Monday, August 24, 2015

Reflecting...

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

Today I am reminded of a blog entry from  July 9, 2009...you can read it by clicking here...
http://www.triumphantvictoriousreminders.com/2009/07/july-9-2009.html

Friday, August 21, 2015

Trying to "find" yourself?

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


 
If I try to "find" myself - I will only get more lost in self...
If I try to "find" my value in what I do - then when the work is done I will believe the lie that I have no value...
If I try to "find" my worth in who I know or the title I hold - then when our paths part and the title is removed, I will believe the lie that I am worthless.
If I try to "clean" myself up, I will only get tired and more weary and become even dirtier than before.

Yet the beauty of all of this? The burden has been removed to fail at the attempt in doing this ourselves. God has made it quite simple - The One who finds us allows us to find out who He is so that no matter what we do or don't do, or who we know or don't know or the title we hold or lack thereof...identity starts with being a son, a daughter of God and as this understanding falls on us we only hunger and thirst for Him even more. 
 
Meanwhile in the intimate moments with our God in prayer, pondering, praise and worship - it's not just saying a plethora of words, or singing many songs - at times it's about living our daily lives and leaning into HEAR...HEAR the Words of Jesus as we stand in awe by the Holy Spirit's power to hear how He intercedes for us and if we really listen, we can even hear His songs of deliverance as He sings over us.  
 
Remember, you are His Masterpiece not because of what you've done or how great you are - He calls you Masterpiece because He is the "Master" of the broken "pieces" as only through Him we can do the things He planned for us from long ago. In this Masterpiece declaration, He makes us whole and complete, hence Shalom, which means nothing broken and nothing missing! 
 
Scripture references:
Romans 8:34,
"Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us."

Galatians 4:6, 
"And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father."

Psalm 32:7,
"You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah."

Ephesians 2:10,
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us new in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
 
Isaiah 26:3,
"You will keep in perfect [Shalom] peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"