Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's not a bother until...

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

I am reminded today to remember it is not a bother to ask people for help, because personally many I know want to. What to really remember though is that the only time it's a "bother" is when we reach out and people can't help and we get offended and hurt. It becomes an unnecessary bother or splinter to our peace of mind and it just needs to stop, do you agree?

Here's what it may look like at times...perhaps we get offended and then suddenly we become haughty and prideful when we chose to help while others didn't. Or how about those moments when others helped when those you originally asked didn't and there were the intentional or subtle "rubs" directed at the ones who didn't help...but guess what we end up falling into? It's called the trap of manipulation and we even end up robbing those of who did help.

Today's reminder is to simply be grateful to GOD. Be grateful to GOD for those who did help and leave it at that and just keep on living. It's a reminder of what my friend says, "Give people a graceful way out..." - we cannot let the accuser whisper in our ears and accuse others of why they didn't help or saying, "Well you know who your true friends are when..." We have got to stop the madness.

Let's just say those who didn't help and what we're hearing in our heads of why they didn't is true, guess what? It's an opportunity to pray for them and especially pray to GOD for the ones who are to help and that we would also be ready to help others when it's our assignment to do so - and not take on those things that GOD never intended us to.

Just think, if our feelings still awaken our flesh or ego to be set up to get hurt yet again, then that means we haven't taken up our cross and truly followed Jesus. This is not a condemning reminder, it's a beautiful reminder so we don't fall into the trap of deceit. If the flesh is awakened - then we get to rejoice that we are finally realizing it's our flesh that needs to die. Think about it...this is not really about other people - if my actions are reacting off of someone else's actions, then I am allowing others to dictate how I live...and that is not why CHRIST JESUS ever gave HIS life for us to live that way - it was to overcome that kind of existence and live with abundant life as arrows that point to the Father God!

If we aren't careful - in those moments others are not willing or not able to help, what usually happens is we carelessly place the false sense of responsibility on others, get offended and needlessly burn bridges that we may need one day in the future. False expectations of people needs to stop - GOD Himself is waiting for us to seek and ask HIM as JESUS is THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE and we can't go to the FATHER without HIM.  The greatest realization of all is that GOD HIMSELF is ALWAYS willing, ready and able to help and HE also readies the hearts of those HE had intended for HIS particular assignment.

Today I deeply think, "What if I didn't ask GOD Who to ask and I ask someone who I think should or just know they're reliable - what if that person I asked was not supposed to take the assignment and we were used by the enemy to tempt them away from their destiny?" Deep thought yes - but it's a call to action to be mindful of GOD who is mindful of others - and let us be grateful and live a life of joy and enjoy people...this is the greatest way we can praise our GOD is living that way.

Think about this, we only get at the max 120 years on this earth - not one moment of those years is worth being wasted on needless offenses. Live life to the fullest for GOD's glory...just live this life because we can! If you and I are able to, then let's live and honor those who don't have the freedom to do so.

Remember it is our choice - no matter our past experiences, other peoples or anything else - we are the only ones who can choose how we live this life - let's choose the life of a "Triumphant Victorious" son and daughter of THE MOST HIGH GOD!

Scripture References:
Proverbs 16:18
Matthew 16:24-26
John 14:6
Philippians 4:5-15
Genesis 6:3

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Let's Talk" with Teresa

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

Isn't it incredible to realize how time seems to fly right through us?

Looking back on past blog entries, I am so glad I jotted this one down...simply click here to read all the way back to November 2009, almost 7 years ago...and then come back to check out my new YouTube channel - thank you for subscribing and sharing as I give you my word, my channel will improve every upload...thank you bearing with me in the journey!

As every upload improves and I now have my set somewhat complete; there will be a video uploaded at least once a week. Some will be funny, random posts and others will be things I share from my heart and The Word of God; my daughter and friends will also be involved as well.

Don't let your dreams die by giving up...keep pressing into The Father, Who is the Author of your faith - He will complete what He started because He knows all about the power of finishing well...Jesus said it best on the Cross of Calvary, "It is Finished", so let's make sure we allow Him to finish the great work He has started as He intentionally with great purpose created YOU for this very moment!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Testing 1-2-3...

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

Have you ever tested your smoke alarm to see if it works? That test is to make sure just in the case the actual time comes  it will be in working order.

Thoughts this morning as I think of myself as an instrument of praise and faith. Well this instrument has malfunctioned a few times more than I had hoped. But instead of feeling defeated, I felt this joy arise - this joy in which the "test" of that moment exposed a weakness which alerted me to run to the Father whose strength is made perfect in my weakness.

Think about it...Faith is powerfully exposed in the midst of trials. When faith isn't exposed then we know that the  "diagnostic test" revealed we were operating in fear. When operating in fear we manipulate, attempt to control situations and even people. Yet I am beginning, yes I said beginning - beginning to learn that the trials and tests that come are only to make sure our faith is in The Faithful One and not ourselves or anyone else.

We are being perfected daily into the likeness of Christ as we continually go to the Word of God and allow Holy Spirit to instruct, guide and direct us on this adventure called life.