Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011, "How, Who and Wow!"

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

Numbers 23:19-20

O to be reminded of God's great love for and over us.

Are you bewildered, awestruck and shaking your head in awe that "while we were yet sinners, Christ still died for us" (Romans 5:6-11)?

This truth for me is incredibly moving. To ponder this amazing, eternal, extravagent love shakes me to the core of my every aching part of being human.

"Really God? You love us that much? But how?" Here is the answer I received,
"The 'How' reveals the 'Who' which leads to the 'Wow'!"

As I sit here amazed, I am reminded of the prophet Balaam who was bid to come by King Balak, the king of Moab, to prophesy a curse against God's people. It is quite interesting that even through this dishonorable prophet, he spoke forth truth as he knew he would only be able to speak what the Lord would have him say. King Balak attempted to desperately pay and give the prophet whatever he desired for him to speak curses over God's people. Balaam even in his own shame would not receive the riches because he knew the power of God over the mediocre power of man. Balaam knew the power of God that it would be impossible for him to curse what God had blessed. These are the words spoken forth by the prophet,
"God is not a man, that He should lie.
He is not a human, that He should change His mind.
Has He ever spoken and failed to act?
Has He ever promised and not carried it through? I received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it..."

Isn't this amazing? Thousands of years later, we continue to learn from those who existed before us, the powerful reminder of our Living God.

I am reminded today of this truth...The truth still remains...
God cannot stop loving as He is Love.

He cannot stop being faithful, because that is Who He is; He is Faithful.

He cannot stop being Merciful,
for He is Mercy.

He cannot stop Forgiving,
for He is the Almighty Forgiver.
We as mere human beings may possess and even function in these beautiful attributes, but we are not what we possess. We are humbly who we get to be, because of Who possesses us.
We must remember that this promise is to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as The Lover of their Soul, The Convictor of their hearts, the Savior of their souls and the Lord and Commander of their lives.

I am triumphantly and victoriously reminded that God is and does because He IS and ALWAYS WILL BE!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011, "Desperately Craving"

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

"Seek [crave] first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..."
~ Matthew 6:33 ~

She desperately cries out to her Righteous and Just God, "Do you hear me, Lord? I long for You."

Her cries are immediately hushed as she is reminded of the mounting laundry, dishes accumulating in the dirty sink, the ever constant 'to do list', and the 'run yourself ragged' errands leading her to the reality of the right now as she is seduced from her desperate need to experience the intimacy that she so longs for with her Awesome God.

I am reminded by the uncanny 'tug of war' as our days are measured by time, yet Eternal God is not moved by our twenty-four hour time table; He is only moved by faith in Him as He hears His Eternal Word being echoed back with fervent declarations of praise.

As we attempt to stifle the cravings with the distractions of this life may we remember that the constant distractions that we fill ourselves with will only lead to the dehydration and malnourishment of our aching souls that can never be satisified by anything but The refreshing Holy Spirit of God.

I must be overwhelming enthralled by the aching desire of my God and King to run after Him, not growing weary; walking and not fainting as the waiting upon the Lord provides renewed strength (Isaiah 40:31).

I am moved with awe of my aching desire of Him, the One and Only Glorious, Infathomable God and King.

I love You Lord; I am desperately in need of You, as there are others who are praying for someone to love them, to show them they are loved. I need to be overflowing with Your love, not just for me but for others to receive what I have received so beautifully. I can not hoard what I have freely received from You, I must freely give from the portions of your eternal grace, a vessel that pours out with fervent passion.