Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
Seething anger, detailed thoughts of how to get revenge and the thoughts of "How dare they?" Has this ever happened to you? Perhaps you are going through this right now and even rightfully so.
Maybe you've even had the worst of the worst take place in your life and you can't see straight. Hurt, grief, and the pain of betrayal has you in a choke hold. You don't even want to get out of bed. This life is not at all what you had hoped for. Your hopes, dreams have all seemingly come crashing down and the "If only" begins to plague your thoughts, mutilate your demeanor and curse your very actions.
Then suddenly a "dare to be blessed" opportunity comes your way. It's a dare that changed my life back in 2005. A friend showed me the scripture and I lashed out at her with expletives and all she did was laugh and say, "One day Teresa, you will see this as the most freeing thing you've ever done..." It was the very dare that Jesus took by going to the Cross of Calvary - HE chose the death of a criminal over what was "rightfully" His and in this fulfillment of the "God Love Dare", He experienced a resurrection return that humanity nor this earth or hell itself ever saw coming! Where am I going with all of this? I'm glad you asked. Let me take you to the moment of Jesus talking to His leaders as recorded in Luke 6, starting in verse 27.
Here it is...it's the Famous Outline of what to do, how to do it as He gives examples of what it looks like - the very act of forgiveness and release allows us to freely live in HIM! Luke 6:27-38
Jesus begins with a profound statement:
"If you're willing to listen..." DANG! It's a dare!
Then, here's the "Bless, Pray and Bless" dare:
Bless, pray and bless those who hurt you, persecute you and spitefully use you.
If you act on the dare it's truly a campaign of "The Revealing of God's Love..."
Example of what this looks like on a practical level, the demonstration of this dare (Luke 6:28-36):
- If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also.
- If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.
- Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.
- Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
The Kingdom Reasoning behind the dare:
If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
Adamant reminder and closing statement to the "dare to be blessed" campaign:
Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly REVEAL YOU ARE CHILDREN of the Most High, for HE is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Drop the mic...let's be willing and see the rewards of the dare. It's easy to get back at people...this is human nature - but it takes warriors to do this dare...and you are HIS warrior - every time we do this, it becomes easier and easier as HIS grace is what gives us the ability to rise above and as soon as we act on the "dare", HIS compassion flows - it's supernaturally unexplainable...it's a miracle and that's what this world needs to see - MIRACLES OF GOD'S WONDER WORKING POWER OF HIS LOVE!
Triumphant Victorious Reminder: God calls us to step over our "rights to get back" and pick up "The promises of GOD", it not only saves our lives, but it saves so many others along the way - we may never see those lives that were saved - but we can be assured that our release will be someone else's ability to receive from GOD!