Thursday, November 19, 2015

But how?

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

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Have you ever been moved to tears? To Laughter? To anger? Have you ever been moved to frustration and then allowed frustration to cause you to vent?  Where does venting usually lead to?  For me it's a seeming myriad of thick, resistant webs...the more I "try" in my own strength; my own will power to not be "moved", it seems the more frustrated and angry I become.

In this subtle drifting of being moved - whether the manifestation of leaning into God's Holy Wind by His Holy Spirit or being moved by self, an ungrateful heart that allows circumstances to cause me to see even more of what I don't have leads me to look up the definition of the word moved in the Webster's 1828 Online Dictionary:
  • moved: stirred; excited; 
  • stirred: agitated; 
  • agitated: tossed from side to side; shaken; moved violently; disturbed
As I read the synonyms to each word, I can see the literal snowball effect. It's the "what happens" when I  don't take every thought captive and bring it under the obedience of Christ - it becomes a seemingly overwhelming avalanche that will bury me alive because of allowing circumstances to "speak" to me instead of responding to the peace of God that is already within me.

"So Lord, how do I practically overcome being moved from the minor mishaps, let alone the devastating news of this temporal life whether it be news of losing a loved one or friend to the seemingly crushing reports that could fracture anyone Who don't know You, and even in all of it, how do I remain focused on You?  I want to Lord, but how?"

How? How? How? How?

Of course from the perspective of God, Who perceives nothing as too difficult or impossible for He knows Who He is - in the moment I asked, "But how?"  It's as though I can see His overwhelming presence of Grace in comparison to the billowing waves of the sea that were meant to crush me, He makes it look like nothing but a kiddie pool - and I envision His grace upholding me with His Jesus, Who is His Victorious Right Hand; Who sets me up on the wave which causes me to ride the waters as though I were a mastered Tamer of the Seas!

In the realm of practicality, there is nothing we do "per se" but it's in this instead...it's more being aware of His presence that is already within us (Upon the acceptance that I believe and receive Jesus Christ as my ONLY Lord and Rescuing Savior), knowing He is the Only One Who is Mighty to Save and there is no one else like HIM! This is where the "how" comes into play.  The "how" is making ourselves aware to His presence by...
  • Thanking Him for Who He is..."God! You are glorious! Even the heavens declare your glory, but I do not want creation to be the only declarer of Who You are - You are Holy! You are Magnificent and Mighty and Lord although I only know a glimpse of what these descriptive words mean -  I'm in awe of You - I'm in awe that in Psalms, many writers declare of your Steadfast Deliverance - even when undeserved - how can I not be in awe of you?"
This will lead us into...
  • Praising Him and declaring that He is the First and the Last - He is the Last Word in everything; what the enemy has meant for evil, praise God that He is in the turnaround business.
This will lead us into...
  • Knowing He is there in the midst of it all.
This will lead us into...
  • Meditating on His mercies that are new every morning and seeing with more clarity than ever that He is EVERYTHING and you have been a witness within moments how He has made every mountainous circumstance into plateauing fields because we have allowed Him with our declaring praises.
This will lead us into knowing with great certainty...
  • How to take every good, bad or indifferent thought and bring it to Him - by saying/declaring, "Lord, I'm aware You are with me, Your steady hand will not make me stumble...for now as I behold Your greatness it leads me to awe which leads me to no longer resist You - but fall into You! Lord, You heard/saw that thought - what do You say about that Lord? 
Then, with the reminders of His triumphant victory - watch the Word come alive in us as we are now moved and led by His Spirit to go to His Living Word that refreshes the soul as the spirit within us is quickened and is awakened to compel us to arise in Who He is - as He is Strength and Mighty to save!

The instructions for seeing God make mountains into plateauing fields is directly from Psalm 100:
"Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!  
Worship the Lord with gladness.
 Come before him, singing with joy.  
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
 He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name. 
 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever,
 and his faithfulness continues to each generation."

Here's a great music video by Johnny Swim titled, "Diamonds"...I love listening to this song, especially in those moments the mountains seem incredibly big: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7o9yG1mWcE



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What?

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


Leaning into the heart of God as though I can hear the billowing waves of His mercy and realized...

God did not send Jesus in vain to die for the Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, American, European, African, Australian, Asian, good, bad, giver, taker, rapist, homosexual, heterosexual, murderer, molestor, nurturer, philanthropist, influencer or any other religion, nation or creed; He died for each and every person within these groups as He knew each of us as an individual calling us by our name before we were ever formed in our mother's womb - He never meant for us to take on the false identity of any one of the groups mentioned.

Today I am reminded that Jesus didn't die and then conquer death, hell and the grave so that we'd take on the identity or citizenship of another - but that we would take on His identity - as a son/daughter of the King of all kings so that we would become citizens of heaven, representing the One and Only King of heaven Who wants to impart into the earth from heaven.

The triumphant, victorious reminder is that He doesn't group us into a cluster of people but sees us as an individual Who need Him - then we must see others with ONLY HIS VISION and say, "God! You know him/her by name - open their ears so they can hear You, sensitize their feelers so they can sense your wooing and open up their senses so they can hear, smell, see, and feel the declarations of Your Mighty Name - as you call each of us by name...you don't call us by who we "think" we are - but Who You say we are!

In all that we are experiencing in our world - this is not to negate what we must do here on earth to protect that which has been entrusted to us to defend the defenseless and much more - but may we walk in God's wisdom every step of the way, not moved by good or bad emotions, opinions or more - but moved by His leading, by His Spirit - oh how we need You Lord!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A powerful weapon...

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

"What does the Lord require? To love mercy, to do justly and to walk humbly before our God."
~ Micah 6:8 ~

Photo credit: Mary Kay McCall


When we walk in awe of God; we become humbled by His incredibly, infinite majesty that we supernaturally realize there's nothing too difficult for Him. Whether the situation be lofty or a difficult circumstance that seems impossible to walk through or perhaps a relationship in which we are constantly finding ourselves offended...when we walk humbly before God, I am reminded that pride is silenced. In this knowing, humility manifests so we can do what the Lord has equipped us to do what He requires; to do justly because we are in awe and moved to love The Merciful One Who abounds in infinite mercy.

So here's a great weapon I am learning  in Christ...it is called "humility". Those Who are in Christ Jesus already have humility from within, however humility manifests when we behold His beauty and holiness! Meanwhile, the triumphant, victorious reminder of what I heard The Holy Spirit speak into my spirit a few months ago as He knows this saved my life - it was something I will remember all the days of my life  as pride was seducing me to forsake God's promises and pick up my measly rights...it  is when I heard the gentle whisper, "Remember Teresa, HUMILITY humiliates the enemy!"