Friday, March 29, 2013

God's Seed, jesus christus

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

The earth opened up and received God's amazing SEED.

God's seed would produce a plant called,
Abundant Life - jesus christus
Exclusive - This miraculous, unique plant's thick, long, vibrant petals of colors are a standout in any garden. However you will find that it cannot be planted with any other seed, for the vibrant life of this plant causes the other plants to die.  Sweet flavor yet bold, strong yet never overbearing. Thrives in heat and the colorful petals have names never heard of or seen before.

The names of these majestically, vibrant colors?
MENDED HEARTS
LIBERTY
EYES OPEN
MOUTHS TO SPEAK
WHOLENESS
DELIVERANCE
ABUNDANT LIFE

The rare fragrance?
AMAZING, RELENTLESS ETERNAL, PASSIONATE LOVE

Medicinal purposes are produced by the colors within the petals:
MEND BROKEN HEARTS
SET LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES
BLIND EYES OPEN
MUTE TO SPEAK
WHOLENESS IN SOUL
RESURRECTION, ABUNDANT LIFE

What kind of light does this plant need?
PRODUCES IT'S OWN LIGHT; BRIGHTER THAN A MILLION SUNS

The exposure to this 'PLANT':
causes the greatest sign and wonder to take place ~ GOD'S ETERNAL LOVE to be implanted into the hearts of anyone who ingests.

To receive the description of God's seed was fun...but let's think about this...

As Jesus, the SEED WILLINGLY died on this EARTH, NEW LIFE AWAITED! 
As hopelessness filled so many hearts of those who followed Jesus within those first 72 hours,
ABUNDANT LIFE ~ JESUS ~ came forth from the tomb by GOD'S SUPERNATURAL RESURRECTION POWER.

The resurrection power did not stop there...THE POWERFUL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CAUSED OTHER TOMBS TO OPEN UP.

I am triumphantly and victoriously reminded that God's Resurrection power is not just powerful, BUT CONTAGIOUSLY POWERFUL.  How do I know?  Because I am a life that was dead and I too resurrected on March 6, 2003 and have continued on the journey of Salvation with Jesus Who has introduced me to so much more than His amazing rescuing power.  Will we continue the journey of Resurrection Life?  .

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Set the record straight...

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

"Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you?  Even the sinners do that!  And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful?  Even sinners do that!  And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful?  Even sinners do that much..."
~ Luke 6:27-38 ~

Many fists flail in the air as they make sure the 'sinners' know what they are AGAINST.  
Even sinners do that. 

Or how about that moment when I walk in to a store and am treated poorly by an employee.  Indignation rises up and in my heart I say, "I'll show them!  I'll go elsewhere!"  But wait!  Even sinners do that.  In that moment, perhaps God is making me aware, "This is your mission field.  GO and display what they lack...take hold of MY GRACE."  We may not be able to love them with our own love within our own strength, however with God's beautiful sign and wonder of His grace we can display a life of love to especially those who lack what TRUE LOVE TRULY IS!

What about the Proverb that says, "Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight"?  
Even sinners listen to a one sided story and can believe it. But what are we to do?  It doesn't matter how much character and integrity someone has, if we hear something, and whether it is believable or not, we must take it to the Lord...He will settle it or lead us to see the WHOLE story of that particular matter.

As I lead up to this morning, I was led to Proverbs 18.  In this leading, I heard in my heart more than once, "Set the record straight."  
I thought, "What?"  
I heard it again, "Set the record straight."  
So before I go any further, has anyone heard about the huge commotion of the CEO of Starbucks statement, supposedly made to Christians?  Has anyone done the research on what actually came out of Howard Mark Schultz, the CEO's mouth?  

Now on a side note, does he openly support gay marriage?  Yes.  
Do I agree with his support?  No.  
Now please!  Before you stop reading this, if you are in support of gay marriage, I want to make this point very clear, my stance is not based on my opinion.  My stance is only based on what God purposed and planned from the beginning, to be fruitful and multiply.  Furthermore, as God is not for homosexuality, He is also not for lying, gossip, murder, beastiality, molestation, incest, adultery, someone who sows discord, coveting, idolatry, rape, being rude, prideful and the list goes on.  

With that said, do we know what God is FOR?  He is not for sin, but HE IS FOR PEOPLE!  God is all about and FOR TRUTH; ABUNDANT LIFE; FORGIVENESS; BEING A HERALD OF THE GOOD NEWS; PEACEMAKERS; HEARTS THAT REVEAL CONTENTMENT; WORSHIPING HIM. THE ONE TRUE GOD; BEING KIND AND MERCIFUL; AND REVEALING HIS LOVE WITH HONOR AS WE ESTEEM OTHERS HIGHER THAN OURSELVES, SERVING ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE.  

Going back to what I heard last night and into this morning; that soft voice within my heart saying, "Set the record straight."  In addition to that word, as I began to get ready, I heard, "I have called my people into the world, so GO! Don't turn around because they are not for what I Am for.  Teresa, they are in darkness and you carry MY GLORIOUS LIGHT."  As I heard these words, tears rolled down my face as I immediately thought of Jonah.  He did not want to go to those barbaric people.  They were filled with sadistic wickedness; had no respect for human life to the point of feasting on the flesh of humans, they were beyond barbaric...and yet God still called Jonah to go to them, because of God's goodness leading them to repentance!  Although I can clearly see why Jonah did not want to go, his opinion didn't matter...it was God's relentless love for the people of Ninevah.  I then asked myself, "Am I like Jonah?"

In this awakening, I was led yet again by that voice, "Set the record straight."  So, I somehow found a video of the CEO of Starbucks address to the shareholders to find out what was ACTUALLY said. 

Here are Howard Mark Schultz's words verbatim as I transcribed, per the video what he said before the closing of speech:
“...Not every decision we make is an economic decision.  Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year.  I don't know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last twelve months.  Having said that, not every decision we make is an economic decision. The lens in which we make our decision, is through the lens of our people. We employee over 200,000 people in this company and we want to embrace diversity; of all kinds,” said Schultz.   In addition to this statement, he further said, “If you feel, respectfully, if you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it's a free country, you can sell your shares at Starbucks and buy your shares elsewhere.  Thank you."

After watching the video, sadness filled my heart for him.  He did not attack Christians.  However, I must say many, including many Christians attacked him.  I sit here in tears how the Lord must be saying, "What are my people doing?"  I said to spread my good news to ALL, not to only those we want to spread it to...but TO ALL!  Jesus message was to His followers to give to the world and Paul's message was to the church.  We cannot confuse the two messages!!!!  We are not addressing someone within the church...we are addressing someone in the world.  Today, I saw Howard Mark Schultz with God's compassion and He showed me the gift from God of great influence.  In that moment I was convicted to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send His loving, ministering laborers into his life, not bash him.  I am sick to my stomach that I fell for this rumor.  I am reminded of what my earthly father says so often, "Did you hear them say it?"  And if my answer is "No".  He then proceeds to say, "Then don't believe it until  you know for sure because it can ruin peoples lives."

I am triumphantly reminded by the Spirit of our Amazing God Who is relentlessly after the hearts of every person in this world:
"Outrage does not bring change to hearts...it's the outrageous love of God that does. The loudest shout is the life that lives OUT LOUD THE LOVE OF GOD. Not our perspective of what 'we think' God's Love is, but GOD'S JUST AND RIGHTEOUS LOVE. I am learning that the greatest SHOUT in this life AGAINST something that hurts the heart of God is to live out what HE IS FOR; bringing glory to the Creator of life, purpose and multiplication. If I am FOR what God is FOR, then I have a great mandate to shower my spouse, my children, and the world what the honorable, relentless love of God looks like ~ revealing my honor for and to GOD!  With that, I can know that in due time, repentance will come forth. With honor I can humbly present the heart of the Lord to those that need to hear...and I pray that others will with honor and humbleness present the heart of the Lord to me when I must hear how I can change for His great glory."

Monday, March 11, 2013

God Who Is Love Covers

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


"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins."
~ I Peter 4:8 ~

"For a prosperous man is generous. He who refreshes others, will himself be refreshed."
~ Proverbs 11:25 ~

Betrayal. Infidelity. Adultery. Anger. Hopelessness.

"Lord, what is his password?
I need to know.
God, what is it?"
"Where is he?"
"Is he with her tonight?"

She finds receipts of purchases for this woman and her child.
The boiling hate of betrayal rises up out of her and towards him.
When she sees him, it is as though he can feel the weapons of every kind shoot like bullets from her eyes with disgust and shame.
Angry words stir up even more dissension.
The atmosphere filled with hate and anger.

Respect evaporates in an instant based on what he has done many times over.
Love evaporates in an instant based on the justified, condemning words she has spoken towards him.

In the midst of this war, their precious son, confused.
In his own turmoil, he asks himself,
"Did I do something wrong?"
"Why won't they laugh at my jokes anymore?"
"I want to laugh, but this house won't let me!"

Suddenly, she hears the whispers of the Holy Spirit, "Love covers a multitude of sins. The embrace of a wife covers the sinner. I forgave you and you received much forgiveness; now you must give freely what you have received much of."

Her fists clenched in anger as she screams, "God! Have you turned a blind eye to my pain?" Have you not seen what he has done? He is with another woman? Have you seen and heard the dialogue of these two? Everything I dreamed of, it has been shattered!!! God, why didn't you stop it?"
She hears the still small voice, "My daughter, I have also seen what you have done and I love you with My everlasting love. Daughter, he must see Me through you. I am faithful even when you were and are faithless. You are filled with my faithfulness from my Holy Spirit, now let Me pour out of you....I have never asked you to do anything I have not already done."

As she hears these words, she weeps with uncontrollable anguish.
She knows truth, but everything in her wants to do the opposite of truth.
Vengeance is easier; explosion is easier.
Pride revealed as self wants to manifest...yet, humbleness must be revealed through strength under control.

The power of hate that wants to spew out of control is controlled by the power of God's love, manifesting true humility.

The Spirit of God speaks to her heart yet again, "I am your Husband." "I am going to take this sin he has committed and use it as an opportunity to teach you what it is to have a husband who longs for you so jealously. As I teach you, he will learn from My respect through you how to be a husband I have called him to be, as you arise to become the wife I have called you to become. Remember Hosea, My prophet. Do not seek counsel based on what you want to hear; seek My Counsel, for you will hear what you need to hear. I will Restore; but you must do as I say."

Her head and eyes look up. This new found confidence rises up out of her and she says, "I will Arise out of this depression. My son and my husband need me. My husband is a soul who is in desperate need of Jesus." As she cries out she realizes her heart has shifted from selfish human love transformed by God's genuine love.

The Holy Spirit continues to comfort her as she hears, "My daughter, when your son is in the room, overtake him with a hilarious embrace. Kiss him, love him. Look into his eyes and tell him what a gift from God he is to you. He longs to laugh...let my joy burst forth bringing my strength in the midst of weakness."

"My daughter, tell my son, your husband how you appreciate his hard work. Embrace him."
"But God, what if he rejects me?""Focus on my acceptance of you, not mere man's rejection. Remember, he is not rejecting you but rejecting Me. Be my vessel. I will restore."

"God, what if I can't take it anymore?"
"Then, My daughter, I will reveal that My grace is sufficient for you. My grace will allow you to soar above what you can not walk through in your own strength. You cannot handle this burden alone; but I can and already have."

To see my friend walk out in God's strength is beyond admirable. It is truly seeing royalty at its finest. I am in awe to write a glimpse of her story as the testimony of God continues to unfold in her life, she is falling in love with The Lover of her soul, Jesus Christ. I asked her for permission to share God's testimony through this trying time...and without hesitancy she said, "Yes, share!"

As God allowed me to stand with her, I felt inadequate.
I told God, "I have no idea what she is going through. I am not qualified to pray with her, nor stand with her."
That is when the Lord pierced my heart.
It was as though I heard God say, "You will give Counsel from the Almighty Counselor.
Do not speak what you you want to speak, for when you hear what has taken place you will want to advise her to do what she wants to hear. You must arise and follow My lead, not your lead or the world's in this situation.
No more pleasing man with what they want to hear; but you must please Me and tell yourself and others what must be heard. Boldness shall arise. It is not something you summon on your own strength...submit to Me, abide and live in My Word and the counsel revealed in boldness will bring refreshment as My boldness is driven by pure, genuine love."

Scripture References:
I Peter 4:8
Proverbs 11:25
Ephesians 5:33
II Timothy 2:13
Isaiah 60:1
I Thessalonians 4
I Corinthians 12:9
Acts 4
I Timothy 1:5