October 9, 2009, "What if?"

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

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills ~ from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore."

~ Psalm 121 ~

Why is it Lord that the thoughts continue to linger? The thoughts of failure, depression, hopelessness, fear. Those thoughts seem to never leave people. But wait! I don't want that 'by default' promise upon my life. I want and pursue Your heart in which You have promised that You would never leave me, nor forsake me. Never! Never! Never!

I choose Your promise of never leaving me; I don't want to focus on the thoughts that will never leave me. I choose You Lord! I choose Your heart. I choose Your power and might. I choose Your healing power! I want the fullness of You as I pursue Your heart. I don't want to only hang onto Your attributes or what You can do for me. I want You! I desire with great fervency Your heart!

Lord, the pressures are closing in on me. I feel like I can't breathe anymore. I am overwhelmed by the fears of 'What if?' From where does my help come from? It comes from You Almighty God!

What about you? Do you have the 'What if?' fears?

What if they take everything?
What if the report from the doctor is cancer?
What if the medication doesn't work?
What if I don't meet the deadline?
What if I fail, why even try?
What if I lose my job?

These are just a few of the haunting questions that bombard us! As the questions come, allow the Spirit of God on the inside to shout back the answers! Preach to yourself if you have to! Your life, my life depends on it! Someone else's life depends on my obedience in the Lord. Someone else's life depends on your obedience in the Lord and making it through! Someone is praying for a breakthrough from God; and I believe He has a plan to utilize us a vessel for His glory to see the breakthrough come upon their life.

'Preach it to yourself' answers to the bombarding questions:

What if they take everything?
God is the God of Jubilee! The 'What if?' got to me too late...why? Because they can't take everything...for God is my everything!

What if the report from the doctor is cancer?
God is my Healer! That report got to me too late! For the report of the Lord is what I choose to believe! By Jesus Stripes I am healed. I have faith in my Healer. I will not see with 'eyes' of fear my death...I will see through 'eyes' of faith LIFE! Wow! Even with 'eyes' of fear you still have to see something that hasn't happened yet...and many times we see death. We need to call those things that be not as though they are with faith! We need no longer to call those things that be not as though they are with fear! I'm getting ready to do the victory dance right now! Come on! Let's rise up in faith in our God!! How Excellent He is!

What if the medication doesn't work?
God is My Source! He will provide the resources! I am no longer going to try to fix an inside problem with an outside source! No more!

What if I don't meet the deadline?
I need to stop worrying about the deadline and start focusing on the finish 'life'line!

What if I fail, why even try?
Failure is not an option. Trying is not an option! Doing it is the only option! For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It may seem long and weary. The waiting will seem like the longest wait! But in the waiting is when my strength in Him is renewed!

What if I lose my job? Or I've lost my job, now what?
God is My Provider! He provides more than enough for me! I don't know how it's going to come, or where, or even when...but I know the Who in the midst of it! I haven't lost anything...I have only gained favor with God with my next opportunity that God has for me.

May we be reminded in the midst of hopelessness, fear, anxiety and loss that God is our Hope, our Faith, our Peace and our Gain because of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah, for the Spirit of the Living God on the inside of us when we have a relationship with our Savior and Lord!

Let's get the 'preach on' in the midst of the shouting voices of defeat!



  1. AMEN, Sister!! I am RIGHT there with ya! <><

    Teresa, I have only 'known' you for a day now... and yet I feel like we are old friends! You are such a blessing and I am SO glad you have given yourself as a vessel for God to work through! I'm so glad He has crossed our paths!

    Big Hugs,

  2. Tanya...thank you so much for your encouraging words from the Father God! Mmmmmmm!!! i love his great encouragement! I am so excited that He has allowed our paths to cross as well...out of all paths..through the blogging path! I love it!

  3. Love this post, thank you!

    I came across your blog via someone else’s blog and I'm so glad I did. Your blog is very inspirational.

    Thank you for the nice comment on my blog, you are so sweet! =)

    Have a wonderful weekend!



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