Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Braced for impact!

Braced for impact simply means to be doing it on purpose, not out of reflex. You brace for impact when something you are not expecting is coming at you. To be braced you are ready for what is coming regardless that you don’t see it yet. I believe that a spirit of being braced is in great need to people in this day and age. We all brace for what is pounding down on us, like all of the trials and tribulations that is just part of life. It is a defensive posture. If you are in a defensive mode it is harder to take new ground because you are using the majority of your strength to just maintain the ground you have. When you have a braced stance in life you are already positioned and are expecting unseen obstacles but being braced is not your focus, your focus is the direction you are purposely going in. When you have a vision of who you are and of who you want to be your focus is not on what has happened but what will happen. If we use our past as cautionary knowledge and not road blocks we will gain even more ground. I have learned threw some amazing events that have happened to me and my family that life is going to get tough and at times very messy. The majority of the times we have not taken a stance of being braced, but simply bracing waiting for the impact to mow us over. This is a state of mind that I once had, that I had no control over the outcome because the obstacle is bigger than my stance.

One must make the decision to be undeterred and relentless in the efforts to earnestly seek the kingdom of God (which is in you). When you build that relationship that I speak of in earlier posts. You will be braced for impact. You see because it is not on your own efforts but on the foundation of Gods love. Being braced for impact is a state of mind knowing that you are under the wings of the highest God in the entire universe. So nothing that hits you even a direct hit can not and will not detour your focus because your focus is in him not the impact.

The great thing about being braced for impact is it is two fold. It is not just the impact it will have on you but the impact it will have on others by them watching you get rocked, but it’s not effecting you because of your stance (Braced).

Colossians 2:9-10
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body. And you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.

James 1:2-3
“(Trials and Temptations) consider it pure joy, my brothers, when ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Ephesians 6:12-13
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Being braced)

Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Being braced)

Matthew 14:27
“But Jesus spoke to them at once. Don’t be afraid, he said. Take courage. I am here!” (Being braced)

2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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