Friday, March 20, 2015

"Squirrel!"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell
 
"...But you belong to God, my dear children. You have won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world..."
I John 4
 
God is wowing me at every turn.  My heart has been pricked by the King...

I am still overwhelmed with the last part of God's "Question and Answer" time from yesterday, regarding HIS VAST, ENDLESS LOVE...this is what is still incredibly fresh in my spirit: "Teresa let Me pray through you...The purpose of prayer is so you align yourself with Me and then this is when prayer becomes a weapon of My heavenly exploits as you exploit Me...Be my sign and wonder to those who least deserve it...even while yet sinners, allow the sign and wonder of the Father be revealed..."  
 
It's amazing how God can even utilize our animals to minister to us...how?  Well, this is what the Lord did this morning...He utilized my dog Jack as a beautiful reminder of how I  must look to God for everything. Just as our dog relies on us his master for his everything...so I must do the same.
 
 
Jack lays by me when I sleep, and yet no matter how tired he is, Jack rises up and follows me around.  Even now he lays by my feet...It is as though I can hear the Spirit calling, whispering...
 
"Teresa, this is what I long for so you don't fall into the deceptive traps...when I say, "Let Me lead you...what does My leading look like?  My leading causes you to FOLLOW ME; look up at Me daughter.  Teresa, those moments when Jack no longer focuses on you, what is the cause?  And I knew the answer immediately...the number one focus "stealer" for our dog are those darn squirrels.
 
 
It was as though the Lord was saying with a smile as He was giving me an illustration, "Teresa, let me remind you that the "squirrels" of this life are intended to steal your focus from Me...it's one thing for them to catch your eye but it's another thing for you to allow the "squirrels of this life" to catch your focus and consume you.  As the squirrel is working hard to hide it's "nuts", remember the very thing he hides is the very tool to drive you "nuts".  The squirrels are just used as a tool against you so you forget my great goodness in the midst of this fallen world. Remember moment by moment that I live through you to remind the fallen world that I reign!
 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

You want revival?

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



My heart pounds with a new beat - unknowingly I had a "heart of stone" and it has been replaced so lovingly by the Holy Spirit with a "heart of flesh" - today on March 19, 2015 I got another heart transplant from The Father's heart.

You may be asking, "What happened?"  My only answer is, "Subtle happenings of self that unknowingly ruled my heart instead of God's strategies."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Be" and then we'll properly and joyfully do...

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



Intimacy with the Father by His Spirit Who reveals Jesus Christ causes us to hear the Voice of Freedom calling us out by name, declaring: "religion" is about uniformity and "looking" the part; whereas "relationship" with Me your God is about UNITY in My Spirit Who lovingly sets you apart!

Freedom calls us out by name and declares:
UNITY in CHRIST is NOT about being unified in a common idea, interest, event or cause. Instead, UNITY IN CHRIST is about being UNIFIED IN My HOLY SPIRIT which allows you to be of ONE vision - and that is MY CAUSE!

Freedom calls us out by name and declares: I called you out to BE a "mighty exploit" of My Love, enjoying Me and realizing I Am Empowering Grace through you to become what I need to do through you for others to see Who I Am!

Freedom calls us out by name and declares: BE a doer of The Word allowing the Word to intimately operate through you with demonstrative power; without criticism, frustration or judgement but to reveal the goodness of God that leads mankind to true, no turning back repentance.

Scripture References:
Ephesians 4:3
Daniel 11:32
James 1
Romans 2:4


Friday, March 6, 2015

How Will I Respond?

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

"Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds."
~ Psalm 36:5 ~


I will truly not know how I will respond/react/overreact to situations, circumstances or hateful, cynical, mean-spirited, miserable people. Yet, in the meantime - I long to respond to them, especially those who have messed up with this celebratory measure of mercy and kindness that was and is continually extended to me by the SUPERNATURAL, OVERWHELMING LOVE WHO IS GOD.


GOD WHO IS LOVE doesn't compromise with sin, but doesn't condemn the sinner -
GOD WHO IS LOVE is patient in the midst of impatient people -
GOD WHO IS LOVE  is overflowing with compassion when looking into the eyes of the  hater.

Transparency is what I live by and in that I've made so many mistakes and many INTENTIONAL choices that were straight up sinful. While I am learning at quicker speeds than before - there are others that many of us frustratingly see continuing on with the same lifestyle of insanity (Which used to be me) - yet even in our obedience it still does not make me more powerful or more wonderful - just an honored vessel who is so loved by the King of kings, partnering up with HIM who is TRUTH - and there is more to partner with in HIM moment by moment for the rest of our lives and on into eternity as the Holy Spirit longs to continually equip us with HIS ENDLESS, CAPTIVATING LOVE.

In all of this, I am triumphantly and victoriously reminded of God's unconditional, immeasurable, endless love that is eternally far higher and above my insulting measurements of conditional, limited aspects of what I "think" is love. His love is incredibly and powerfully based on Who He is, while much of my "so called", shallow love has been based on how others tend to make me feel.

Do you hear the mighty waves of God's heart pounding the ocean floor?  It's as though I can hear creation declare, "Now is the time - "for such a time as this", to go where many will not dare venture into and that is diving into the deep reservoirs of God's nature so we will never again find the surface of what was once familiar - but finally drowning in HIM so that others finally run to us for safety not realizing they really run to GOD.  For GOD is their REFUGE AND SAFETY because we have shown them HIS GREAT, VAST, EXTRAORDINARY LOVE!