Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas

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


Merry Christmas from our family to yours...

I pray you experience Christmas in a way that the world could not market; the retail stores could ever slash in prices or the feat of the many lines you weathered this year - I truly pray each of us experience Christmas - MORE of Christ not just this month, but every month, every week, every day and every moment. May the fragrance of His presence lead us out of the miraging deceits of nostalgia and into intimacy with the ONE who calls us son, daughter, friend, and lover...Our God is the Lifter of our heads so we don't just lift our heads but that we lift our heads as our eyes gaze upon the Most Holy One - The Great I Am!

During this season and time of where we see yet again marketing intensified; greed magnified and nostalgia wooing us back to the "good ol' times" or even those moments of shame - I must intentionally "park" the "vehicle" of nostalgia on March 6th, 2003, the day Holy Spirit of GOD revealed by Jesus Christ awoke my spirit and touched me physically. I woke up to SOMEONE'S gentle touch on my left shoulder, but when I woke up, I saw no one there. Yet that was the moment His Spirit led me to an encounter with Him as I felt like I floated to my office from my bedroom and found my purple journal I bought the day before. As I sat on the floor with my back against the futon, I began to write. It was "like" an "out of body" experience. All I could write were praises to GOD. And that was the moment my love affair with Jesus began. That was the moment I knew that the journal could only be filled with words of praise to God and nothing else. That was the moment He taught me (without me knowing) that praise would be the greatest instrument and in turn the greatest weapon. He would teach me and continues to open my eyes in awe of HIM as the praises from my  mouth are like an instrument and in those praises of HIM when I would naturally want to complain, HE would become the perspective changer, the joy deliverer and the ONE Who would make my crooked paths straight and show HIMSELF as REDEEMER.

These are the moments we must realize that if we want to see the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, then the Kingdom of Heaven through my actions and responses to everything and it can ONLY be done by the Spirit of God as we rely on HIM - what a privilege to rely on HIM. 

Again, if I want to see the Kingdom of God on earth, then I get to be the representative of The Kingdom of GOD ON and IN this earth. When others react from a place of offense, we get to be the ones who rely on Holy Spirit to RESPOND TO HIM, revealing HIM as Defender to the very ones it would be easy to accuse. 

Just writing this causes me to want HIM more as the "deep calls to deep"...

This Christmas, may you experience the "mas" or the "more" - and that is experiencing MORE of CHRIST in our every moments.  Not just the 25th of December, or the days leading up to it - but every moment of every day for the rest of our lives - this world is in desperate need of Ambassadors of heaven - they have enough ambassadors of earth - let's make a difference because we've been touched by HIM!

Please share your "MORE of CHRIST" stories of how you remind yourself of Who He is...our true "Christmas" stories as Christ"mas" means MORE of CHRIST...

Practical ways of living this life with wanting more of CHRIST:
- Be thankful to GOD for WHO HE is in your life
- Thank HIM for the ones in your life and what you've been blessed with
Being grateful helps us to focus on WHO and what we have
- Gratefulness leads us to praise HIM
When right in the middle of an impending argument, think about WHO is within you (Holy Spirit)
- Praising Him may not be something you "feel" like doing, but it's like exercise, once you do it then it bubbles out of us
- Praise changes perspective of lack to abundance; defeat to victory
- Realize that you don't fight for victory; you LIVE from VICTORY, WHO IS THE PERSON and HIS NAME IS JESUS.

Scripture References:
Psalm 118:24
Philippians 4:6-8
John 7:38



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