Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weapon of Gratefulness

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

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name."

- Psalm 100:4 -

Do we want to overcome by not being led by how we feel?

Do we want to see victory in not being led by what we just heard that may have been hurtful?

It's easy to be seduced away from focusing on God in the midst of negativity, isn't it?

Are we being led by those thoughts that whisper with deceit, "Look! You prayed and it still didn't work"?
Are we being led by status quo?

I know for me these are temptations but God always provides a way out by the weapon of thankfulness and praise to the One Who is The Exit Route.

So I ask myself,
Are feelings willing to die for me?
Are familiar bad experiences that try to convince me to disobey so I'm not hurt again, did those experiences die for me?
Is negativity willing to die for me?
Are those lying thoughts willing to die for me?

Of course the answer is no! So then, am I willing to give up and die for a lie when the Truth and Abundant Life Who is Jesus already died for you and me?

Isaiah 53 shows Jesus' provision from the torture and death that He willingly laid His life for to do the will of His Father as He wanted us to be brought back to Himself so we'd follow His leading - not to be led by the lying yet cunning voices that beckon us away from God!

As we are led by The One Who gave it up so we could rise up? We are His sons and daughters - He has equipped us to rise up with the weapon of thankfulness - not only for what He has done and for what we have but we get to declare with the vibrations of the sound that comes out of our mouths to speak to Him of how we are thankful for WHO HE IS!!

Wielding the weapon of thankfulness allows us to conquer with praise as His beautiful wooing presence keeps us hidden in the safety of Who He is!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Discernment?

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

1 Corinthians 12


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My heart is so lovingly convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit. I shake my head as I write this, how could this epidemic happen? How did this thinking creep into the church?

The subject I speak of is DISCERNMENT. This subject has been thwarted by the enemy as the 'right' to excuse ourselves from people's lives that we don't have time for or feel threatened by.  I have been guilty of this...does it mean I continue to 'hang out' with them - of course not, but it's an assignment to allow God's compassion to flow through me in my personal prayer time to cheer for them in the spirit.

I am learning so lovingly by the Holy Spirit of God that the TRUE GIFT OF Discernment - IS the gift to discern spirits - not the right to crush the spirit of a human being.

The gift of discernment is not meant to judge people. Instead it's to judge the spirit at work in order TO SAVE LIVES. Yes! Saving lives by identifying what spirit is operating in or over a person. In this is how we see clearly recognize motives so that we command that spirit in the authority of Christ to GO so we see people who were once held hostage are now delivered!

We truly want to see miracles in our nation? Then it has to start with God's compassion flowing through us!! The LOVING GOODNESS OF GOD is what leads us to continual repentance - THE LOVE OF GOD - LOVE OF GOD - LOVE OF GOD IS WHAT LEADS TO ABUNDANT LIFE!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Send Me, I'll Go"

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

 


In honor of the greatest Veteran of all...Jesus Christ and to all the veterans from the past, present and future of our United States of America, this is to honor each of you!

They said, "Send Me, I'll Go"

"To those who bear the colors of RED, WHITE AND BLUE -
You WHO were and are moved by the theme of our BANNER as God is over you....
Those who witnessed their brother's and sister's who died in their youth -
It was not in vain as they went into paradise with the triumph of Calvary's salute.


To bear the brunt of freedom which is NEVER free,
It cost many something, both in soul, word and deed.
Many bear the outward and inward scars of the enemy's fight,
but your scars reveal triumph in the midst of tragedy's plight!

No fury of the enemy with weapons of tyranny and control could hold back a nation of warriors who would dare to run and shout, "O HELL NO!"
Though the bullets flew and the missiles launched -
we will not forget you mighty veterans who stood up and fought.

Today and everyday we say, "Thank you" to a remnant of warriors who shout, "Send me - I'll go"
For there are a people who echo the greatest hero of all, my Jesus who willingly gave up their own freedom so we can live and breathe with abundant life.
We honor you soldiers who have said and say, "Goodbye" to family and friend
to face a foe who has no love for life.

You will not be forgotten as we salute you with thankfulness;
refraining from complaints to overcome for the benefit of fellow man.
To every man and woman and their family's who will go without - we thank each one of you who allowed them to say, "Send me, I'll go" as they reach out.

Reaching past the now to fortify our future so that we may remain under the banner of God and the bleeding colors of THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE!"