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'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 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''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...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Heavenly 'Snapshot' Transfer

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

"This accords with the Tanakh, where it says, "I have appointed you to be a father to many nations," Avraham (Abraham) is our father in God's sight because he trusted God as the One who gives life to the dead and calls nonexistent things into existence."
~ Romans 4:17 (Complete Jewish Bible) ~

Spacing out into the vanishing awe and wonder of God while washing the dishes in the sink, and then BAM! I saw the face of someone I had not thought of for over 15 years.  I shook my head as though I was clearing my thoughts as if to ask, "Where did that thought come from?"  Usually, in most cases, I have found that these 'pictures of people's faces' are what I call heavenly 'snapshots' from God, transferred and downloaded into my thoughts for a purpose. 

These are the moments that stir the joy of the Lord within me.  Why?  For this reason...
that God would trust me enough in that moment
to share a small glimpse of His eternal, continual thoughts of that person or group of people;
with 'out of all people'

Do you know what I'm talking about?  It causes me to sit here...a mere woman...a wife...a mom...sitting at her desk in the small classroom tucked away in the corner of her home to declare Who He is in their lives, even if it is not seen in their lives - I can see through the eyes of God's supernatural vision; seeing through another dimension...the dimension of eternity as though it were in our realm of 'right now.'

This leads me to the power of Faith...not just the general word we so easily and loosely use -
but the 'faith in God' kind of 'faith'.
Not that 'magical' 50/50, hope and cross your fingers type of faith -
The faith that causes what has already taken place in God's eternal realm to manifest in our realm of 'now'.

So when we get that 'download', that 'snapshot' - let us triumphantly remember what Adonai, our Almighty God says, "For I know what plans I have in mind for you, plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11).  We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead our declarations so we are no longer praying from our limited intellect but by the Holy Spirit's power which reveals Adonai's Wisdom and Understanding; Counsel and Might; Knowledge and fearing Adonai" (Isaiah 11:2).

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Something New...

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

I would like to introduce you to my new additional blog - it's called, "The Pee Diaries of A Laughing Mom" - Her laughter is stronger than her bladder!

Please know that I will continue blogging for TVR, but wanted to hilariously introduce you to the link of my very first post!