Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 "Perfection?"

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

"[As for] God, His way [is] perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He [is] a shield to all who trust in Him."
~ Psalm 18:30 ~



I sigh with great satisfaction. Today, my dear friend Jennifer and I received a massive God Kiss as we were able to fellowship with one another. Our fellowships consist of giggling, trading back massages and more than anything basking in the amazing testimonies of our Awesome God!

I love my 'God kisses' when I am with her especially...the experience is even richer. It reminds me of the principle of agreement in scripture where two or more are gathered in His name, there He is in the midst of them! When Jennifer and I get together, many times it is an experience of God's beautiful embrace upon His daughters.

While Jennifer and I were laughing about our struggles and the healing that God is bringing us through, especially in regards to obsessing with cleaning or organizing, she said something that resonated so deep within my heart. She said, "Teresa, have you noticed that we as Christians do not look at 'perfectionism' as an addiction? We actually give place to it and burden each other with it, acting as though it's a good thing. When she said it, it was as though the striving to perfectionism is as a shovel that only digs a deep pit of despair. The struggle with perfectionism is like a drug, and yet we seem to reward those who strive and condemn others who aren't doing it." I am reminded today that God did not call us to perfection, He called us to trust in Him, Who is PERFECTION...HE calls us to rely on His perfection as it completes us by His Grace...not ours! We are not to rely on our inability to be perfect...first, it will never happen and secondly because it only unravels our lives into despair. He has never called us to forgive, love, or bless others on our own strength...it can't be done because of our own conditional agendas and judgments...we are called to trust Him, rely on Him so that we can forgive, love and bless others through Jesus Christ who gives us the strength to do such a work that transforms lives!

May we remember today that the rich, wealthy blessings of God, revealing salvation through Jesus Christ; is a story of His perfection that unfolds into a beautiful, revealing power of God's great redeeming love story that our lives get to be a part of to share with others with great freedom and joy!

5 comments:

  1. Amen...great lesson here...I know I can totally relate...always learning to trust and rely more on the Lord....

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  2. Amen... And sometimes we can get so caught up in thinking that everything has to be perfect that we just don't even try. After all we know we can NOT be good (perfect) at that, why bother? Lord, help us out of this rut!

    Learning to trust God more,
    LindaJ

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  3. And,I also say, "Amen!" I have struggled with perfectionism all my life. I am learning to give it to God, Who alone is perfect.

    Thank you for your lovely words!!!

    Blessings,

    Andrea

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  4. Jennifer said...

    AWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started to tear up when you said the best part about our fellowship is sharing amazing testimonies of our Awesome God! It is so true there is nothing more fulfilling than to share with another Christian of Gods faithfulness and goodness! YOU have BLESSED ME with your WONDERFUL friendship, I know you are heaven sent!
    LOVE U
    JEN
    I know you are busy or I WOULD CALL AND CRY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU!! LOLO! Call when you can!

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