Thursday, April 28, 2011

NOTHING Can Block God's Word and Promises!

So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
They rolled a huge stone in front of the tomb where they had buried Jesus. Then officials sealed the tomb, and placed guards there, preventing anyone from stealing Jesus' body. [Matthew 27:66]

What could separate us from the
resurrecting power of God? 

Before Jesus was ever arrested at Gethsemane and later taken to be crucified, He told His disciples about the course of actions that were to come about and His fate:

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. ~Matthew 16:21

I guess you could say that Jesus made a promise to His disciples on that day:  A promise that His death was imminent, alongside the greater and more hopeful promise that HE WOULD BE RESURRECTED and LIVE FOREVER!

And you know what?..Just as Jesus had predicted, there came the solemn time when He was crucified and died on the cross.  Now to all those spectating, with the inclusion of His family and close followers of disciples, I am sure this moment in time surely signified finality and defeat.  The Christ had been killed...He was dead...and all that would be left of Him would be buried and shut away for eternity in a tomb...IT WAS OVER!

BUT, there was still a promise...
The Lord had promised to rise again on the third day.  And although the people and those who loved Him and believed in the message He had preached while on earth, may have forgotten that part of His promise, or possibly even doubted it, the enemy had not...and purposed to pull out every "card in his deck" to block the manifestation of this promise:

"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. ~Matthew 27: 63-64

So they went and made the tomb secure by putting
a seal on the stone and posting a guard.
~Matthew 27:66

But you see, when God makes a promise, because He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), then neither death, nor a tombstone, nor a seal, nor any guards, nor ANYTHING that may appear secured and final can block or stop that in which he has declared and purposed to come about!

After the Sabbath...on the first day of the week...
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it...
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
~Matthew 28:1-2, & 4


"JUST AS HE SAID" (Matthew 28:6), He arose on that third day,
despite what was set up against Him!

So, I ask you...
What promise are you standing on from His Word?
What has God personally promised you?
Does your situation look dismal and bleak?
Does finality seem imminent?
Does it appear that the doors have been shut and sealed on your dreams and hopes?

We serve a God who is omnipotent and has resurrection power!  Nothing is shut and  final until He declares it so!  And if He has promised you, He will (surely) do it
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)!

Though we may lose hope and doubt may creep in at times, Thank the Lord that if we are faithless, He will remain faithful because, He cannot disown himself (2 Timothy 2:13).  And as Paul was convinced, we can put our hope in the fact that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Have faith and hold tight... if neither death and nor the grave could contain Him, neither can the circumstances that seem to be blocking your promise & mine!

Be greatly blessed!

Mad Luv~Teri

Monday, April 25, 2011

The King Mentality

..."Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen... 
[Matthew 28:5, 6]

King is defined by Wikipedia as : the male ruler of an independent state, esp. one who inherits the position by right of birth.

Royalty is defined by Wikipedia as: people of royal blood or status.

In light of Easter weekend, and Resurrection Day, I would like to take the opportunity to really delve into what Jesus truly did for us. When we think of the term "fit for a King", we always think of the best of the very best. By the same token, when we consider the "royal treatment" or someone who is "royalty", we're in awe of what this represents.

Now ponder this fact : no matter where you were born, no matter who you were born to, no matter what has happened in your past, those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour are royalty.......we have rights to the kingdom of God through Christ.

Because Jesus died for us, was buried and rose again, it not only means that those of us who are saved have eternal life and can be forgiven of all of our sins, but it also means FULL ACCESS to God, our King, and His Kingdom. We simply need to realize this, and act accordingly. Just like a prince or princess who has been born into royalty and groomed to think and act a certain way, we must adapt our mindset to that of royalty and in expectation of our inheritance!

A King's Inheritance

by Ellen Bailey

We all have an inheritance from a King

We are children of God, that's what I mean

If we let Jesus wash all of our sins away

We will own a Heavenly mansion one bright day

We all have an inheritance from a King

And unto us will be given many things

There will be no poor; no one will do without

Jesus will provide and on that you can count

We all have an inheritance from a King

And we can all go to that Heavenly scene

Jesus will place many jewels in our crowns

And we'll be as rich as anyone around

In essence, let's thank God for his sacrificial lamb today and learn more in God's word about our rights and authority through Jesus Christ. No matter what we are going through today, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus, let's develop a King mentality........we are royalty!

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life more abundantly." [John 10:10] is short ~ Sheree

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Singing in the Darkness...

Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs. ~ Psalm 66:4

All creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal who his children are.
~Romans 8:10   

...Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. 
~ Psalm 30:5

For whatever unsubstantiated reason, over the past 4-5 days I have been suffering from a case of insomnia.  Seems like each night around 3 or 4 a.m., I have awakened from my restful sleep; too awake to roll over and fall back to sleep, yet still too tired to lift a limb and wisely utilize that random hour or more that I am lying there.

Last night, I found myself in the same predicament...yet I was not sleeping in my normal environment.  While resting in a familiar guest room of a close relative, my new-found insomnia wasn't filled with the background music from a low-volume television, nor the with the eerie silence of a room with no t.v. in it.  Instead, I was entertained by a loud, yet serenely, peaceful melody of the birds hidden in the shadows of darkness, from outside of this guest room window.

These birds were singing...they were singing loud...and it was not yet morning...
it was still night...

And it was at that very moment, that our Creator allowed my spirit to connect with nature, His creation, and ponder this thought:

Though it was not yet morning, and the sun had yet to rise, the birds still sang in the darkness, in eager expectation of what they knew was soon to come...

They did not wait to see the light of the sun, they did not tarry to be sure that night would surely come to its end...they sang anyway, they anticipated what was to come...

Then God spoke to my spirit and revealed to me a parallel: one that connected the actions and spirit of those birds to that of our own lives and faith.  As the birds sing in the darkness awaiting the light of day, we should also sing and praise Him in the darkness of our lives, in eager expectation of the joy and hope that He will surely bring about in our "mornings".  He wants us to anticipate that our nights will not endure forever and that He will restore us and bring us a new season of joy and blessings.  He desires for us to sing, NOW, eagerly waiting for what is most definitely TO COME.

The God that we serve, the One who loves us unconditionally, the One who is our creator, the One who gave His one and only son over to a cruel death on that "Good Friday", is the same One whose resurrection power caused our Saviour to rise from the dead on that Sunday morning!  He possesses resurrection power!  He is capable and willing to resurrect light from a night of darkness!  And He is do this for me and for you!

So, let's remember to sing in the dark...
sing in anticipation and expectation of a season of brighter mornings!


Happy Easter!
Mad Luv~Teri

Friday, April 22, 2011

This is the Day that the Lord Has Made & His Grace is Sufficient!

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 
~2 Corinthians 12: 9

O, God, give me grace for this day,
Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, nor for tomorrow, just for this day.
Direct my thoughts and bless them.
Direct my work and bless it
Direct the things I say, and give them blessing too.
Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do.
So for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence.
O, God, for this day, just this one day, let me live generously, kindly, in state of grace and goodness that denies my many imperfections and make me more like you.
~By Majorie Holmes

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 
~Matthew 6:34

Happy Good Friday to You!

Mad Luv~Teri

Thursday, April 21, 2011

But...Joy Comes in th Morning!

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
[Psalm 30:5]

How many nights have you cried so much about a heavy burden, a "wide-open" infected soul wound, the stressors of your day, the monstrous challenges of your tomorrow...feeling as though you have come to the end of your rope, enough has been more than enough, and you can NO LONGER bare tomorrow...  Your eyes are beyond puffy, your tears have soaked your pillow and ran down to your ears, or your make-shift Kleenex, your shirt, is decorated in streaks of black and whatever other shade or hue that enhanced the beauty of your eyes that day...Have you been there? 

I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands
and my soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.  
[Psalm 77:1-3]

I am sure that I am not alone in the fact that "I've been there."  The good news is that just as sure as there is a night, there must also be a day; and just as sure as there is a winter season in our year, we will also see a spring, summer, and fall come to pass!

Because we live in a fallen world, unfortunately there will be no complete escape for us from hurt and times of trouble.  There will be nights that seem as though they last forever, and our tears will flow without ceasing.  And honestly, there will be "night"/winter seasons in our lives that will feel alone and cold.  But I promise you, with the grander, perfectly credible, and non-fallible word and promise from our loving heavenly Father,

"weeping may endure for a day, but joy comes in the morning"
~Psalm 30:5

Dear Heart, because we have a Father and Lord that is seated on a throne, high and exalted (Isaiah 6:1), we have HOPE and the ASSURANCE that our nights will turn to brighter and more joyful days, and the dark  seasons of our lives with turn into Springs, providing new life and restoration to that which has been desolate and almost dead for us. 

The key is, our FAITH and TRUST in a Father who can NEVER truly disappoint us and will always come through on His promises to us.  We must let go, surrender our trust to Him, and rest, awaiting the new sunrise of the morning.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. ~Psalm 143:8

Try something NEW tonight, TRUST Him!  You can read this and think, "Sounds nice, Teri, but it just won't work for me."  I told you that I have BEEN THERE, and I HAVE...but the key to my joy, the key to seeing my mornings arise,  was the surrender of trust and faith in God.

So try something uncomfortable...try something new to your soul...try this, because what the heck else are you doing that's working so well for you???

Rest well in Him tonight, dear friend, and let your


I could not see for the tears
Flowing down my face
As I thought of His unfailing love
What amazing grace.
I wept for Him but a moment
And then my tears were dry
For joy came in the morning
When my Saviour heard my cry.

Joy came in the morning
When the Saviour heard my cry
Weeping endureth but for a moment
Now I live with Him inside.
I'll tell the world this is not secret
But let this truth be known
Joy comes in the morning
With Jesus on the throne.

I've found true satisfaction
He's everything I need
He is my Bread, my Water
My Living Head indeed
The paths of sin are weary
Now step into the Light
Trust in this sinners' Saviour
Find in Him new life.

Copyright Gary James Smith

Mad Luv~Teri

Monday, April 18, 2011

The "Unlikely" Weapons of Battle

"We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, that have divine power to demolish strongholds" [2 Corinthians: 10:4] 

On a daily basis, each one of us will have the opportunity to face conflict in some shape or form.  Whether it is a situational conflict, a conflict with a family member, close friend, or co-worker, or even a random person we encounter while we are "out and about", we will come face-to-face with disagreement, strife, a collision of feelings, or incompatibility.  We will experience situations when others will be just plain-old evil to us, hurt us, talk about us, and betray us.  And how will we fight back?

For most of us, when we face a conflict or have been hurt by others, we resort to our "worldly" weapons of war to fight back:
~curse/cuss someone out
~physically strike someone (the nice way of saying "fight" them)
~seek revenge by doing unto them what they did unto us, or worse
~ignore the person
~lose our tempers
~become dejected and depressed
~build up resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness

But our Lord and His Word tells us that the weapons that we should be utilizing each day to combat these conflicts and battles, SHOULD NOT be these type of worldly weapons.  Instead, we should be picking-up and wielding the mighty weapons of God; the ones that have the divine and utmost power to demolish strongholds and any and everything that may come at us (2 Corinthians 10:4).  

Quite often you and I actually forget that most of these battles that we are encountering are not truly conflicts and betrayal by the physical person(s) that we are "seeing" before us.  The Bible reminds us that "we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).  And it is for THIS REASON, they must need to stop resorting to earthly and worldly weapons of battle, when our REAL battle is in the spiritual realm: God's weapons are in order now!

We need to utilize the correct and appropriate tools for the appropriate situations.  If you are called to be the Chef for the evening in your house, would you take out a comb, brush, hair gel, and a blown dryer?  No!  You'd have a cutting board, a chef's knife, a whisk, a bowl, etc...  If you are a doctor, do you carry a wrench, a hammer, and a level around your waist, or would you most likely tote a stethoscope, otoscope, and tongue depressor?

My point is this...if we want to win our battles, if we want to experience a true and lasting victory, we need to bring our "A-game" and carry the MOST USEFUL and APPROPRIATE tools of battle for the type of battle we are truly fighting.

So, what are God's MIGHTY (and to some of us, "unlikely") weapons of warfare?:
  • LOVE

I know...for some of us, these weapons seem "weak" and maybe difficult to stomach at first.  The last thing that your flesh may desire to do after being incensed or hurt is to show love to that someone, and forget about the forgiving part!  But it is God's will, way, and plan for us, so that we may experience sincere victory and peace in our lives.  In the end, wielding love, forgiveness, prayer, praise, faith, and His word, will keep us more healthy and "free and clear" from soul contamination and the unnecessary baggage that resentment, revenge, bitterness, unforgiveness, unresolved anger could actually bring upon us.  

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. ~Romans 12:18

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. ~Romans 12:19

Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. ~Proverbs 20:22

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. ~John 13:34

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:32

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. ~Luke 6:28

I DARE YOU to battle HIS love to that fool that insulted you, forgive that man that betrayed you, pray for that chick that continues to slander you, praise God for all that IS going right in your life, have faith that He will correct all the wrong that you have suffered, focus and meditate on His Word when faced with conflict, remembering His love and His will for your life, & love, love, love some more! 

Mad Luv~Teri

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Push & Pray...

...but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ. ~Philippians 3:13-14

She's earnestly prayed for the opportunity to be a mother.  She's longed to pour her love (the love provided by her Heavenly Father) into another being, one part of her flesh and DNA...she's longed to raise it up according to God's will and ways.

She has determined to get her body into better shape.  She's reduced her caffeine and has increase her folic acid intake.  She's purchased prenatal pills from Target and is getting her body prepared.  Still praying...still hoping...still expecting...still PREPARING...

Another month, another try, she waits the minutes to read her fate. The 3 minutes pass by and she reads the white stick.  TWO PINK LINES!! Her Lord HAS HEARD and has given her THE PROMISE of her continual prayers.

But things hardly stop here for her; her journey is truly just beginning...
She continues to take care of her body,
She continues to be wise with the foods that she eats,
She goes to see the doctor often,
She continues to take her pills...

She's SICK...She's GETTING FATTER...Her back ACHES...Her feet SWELL...Smells NAUSEATE her...

BUT She STILL has THE PROMISE!  A PROMISE she cannot visually see yet within her belly, but she continues to PREPARE, continues to PUSH through all the discomfort that comes with the journey to her promise, and continues to PRAY!

The day has FINALLY ARRIVED: THE DAY that HER PROMISE to be FULFILLED!  However, before she can receive it, before she can embrace it, the GREATEST PUSH of her journey is required.    

She can't stop now...she can't turn back...she can't give up...

SHE MUST PUSH & PRAY...breathe...PUSH & PRAY...breathe...PUSH & PRAY!

And before she knows it, after her long journey, HER PROMISED IS FINALLY BIRTHED!

Maybe you have been praying for a dream to come to pass, longing for a change in your life, hoping to rebuild a broken relationship.  Yes, the prayer of a righteous woman is powerful and effective (James 5:6), and it is important that we pray without ceasing on the matters of our hearts (1 Thessalonians 5:17) the meantime, it is important for us to "push forward" and "press on toward the goal" as we wait in expectation for God to hear our prayer and give us His promise.  If you're praying for a baby, what are you doing to get ready to conceive that baby?  If you are praying for marriage restoration, what are you doing in the meantime to show God's agape love to your spouse?  As much as it depends on you, what are you doing to be a peace with your spouse (Romans 12:18), right now? What preparations and forward steps are you taking towards the birth of your prayer's promise???

Once you receive that word from God, and have received your PROMISE, then what?  Just sit and wait for it?  NO!  You've got to continue on to PUSH and PRAY, reach forward and press on until that non-visible, unseen PROMISE becomes more clear, more visible, and you are finally close enough to it that you can to take a hold of it and embrace it.

Since faith without deeds is dead (James 2:26), and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), when we DO receive the PROMISE from God for the prayer we have prayed, it is then imperative for us to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, remembering that He who promised us is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).  Just as Abraham did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, being full persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised (Romans 4:20-21), so must we!  God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19), and we must stand in faith, perform the deed of STEPPING OUT, and continue pushing and praying, knowing that our PROMISE will be FULFILLED by Him (if we faint NOT, of course)!  

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."  Just as the pregnant woman does not get to truly see and enjoy her promise, until nine long, arduous months later, we must continue to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), until our promise comes to fruition and is birthed, as well.  In the meantime, we need to PREPARE for the coming of the promise, PUSH through, and continually PRAY. "As you begin to prepare you send notice for opportunity to show up!" ~Paula White

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize." ~1 Corinthians 9:24

Mad Luv~Teri

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Faith and Reason-Which Should Prevail?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. [Hebrews 11:1]

Reason is defined by Wikipidia as: to think, understand and form judgement by a process of logic.

One of the most challenging things to do in our Christian walk is to have faith in our situations that God has everything under control. Anyone who is a logical thinker knows that having faith is the exact opposite of using reason to form our opinion on what will take place or happen in our lives. We pray for God's will in a situation because we know deep down in our hearts that He knows what's best for us, however, the toughest part is to trust in God's promise or answer to our prayer. Even when we don't see things coming to fruition, we need to remember that God is faithful because the word says "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful." [Hebrews 10:23] We also need to realize that "without faith it is impossible to please God.." [Hebrews 11:6].

Here is an excerpt from a devotional out of my Women's devotional bible that I actually posted on my refrigerator as a reminder of having to change my mindset in order to trust God. I hope it blesses you as well.

Faith and Reason have been compared to two travelers. Think of Faith as a woman who can walk 20 or 30 miles at a time without flagging, while Reason is a child who can only muster the strength to go two or three miles. One day Reason said to Faith, "Oh, Faith let me walk with you." But Faith replied, "Oh, Reason, you can never walk with me!" Nevertheless, they set out together. When they came to a deep river, Reason said "I can never ford this", but Faith waded through it, singing. When they reached a high mountain, Reason despaired, but Faith carried Reason on her back.

Oh how dependent upon Faith is Reason!

In order to develop the tenacious faith that we need to persevere in these times we need to proactively pick up our bibles to read the many amazing instances of God fulfilling His promises in the most extreme circumstances. Knowing that God is not a respecter of persons lets us be assured that He would not do for Abraham, Noah, or the Israelites what He would not do for us today. I recommend for anyone who is looking to deepen their faith in God continue to pray and meditate on the entire chapter of Hebrews 12. It won't happen overnight, but as you learn more and more about the faithful, awesome God that we serve, you will begin to see that you can trust Him with more and more. As He shows you and comes through in one area, you can release another area of your life to Him, and watch God work! Finally, instead of focusing on what's visible and in our logical minds as possible, we learn that "Nothing is impossible with God". [Luke 1:37] is short...Sheree

Friday, April 15, 2011

He is Doing a New Thing!

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
~Isaiah 43:19 

Important Notice:  Readers, I would like to send out my apologies for WoBM not having an inspirational post for you for the past few days.  Making a long story short, God has finally called me out of my "Ur" and is sending me to a place (in my life) that He will show me.  Because I have now been given these new instructions by God, over the next week (to two weeks) I will be pulled many different directions.  Currently our blog only consists of only two authors. I am making an effort to employ the support of other trusted Christian sisters during this time, so that we will not leaving you "hanging" without the good Word, for too many days in a row!  Please be patient during our transition.  Thank you!

Poem by Malta O'Gorman 

It's spring, it's spring, it's spring at last
Another severe cold winter has past.
Time to wake up and enjoy the blooms,
Look around as now new life looms.

The sun shining brightly up in the sky
Melting snows on mountains high.
Time to put away mittens and coats
Just needing light jackets at most.

Birds return chirping in the morn
As butterflies flutter in the dawn.
Bumble-bees are busy buzzing
Sharing the early blossom's pollen.

Thunder roars off in the distance
Sounding at times loud and boisterous
Yet Gentle spring rains fall to nourish
As new life around us begins to flourish.

Spring is a time of new beginnings
And fresh new fragrances are winding.
Bright glorious colors come into view
As heaven sends blossoms a new.

Enjoy the refreshing time of the year
As God renews his love so clear
In new life growth all around beaming
As God continues to send his blessings.
~Malta MAR 2007~

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”                                  
                                                    [Revelations 21:5]

It's Spring, Everyone...get that revelation!

Mad Luv~Teri