Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BAM! Victory!

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by : Teresa Criswell


"Today is a good day for a good day" because God made it! He made it with you in mind and He is faithful, whether we see it right now or not. You are His masterpiece in Christ Jesus. And remember the enemy flees - he runs in terror when we submit and lean and trust in God as our submission declares resistance to the ways of the enemy and in that hiding in God - he flees in terror for a season. The enemy will be back - but we again will be ready and prepared as we utilize the equipping power of God by declaring, "It is written..." And the Blood of Jesus! We declare light in the midst of darkness. We utilize God's love in the face of hate. We utilize life in the midst of curses and all the while we get to declare Jesus name above all!!!

References:
Quote from Fixer Upper
Psalm 118:24
Ephesians 2:10
James 4:8
Revelation 12:11
"Be  Stunning To The Enemy" by Lisa Bevere

Monday, October 27, 2014

Heaven's Language - The Language called Faith

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written and shared by: Teresa Stevens Criswell
 
"Then He took a deep breath and breathed into them.  "Receive the Holy Spirit," he said.  "If you forgive someone's sins, they're gone for good.  If you don't forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?"
- John 20:22-23 - The Message (MSG)
 
 
"...Heaven has a perspective that gets lost on earth. And so we need to begin to speak the language of heaven to the issues of earth, so that we begin to see the earth come into conformity to God's plan for it." - Lisa Bevere

This means we GET TO speak the language of heaven over people - over situations - over ourselves..."we GET TO speak the language of heaven by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Please watch every minute of this video...especially toward the end - it ties together with heavenly eloquence and insight!  The last part of Lisa's story reminds me of my precious mom who did the same for her father...God is faithful - even when we don't see it...He is Faithful!  
 
 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQf3s3idlVo

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Change in geography?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

http://photopin.com/search/geography


I was a great "runner" in life. When I say "runner" - not in the physical realm - but a runner from problems, from people, from difficult times. I have learned since then that changing the scenery of my geographical location may have seemed as I was "getting away" - but really as ego/self/flesh didn't die and mindset wasn't transformed - the same issues kept reappearing. It was no matter where I went, until I stopped trying to protect my "ego" it didn't matter where I ran to - "I" showed up like a creeping stalker.

The Triumphant Victorious Reminder today?  Self must die and pride must go by running after and with Jesus through intimacy with God by the Spirit's leading to read the Love Letter of God, as this provokes the pursuit to go deeper into the depths of the heart of God - as I get lost in Him, I will finally find Who I was called to be - His Masterpiece.

Sripture References:
Romans 12
John 3:3-7
Matthew 16:24
Luke 9:23

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Scrolled Love Note #5

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell



"You are Mine and I Am yours.
I Am your Love Song.
I Am your wind and breath and I long for you to see yourself and others the way I see.
I see with Triumphant, Overcoming Victory.
Let the rhythm of My heartbeat become yours, let your heart echo Mine as My joy, compassion and peace overflows by the power of My Holy Spirit.
I NEVER asked you to reveal yourself.
I NEVER asked you to do it on your own.
I NEVER asked you to give others from your own resources but from what I produce through you -
ALL I want you to do is to ECHO Me by giving to others what you have freely received for yourself from Me as I Am The Source of ALL -
I AM THE SOURCE OF LOVE, MERCY, COMPASSION, JOY, RIGHTEOUSNESS, FORGIVENESS.
The Love I have for you is beyond your understanding this side of heaven,
Papa God

Scripture References:
Song of Solomon or Song of Songs
Psalm 104
Matthew 11:28-30
Galatians 5:22
Zechariah 4:6
I Corinthians 8:6
Matthew 10

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scrolled Love Note #4

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell


 
If you've read the previous posts titled "Scrolled Love Note...", you'll understand the title of this post.  The following is what I was led to write coming from a small glimpse of the Mighty heart of our Father God.  I know this is to someone who needs a 'right now' word on worthiness.

"I Am worthy -
I Am a mirror for you to look into so you may finally see your TRUE reflection.
For I The Lord call you worthy.

Yes! You are worthy for I call you worthy - I, The Lord call you worthy - hear Me!
I, The God of ALL, The GOD WHO IS WORTHY, declares you are Worthy.
For you to say you are unworthy says I am a liar, haha! I AM only TRUTH, there is no lie in Me.
I have the Last Word over your life, will you choose to believe My Words?

Let Me take every fracture of rejection and abandonment from the womb.
Let Me take every fracture from childhood.
Let Me take every fracture from adolescence.
Let Me take every fracture from young adulthood.
Let Me take every fracture from your life and
Let Me make you WHOLE - nothing broken, nothing missing. 
Let Me make every crooked path, every distorted way of living, straight.

Who told you your life was about "trying" to be a better person?
Who told you this?
Who?

I have called you to be in Me and I in you - and in Me as you submit to Me, you are a better person in every realm of your life.  I call you son and daughter - and in this you become a revealer of Me in your marriage, family, marketplace and community.  Please don't allow your current titles, positions or lack thereof to tell you who you are.  Even my gifts that you flow in is not who you are.  Focus on Who I Am and you will find out who you truly are as you find out Who I Truly Am. Love Me with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and as you make the TRUE LOVE exchange with Me, then you can properly love yourself and others; for remember my child, apart from Me you can do nothing that I have called you to do and be.

You are more valuable than every treasure known and unknown to the universe. 
What I speak - it is not only to admire what I say, but now you must echo to others, delivering the message with My peace and My love by the power of My Holy Spirit that breathes life and reveals My goodness leading them to the safety of Who I Am through repentance.
Let My words reverberate through your words and actions.

Your words, your vision and your hearing be replaced with Mine.

You ask, "How?"
This is how - "To do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before Me, your God."

I love you with My endless love - and yes it is eternally endless - there is no end to Who I Am for I Am Love.

Papa God"

Scripture References:
Revelation 4:11
Psalm 96:4
Isaiah 43:4
Romans 2:4
Matthew 22:37
Micah 6:8
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Scrolled Love Note #3

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell


If you've read the past two posts, you'll understand what the scrolled love note 'campaign' is about.  If you need to get caught up, you can simply click here

Today, day 3 of 6, here is another scrolled love note I had the opportunity to choose - I pray this encourages you...

"You can run - but I have pursued you with My Everlasting Love.
You think I'm finished with you? Haha! My child, this is a lie - you must long to believe Me as I Am Living Truth.
Let Me have the Last Word over your life - I Am the Author and Finisher of your faith.  Will you allow Me to be the Author of your story, revealing My Victorious Testimony?
Experience Me.  See Me.  Finally know Me as the Author of your life, I urge you to now live so others can read your story with adventure and joy - encapsulated  by Me Who is Peace!
I love you with My Endless, Eternal Love,
Papa God"

Scripture References:
Exodus 17:15
John 14:6
I John 4:17-19
Hebrews 12:2
Isaiah 26:3



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scrolled Love Note #2

Triumphant Victorious Reminder
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell



"Peace.  I Am your Peace Who allows you to walk through the muck and chaos.
I Am here - My authority I have already given you allows you to command chaos to be still and in order. This is key, CHOOSE ME moment by moment - every step - and peace will overtake you even while chaos is all around, I surround even that.  Behold Me! Make yourself aware to My presence that is already with you.

I love you with Who I Am, I Am eternal and in Me, my Love is Endless,
Papa God"

Scripture References:
Isaiah 26:3
John 14
John 16:33
Psalm 46:10

Monday, September 29, 2014

Scrolled Love Notes

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell

 
For the next few days, I will be posting one scrolled love note at a time that I believe the Lord inspired me to write last week.  I was led to write 20 small notes and roll them into small scrolls. The scrolls pictured above are the ones that were left over from when we gathered at our most recent time together within the setting of, Daughters of The King Life Group.
 

Perhaps the scroll I selected today is just for you or someone you know:

"Yes! I hear you.
I heard you from those moments even when it seemed like your darkest hour.
I have always been with you.
Now it is time for you to hear Me - come to Me, come close.
I Am here.
I Am speaking.
Open My Word, My love letter to you.
As you call on Me, just know I will answer you - but I won't just answer you, I will show you great and mighty things you've never seen, dreamed or imagined before.
I love you in a way you can only fathom in the dimension of eternity.
Love,
Abba Father God"


Scripture references:
Psalm 34:17
James 4:8
II Timothy 3:16-17
Jeremiah 33:3
Romans 8:14-16

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Transfer

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell



Pumpkin spice fragrance oil permeated the morning senses to awake and crave for the Fall season that is quickly approaching. Fall reminds me of God's embrace when needed most; this particular season compels that craving for The Lord in His Word like no other.

With all of that, my daughter & I met up in the kitchen for our coffee time with Jesus as we read together through Proverbs 25:21-22, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-38, and Romans 12:20-22

Upon these readings, we realized even more that in this life we're going to unintentionally and perhaps intentionally wrong others and others are going to do the same toward us - BUT, will we stay a mess because of it? We were reminded to ask ourselves, "How will that glorify the King of Freedom and Deliverance?"

So here's the awesome "light bulb moment"...
When we receive Salvation -Who is Jesus - as awesome and miraculous as it is to receive Salvation - even greater is the mighty responsibility. For the cost and price Jesus paid has been transferred to us who receive! So in that transfer it is this ...when we've been wronged and used - our echo can only be, "Father bless and forgive them for they know not what they do!" And watch true deliverance and freedom be lived out! We get to be the Revealers of Hope because of Christ Jesus!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Time...heal?!?!

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by; Teresa Criswell

Isaiah 61:1-3

The things said in time past so flippantly and carelessly. The things that are paid forward with the cliches of old. For instance, who came up with the saying, "Time heals"? 

"Time heals"...Really?!?! Tell that to a precious elderly person on their death bed, who is still imprisoned within their soul with past hurts, offenses, tragedies and brokenness as though the tragedy of years past happened yesterday! 

Or what about the ruins of a city? Does "time" pick up the debris of a town that once stood? Does "time" come alongside a child who lost both parents and hold them and embrace them? Does "time" give food and clothe you when you couldn't do anything but weep? NO!!! Time does nothing but bulldoze right through us - it flies with no consequences to pay - time only spends - it makes no investments, it quite simply goes right through us.

It is evidently clear that time heals no one! Here's the truth; the truth is - It's what we do WITHIN  time that determines whether healing is received or not!  And  most importantly, it is "Who" we get to say, "Yes" to within time that gives us grace to get through this life when we could not do it on our own. 


So here it is, time alone is about the "luck of the draw", it holds no one accountable and time alone produces loneliness. Yet, time with Almighty God allows us to utilize time as a well oiled machine to get things accomplished on this earth - bringing and giving healing and forgiveness to the broken who have caused others to be brokenhearted and sets the captives free - but not only sets them free but teaches us how to lean on God to STAY in HIS FREEDOM!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

One. Step. At. A. Time.

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell & Teresa's daughter (14 years young)

This morning as I said good morning to my husband, he said, "Good morning, coffee is ready and did you know Boo was up early this morning?" (Boo is one of the many nicknames he has for our daughter). 
I said, "Really?" 
As I walked into my daughters dim lit room, I whispered, "Good morning."  
With her sweet smile as she lay snuggled below the fluffy covers, she said, "Hi mom.  I was up earlier."  
And with excitement, I responded, "Did you get to read the Word today?"  
She said, "Yes, but we (Her and Jesus) talked more than I read." 
 I giggled as I said, "Oh, okay." 
With that great smile she has, she said, "Mom, you need to read what God shared with me, I posted it on Facebook."  
I couldn't wait to read as I said, "Really? Okay, I'll go read it now."  
Upon doing so, I was overwhelmed with awe toward God - a lesson in the making that covers every area of our lives - "One Step At A Time"...here's what our daughter was led to write: 




Good morning -
Today as I was praying and talking to God, I kept having the urge to pray for the next generation!! I got this cool message from Jesus and I wanted to share it with y'all! 


Here it is...
(These are my exact notes I wrote down)

The next Generation-
How can I help to change the next generation?
1. You need to have a willing heart.
2. Ask God what your job is to change the next generation - One. Step. At. A. Time.
3. DO IT!! Don't say "what if" or "but..." No! DO WHAT HE SAYS!! Remember He has it all planned out! You are a vessel that he chose to do this job. Don't underestimate God!
4. WATCH. See what God will do when you do the small things that you thought were small, but really turned out to be big! Praise God, because when he shows you the outcome of what he has done through you look what happens, you become more willing, you become seeking and asking God more, you become wanting to do more and you become seeing the next generation change and running after God!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


How exciting and cool is that! All we need to do is take just one step and we could see everything differently, now it might take some time, but when you're willing to do all these things, God will reward you greatly!! 

Hope you have a great day!
"Paris Keelea"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Faith is Ugly?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

James 1



When is faith really faith?  As Terry Pruett, the well known 'Possibility Architect' and CEO of XMO Global says, "Faith isn't faith until it's tested." Well then if that is the case, if "faith isn't faith until it's tested", then how do we know when we're walking in faith?  The answer to that question is found in a few places of scripture, however one the most well known scriptures is found in James 1. The exercise and the drill to know that our faith is working within us is when we count it all joy when circumstances come our way, especially in those moments we cannot control. 

Counting it all joy? 
Really? 
This causes me to realize that when I count it all joy in the midst of trials and tests, it is because I am intentionally choosing to COUNT on God - my faith is in Him which fills me with joy that is unexplainable.

With that just think, much of the ugly things we will go through, are going through, or have gone through allows faith to get us to experience the grace of God which empowers us by the Holy Spirit's power (Who is Grace) to lift us up; allowing us to keep going when in the natural we wouldn't be able to go on our own.

In those moments when we "say" we have faith we are now able to go to the next step and now choose to use the faith that possesses us and place our faith in God.

The triumphant, victorious reminder is realizing that having faith in things to happen or for things to get better is not what God ever intended! As Mark 11:22 records - that faith is to be placed in ONE PERSON - AND THAT IS GOD HIMSELF.  When we have faith in God, by default our perspective changes - our mindsets are changed - we see from Victory and now we can boldly say to the mountain to be moved because when our faith is in God - doubt has no place!  As our pastor profoundly says, "Get doubt out" - and the answer in getting doubt out is by placing our faith in God. As we place our faith in God, doubt has no place and now we are aware of hope being on the scene and now everything that seemed daunting and even is daunting is now shifted in it's proper place - the mountain is now a plateau because my sights are on God and Him alone! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Broken to Beautiful

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
 Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

Broken glass. Oil spilled. A waste...Or so I thought...



In that moment I was corrected to not look at it as a waste but as a lesson in the making.  I saw these words like a ticker in the forefront of my mind - "Broken to beautiful."


I had things to do - not a moment to waste - and I thought, "Not only was oil wasted but now my time..."

More than anything, that is when I saw the raw, naked truth of allowing God to be revealed in the midst of the broken vessel that once held my olive oil. It was as though I could hear the whisper of the Spirit, "I waste NOTHING - what you see as broken - I have already restored - I Am Restorer - I Am Rebuilder - I Am Redeemer. In that moment, the realization in the broken glass I had to clean up in the physical realm; the beauty of the oil sprawled on a small portion of the floor was uniquely beautiful.  It was as though I was hearing the whisper of the Holy Spirit, "The rich vastness of heaven is what is released when you allow the brokenness to become an exercise of revealing the glory of Who I Am.

I want to be intentionally clear on this - if we're broken because of self-inflicted wounds - then let's quickly repent and ask God to forgive you and begin living for Him - no longer focus on NOT sinning, instead FOCUS on the Life Giver and watch the longing to sin dissipate as you become more in awe of God.

More than anything, recognizing the oil of heaven in the midst of our unforeseen troubles allows us to be aware of the beautiful oil of joy - the strengthening oil of God - the trade currency of heaven on this earth. 

In no way do I ignorantly invite pain - but when pain comes, will I allow myself to recognize the majestic glory of God that is sprawled as evidence that He is right there?

What in your life, in my life that seemed to be a waste is now a triumphant victorious reminder of God's grace?  Let's allow His oil to permeate us with supernatural joy - so every time you are tempted to waver and shake - the oil of God's grace permeates your shield of faith.

 ~ Matthew 26:6-13 ~

Monday, June 23, 2014

42 years ago...


Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

 

The landmarks that were set in the background from that memorable day on June 21, 1972, has led you both to this very moment from which your story began – From Seoul, South Korea, to Honolulu, Hawaii and finally to the Los Angeles, California airports.  Think about this – so many moments, innumerable to count all the people walking by in that moment; in every terminal; goodbyes softly spoken; hellos excitedly shared; to the vacationers coming and going to the anticipated reunions and perhaps those mourning a loss to those who were starting all over again as fear caused their hands to sweat and their hearts to sink.  Those many moments filled with people in every circumstance revolving around one another – yet in those moments, it was like a pause in the universe as you must have felt the joyful nervousness of being reunited assisted by adventure of unbridled love and the longing to start a life together in the unknown.

Meanwhile, as you stepped out into the world of the unknown – misplaced faith in following this rare kind of love – this love that crossed oceans and the great divide transformed into faith that was intentionally placed in the Author of it all – Almighty God.

Dad and mom – your love for God – and your desperation for Him is what has led to this milestone
504 months, 2,191 weeks, 15, 340 days and 368,170 hours later.
 


Your 42 year anniversary – may the both of you have an anniversary with one another in which God is glorified and you both benefit in ways never imagined, dreamed or could possibly have ever seen in the greatest of books or movies.  May you see, experience and know that you both needed one another – one did not need the other more than the other – instead God placed in each of you what the other lacked and joined together in Him is what completed two beautiful people in becoming one rare vessel that has made an impact over their children, grandchildren and so many others that you have met along the way. 

Blessings and favor abound in Him every day and all the day long.

Love, Teresa “Twiggy”
June 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Exhausted or Empowered?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"I am given His Spirit, therefore, I have access to the mind of Christ."
~ I Corinthians 2:10-16 ~

There are two balloons - as I hold them both, they look the same. They're the same color and same size, BUT when I let go - one balloon soars to the ceiling and the other falls to the ground. The balloon filled with air and breath has no ability to allow the balloon to rise above - the balloon filled with helium allows the balloon to soar...same goes with who we are - our spirit man is pure and our soul man is weighed down by our will, emotions and past experiences. 

We expect to live a life for God in the soul, carnal realm - but it's not possible to make choices of the Spirit of God with our own power or might. HOWEVER, what is possible in Christ is to live a life according to The Spirit of God - but how? It starts with our mouth. Yes! When we regularly exercise - more than daily (Moment by moment) when our mouth, our tongue begins to declare the Truth of The Word of God - it is The Word that purely and properly renews our mind and lines up with the Holy Spirit of God. 

Be encouraged that no amount of will power can serve Almighty God without getting exhausted! If we're exhausted in the realm of "living for God" this could be an indicator that we are most likely "doing" out of the flesh versus "being" in The Holy Spirit. 

Let us be triumphantly and victoriously reminded that we cannot worship God in the flesh and opinions but only in spirit and in truth - thus is the difference in being exhausted and empowered!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brokenness To Wholeness

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by The Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell

"...Beauty of God in exchange for ashes of this life, the oil of joy in exchange for mourning and depression, the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness and oppression..."
~ Isaiah 61:3 ~

 As I had many times before, I dropped my phone; but this time the drop brought shattering results. 

At first bummed, then calling my mobile phone carrier to upgrade, it was in that moment I wasn't willing to pay nor sign a two year contract and found myself attempting to figure out "how" I could get my upgrade at no cost. It was in that very moment The Holy Spirit utilized my iPhone to teach me something so beautiful. It was that sweet, gentle whisper as though I could hear Him say, "Teresa,  don't worry. Let this be a reminder of your life without Me." As the call ended, in a silly way I held my phone close and said, "Thank You Lord for that reminder." 

Meanwhile, as I got really happy that my phone was broken - there it was -another teaching moment. "Teresa, this is how many are looking at life. It's as though they are seeing through distorted, broken glass due to fractures of being mishandled, mistreated and even their own mismanaged living." 

I must encourage myself and others - let the brokenness of your soul be made whole. Allow God to deliver you - it truly is a breath by breath, moment by moment, day by day intimate process with our King. The more we allow Him to hold us - the more the wholeness, the Shalom of God will manifest. Shalom is Peace - this supernatural Peace of God is what holds us up with His Abundant Grace that allows us to rise above hurt and offense and see with vision in God that "Nothing is broken and nothing is missing in Him." 

Be triumphantly and victoriously reminded that the state of our circumstances and the state of this world will not attempt to convince us that our God lacks any good, great, awesome thing.

* Deliverance is to be delivered from the lies and delivered into the healing, truth of God!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rescued...but by Who?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins."
~ Colossians 1:13-14 ~



The building was consumed with fire. The billowing black smoke revealed the intensity of the fire from within.
On the top floor of the enormous sky rise building with no way out, suddenly the door burst wide open with incredible intensity.
Not being able to tell if the door had been forced open due to the flames, but no matter what, the intense heat of the fire quickly consumed the room; crackling sounds were evidence that things were melting at record speeds.

Surrounded by the reminder of your last moments as your life flashes before you - you can feel the strength like never felt or imagined as you are picked up, wisked off feeling the forceful, yet gentle wind of being carried out of the building at lightening speeds.  Simultaneously within moments of being in the room to now being rushed down the stairs, you find yourself cradled in the arms of a veteran fireman, someone with controlled strength as the intensity of being rescued becomes overwhelming.

All you know is that you have been rescued. Slow motion collides with "the now" when you feel the rescuer place your feet on solid ground.  As he puts you down, his work seems to be done. With no words spoken, he walks away.  Wait! Do you let him go?  Do you let him walk away? Aren't you curious who this was that risked his life for you? Or do you let this cataclysmic - life altering moment pass you by? 

With all the intensity described, the same goes with the Rescuing Savior Jesus Christ. There are many who have let the Rescuer walk away...they talk about being saved and rescued but they don't even know who rescued them.  This hot, hunky fireman, this "man's  man" is likened to my Jesus.  He has rescued us, but many have not ran after Him, pursued Him to know more of Who is this One who rescued me?  Is the moment of being rescued more important than the One Who rescued me?  Is the event more important than the One who made the event so?

As I think upon my Rescuing Savior Jesus Christ, I think of that charge from Lisa Bevere when she wrote to me in 2004, "Teresa, Run after your Prince". A few years after her charge - this vision I shared of the "fireman" came alive in me. I realized that our churches and this country we live in is inundated with those who say they have been rescued, but have no idea who the Rescuer is.

Imagine if we did know HIM - we wouldn't live mediocre, complacent, "whatever will be, will be", passionless lives.  The results of this lukewarm living is that we know "of" the Rescuer, but we don't "know" Him.  Many of us did not pursue Him after that moment He set us on solid ground...we let Him go.  We didn't ask to 'sup' with Him, we didn't go run after Him to know more about Him.  We didn't run after Him and say, "I've got to know why you would risk it all, abandoning your rights to live - to allow me the right to not just live but live with abundance. Like bringing cookies to our local, earthly firemen - We didn't even live a more productive life to show our gratefulness.

Listen! Look! It's not too late for us! 
Run after Jesus.
Pursue Him.
Get to know His familiar smell.  Really - I mean it, you've got to smell Him - intentionally know His scent so you always know that He is near!.
Get into Him, be in awe of the One Who sent Him - our Father God.

The FIREMAN of all firemen AWAITS FOR YOU TO ASK HIM TO COMMUNE WITH HIM...WILL YOU PURSUE HIM?

There's more to this life than saying, "I'm saved" -  It's about us desiring the ONE Who saved us.
 
May this stir up an insatiable appetite to want and desire more of Him - falling in love with the Rescuer and getting to know Him as so much more - Giver, Lover, The Generous One, The Compassionate One, The Slayer of Hate as He overcomes evil with GOOD. The One Who Draws us to Himself.  The Healer, The Strengthener, The Confident One, The One Who Makes our weaknesses dissipate as His strength is made perfect in the midst of it.  The One Who Redeems; the One who gives back more than we could have ever imagined.  He is the Lord, the landowner of all the earth.  The One Who makes the earth His footstool, the Great I Am - The Alpha The Omega - The Beginning and The End, The Author, The Finisher of our Faith.  The ONE Who Has and Is the last word over our lives, if we let HIM.  He is our Shalom - the ONE who ensures that NOTHING IS BROKEN AND NOTHING IS MISSING.  THE ONE WHO MAKES THE FRACTURES BECOME WHOLE AS THOUGH IT NEVER HAPPENED.  Are we evidence of Who we've been rescued by?  Or do we just have a good 'story' to tell?

As Lisa wrote to me, so I write to you - "Run after your Prince, Your King - His Name is Jesus!"

(Applicable ways -
Ask the Father God to allow His Holy Spirit to show you.
Read the Gospel of John
Ask God, "Father, in Jesus name, I ask, will you baptize me by the power of the Holy Spirit with YOUR UNQUENCHABLE FIRE?")

Will you let me know what happens next?

How do we defeat the enemy?  By the Blood of The Lamb (Jesus) and by the Word of our Testimony who reveals Jesus! (Revelation 12:11) 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Do you know...?


Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

Do you know a man who is merciful yet walks in great authority?
How about a man whose words are few yet when he speaks, his words have incredible weight?
Have you ever met a man who is so fixed on His God that the demonstration of his life is not about what he says but how he lives?

This man I ask about is none other than my earthly dad. Vanishing point, mind blowing thoughts race my mind to think that out of all people, my sisters and I would get to have a daddy like him.  I have often wondered, why me Lord?  Why would you allow me to have this sweet encounter with an earthly father who is incredibly rare?

I have to be honest, these thought have brought me to guilt at times as I was not the easiest daughter to raise - a daughter who witnessed at the age of 13, her daddy in the living room, praying on his knees to a God that seemed so far away - yet he prayed at 4 am as though he was so near.  In those moments, my dad humbled to know the only way through this life was and is to seek God with everything as guidance and protection would fall into place over his wife, my mom and his girls.

This great man who constantly spoke life into me when others gave up - he championed the heavens to chase his daughter down when she was beguiled and deceived by the world's glamor and the seemingly fulfilling gratification of right now. My dad, a man who called on Jesus, the name above every name, to dispatch His angels to take charge over me in all my ways so that I would come back home...not just home with my family - but my true home, being aware moment by moment of God's incredibly matchless presence - seeking His face, pursuing Him with everything and never turning back...that HOME! For dad you knew that once I encountered my true home not from your experience but from my own with Jesus that this would only compel me forward, loving God with everything which would overflow into loving myself and others and in that revelation of God's true love would cause me to never quit!  Dad, through partnering with God in obedience, you allowed the course to be set the course to fix our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith and his name is none other than JESUS!

Why do I write all this for you to see? Because today is my dad's anniversary of his birth - his birthday!

Daddy, we all love you, you are a unique treasure.  Some may only have known you as that cute, little mischievous little boy, others as that rebellious teenager and then there are those who may  have only known you as a hippie or a young man serving in the military -

Dad is the 2nd one from the left...


  - but the lineage you have left behind for your family and so many others is your demonstration of being a warrior for the King of all kings.  We must thank God for His persistent vessel in the 1970's by the name of Ray Pew who was the first to witness you drop to your knees and receive Jesus not only as Savior but Lord as Ray was the first to see your lineage forever change - and to God we are grateful for him but also grateful dad that you said YES to God - for we and so many more are a life that was and is forever changed...

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Dad, there's something else you need to know - you were and are that awe inspiring example of how we can approach our Heavenly Father with boldness, laughter and great surety that He will never turn us away, for you did that for each of us.  I know with boldness that God will never say,  "Not now - I don't have time..." - Instead dad you gave us a glimpse of the example of consistently taking the time to pray over us, speak into us the Word of God even in the midst of squirming about wanting to go play as you allowed the patience of God to echo and be displayed through every fiber of your being.

Well dad, I could write so much more - but what a privilege and honor to know you and wish you a happy birthday.  Thank you for cheering on heaven on my behalf and even when it looked like the game of my life was ending with a score of 70-0, you cheered me on and said, "Teresa, there's a call on your life - NOW ANSWER IT - CATCH IT - YOU CAN DO IT - I BELIEVE IN YOU!"

With all that, I cheer for you my dad - WITH LONG LIFE GOD SATISFIES YOU AND HAS SHOWN YOU HIS SALVATION!
 
Love you!
Twiggy

Monday, March 10, 2014

Abandoned Yet Chosen

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
(Re-post from October 24, 2011)





"Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy..."
~ Psalm 68:5-6a ~

She stood before the mirror, staring at her saddened reflection. The thoughts entering her mind, whirling about at cataclysmic speeds as she was on the brink of making the biggest decision of her life.

Torn by the news of her pregnancy, her mind led to the unknown experience of adoption. The thoughts invoked fear, which led to the deceptive 'quick fix' thoughts of abortion. The more she allowed that destructive thought to burrow into her mind, it dangerously became a 'logical' option that she could justify. She would not only have to experience seeing her baby at the appointed birth, but she would not have to feel the aching pry from her arms as she delivered a beautiful gift into the world. The turmoil haunted her. The 'quick fix' would have a more tragic outcome as she might hear haunting whispers of, "What was I suppose to be?"

As she warred with the decision of adoption and abortion; she knew that she could not kill the child growing within her womb. Suddenly, the nurturer, the warrior and the mother rose up on the inside of her and said, "I will see to it that my baby lives and does not die, and will be 'chosen' by a family who will see the desires of their heart fulfilled! Not only will this beautiful life live; but my mandate is to pray continually for my child. My beautiful gift from God, no matter how the baby was conceived, will live an abundant life in Jesus, revealing God's power in this earth."

I interrupt this with the thought of the many who have experienced abandonment in this life. Whether you were the one who abandoned someone, or the one who was abandoned. Perhaps you were adopted, and you have dealt with those real feelings of abandonment. It is a possibility that you are one who was treated worse than an animal, even left for dead. It may have been that you have experienced the life as an orphan, tragically losing your parents or perhaps you were one who was cared for with great love but for some reason could not fully accept such pure love.

The circumstances are innumerable; but God's powerful love that king's cannot speak of; this earth shaking love that causes the 'greats' to weep from such uncommon Power, is before you in this very moment. Holding out His glorious hand, encouraging you with His desire that you receive His irrevocable, unconditional love.

We must rise up as the woman did who was at a crossroad in her life. There will be times where the decision on either side will be difficult. However, in our decision making, we must be a warrior of obedience; a warrior for someone else, seeing life come forth because of radical obedience, no matter how incomprehensible the situation.

Will we receive the One Who allows us to dream BIG?
Will we receive Him, moment by moment, the One Who is Love?
As we do, how can we not be willing to share His love that is continually being lavished upon us with others whom He lavishly loves?
Will we lavishly reveal God's love, expressed through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, upon someone else who is in desperate need of God's love?
Will we be assistants in the breakthrough over another individual, who is on the familiar path we were once on, will we allow them to see God's love expressed through our lives?

I don't know what God has in store with the following, however, I am led to write:
If you have a dream, see to it that it is developed. In the development, do not be solely focused on the development of the dream, but envision the people who will be forever changed by the dream. Most importantly, Don't Give Up! This will ensure that your dream comes to fruition and brings glory to the Father God!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Top Five Things I Was Reminded to NOT FORGET...

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell




Top Five Things I Was Reminded To NOT FORGET...

1. Prayer changes things??? Actually this alone is FALSE...Let it be clarified - It is GOD Who changes things and He uses prayer as one of many 'tools' to let us see change. Just like the shofar, anointing oil, prayer cloths, worship music, praise, dance, banners, fasting, etc. - those things alone don't do the change...it's WHO those things are committed to - The One True God - that changes things. However, when these things are properly used while focusing our faith in God - these things help change our perspective and mindset to completely focus on our Awesome God and get rid of doubt and walk in faith - HAVING FAITH IN GOD...FOR WHEN THIS HAPPENS THEN WE CAN SAY TO THE MOUNTAIN, 'MAY GOD LIFT YOU UP AND THROW YOU INTO THE SEA, AND YOUR COMMANDMENT WILL BE OBEYED...WE CAN TALK TO THE MOUNTAIN ALL DAY, BUT UNTIL OUR FAITH IS IN GOD, WE'LL BE DOING MORE CHATTERING THAN SEEING MOUNTAINS SHATTERING (Mark 11:22-25, Isaiah 26:3)!!!

2. When we go through tough times it makes us stronger in character! - This is partially true...but alone it's a lie...for it's ONLY when we focus on God Who sees us through that will cause us to be GENUINELY stronger in character (Philippians 3:12-14, James 1:2-4...our pastor has been teaching on this with great power)!

3. If you go to church you'll become stronger in Christ...NO!!! It's tripled with what we learn from the Holy Spirit as The Spirit helps us become equipped through the true understanding of The Word of God while meeting together as a church (Praise God for our pastor who teaches truth from The Word of God as the final authority) along with that intimate time alone with God while in His Word and in prayer that causes us to become stronger in Christ! (Ephesians 6:10-18)

4. God doesn't give us more than we can handle...NO!!! Life gives us more than we can handle - but it's through CHRIST that handles things in our lives that we could never do on our own...in our weakness HIS STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT AND COMPLETE (II Corinthians 12:1-10)

5. Paul's Thorn in the flesh was a physical ailment - FALSE!!!! The thorn in his flesh is revealed plainly in II Corinthians 12:7!!!! Do you know what it was??? It was a messenger from Satan who tormented him. And three different times he asked God to remove it...and each time God said, "MY gracious favor is all you need. My power works BEST in your weakness."

With these 'ponderings' today...here's the conclusion, the Triumphant Victorious Reminder:
Everything points back to HIM! We have given credit to the 'things of God', our past experiences and who we are for way too long and it has muddied the waters that were never meant to be muddied! We must give CREDIT TO GOD AND ONLY GOD and the things of HIM should point back directly to HIM and that is it...