 and then traveled 47 days to Mt. Sinai, where God told them to consecrate themselves because He would speak to them in three days.The entire people (estimated at two to three million) heard God speak on that mountain. He didn’t just appear to Moses in private. It was a national revelation. It is written that the whole world heard in their own language!

Pentecost (Acts 2) occurred on the same date approximately 1,400 years later. In Greek, Pentecost means “50,” which can represent liberty, freedom, or deliverance. Every 50th year in Israel was called the “Year of Jubilee.” Slaves were set free and debts were cancelled. Liberty was proclaimed throughout the land by the sound of the Jubilee trumpets. (Leviticus 25:8-17)

After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples for 40 days, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. After 40 days, He ascended back to the Father. Ten days later, the disciples were together in the upper room when the “Day of Pentecost” was fully come. We see many parallels to what happened on Mt. Sinai and what happened on Pentecost. At both occasions, on Sinai and in Jerusalem, there were similar supernatural manifestations: a mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, and everyone heard the message in their own language.

A New Covenant

After the Giving of the Law, the Bible states that 3,000 of the Children of Israel were slain for their sin of worshipping the golden calf. (Exodus 32:28) After Pentecost, Peter preached the gospel and 3,000 were saved. (Acts 2:38-41)

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for THE LETTER KILLS, but the SPIRIT GIVES LIFE. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

The Lord declares that He will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel and He will put the law in their minds and write it on their hearts. (Jeremiah 31:31-33) The ministry that Jesus received is superior to the old as it is founded on better promises. We are told in Hebrews 8:6-13, that the first covenant has now been made obsolete. The dictionary definition of obsolete is “no longer in use.”

In Galatians 4, the Apostle Paul likens the two covenants to Abraham’s two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was born by the slave woman, Hagar, and is likened to Mount Sinai and the Old Covenant. Isaac was born by the free woman, Sarah, and is likened to the New Jerusalem and the New Covenant. Isaac, the child of promise and representative of the New Covenant, was born at the “set time” on the same date that both covenants were given! (Genesis 17:21; The Book of Jubilees 16:1318)

Another mystery!

Modern Day Celebration

The Omer is counted every evening from the second night of Passover until the night before Shavuot. Approximately thirty minutes after sundown, the one who is counting the Omer recites this blessing: Baruch atah A-donai E-loheinu Melekh Ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al S’firat Ha-omer. (Translation: “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the Omer.”) Then he or she states the Omer-count in terms of both total days and weeks and days.

It is possible to make or purchase an “Omer-counter.” They range from decorative boxes with an interior scroll that shows each day’s count through a small opening; to posters in which each day’s count is recorded on a tear-off piece of paper; to calendars depicting all seven weeks and 49 days of the Omer. You can even get an “app” for your cell phone or computer!

Today the Festival of Shavuot is observed on the 6th of Sivan on the Hebraic calendar (May or June on our calendar.) The Jewish synagogue is decorated with greens and flowers because, according to tradition, the surrounding desert bloomed when God spoke at Mt. Sinai. Jews go to the synagogue to hear the reading of The Ten Commandments.

The Book of Ruth is also read publicly. According to Jewish history, King David was born and died on Shavuot and Ruth was his great-grandmother, who was a Gentile. The Book of Ruth is about the harvest.

On Shavuot, It is customary to stay up all night learning Torah (to atone for those who fell asleep at Sinai). Dairy foods are eaten, including ice cream, cheese blintzes, and cheesecake. There are different reasons for eating dairy foods. The numerical value for the Hebrew word for milk is 40 and it commemorates the 40 days that Moses spent on Sinai receiving the entire Torah. Also, the Promised Land was referred to as the land flowing with “milk and honey.”

A Very Important Lesson for Us Today

Lag B’Omer, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer. It is a minor holiday. The Talmud records that it was the day a cruel plague ended.In the first century, the highly revered Rabbi Akiva had 24,000 disciples that died during this period of time. The Talmud teaches they were guilty of a lack of unity and not treating one another with respect.

This gives a whole new meaning to developing a culture of honor!

In Israel, on this date, campfires are built and people roast potatoes and sing songs.

Why Should We Count These Days?

Just as a child often counts the days until a special occasion, we should be counting the days to show our excitement for the upcoming festival of Shavuot (Pentecost).

Historically, it was a time of rebirth corporately.

The 49 days of the Counting of the Omer are a time of cleansing and purification and a time to go to a higher level spiritually.

We must also heed and remember the lesson of what happened to Rabbi Akiva’s disciples. We must look deep within and repent of not treating one another with honor and respect. Many will be disqualified, I believe, from operating in substantial spiritual power if they do not heed this lesson. .