I Wonder

Teresa Poucher

  While at Walmart the other day, I passed a young mother in the baby formula section.  I felt terrible for her.  I could tell by the look on her face, they did not have what her baby needed.  I wonder how many stores she had already been to.  Where is the wheat bread?  

 

Many things cause me to wonder: Why are we paying record-high prices on gas and just how high will it get? And, what has to happen before we draw nigh to God?

 

  It’s hard to imagine that even God wonders. So, what does God wonder about?

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…” (Isaiah 58:16)

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

 

  God is still looking for someone to stand and intercede on behalf of His people.  I don’t want to get so caught up in the happenings of our world that I forget the purpose of our calling: reaching, praying, and ministering to the needs around us. 

 

“…Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

Mission Impossible

  I remember watching mission impossible when I was a child.  Do you recall the intro to the show? Wasn’t it catchy? 

 

The special agent was given a tape recording of the mission and an opportunity to accept the assignment.  It was always dangerous and improbable.  However, they had great resources if they accepted the mission.  Then the tape would self-destruct. https://youtu.be/4y9NtHlJvbY

 

  Today, many missions are before us.  The impossible becomes possible when we have a burden. You will pray differently if someone’s fatal diagnosis becomes your soul’s burden. 

When it’s your child or loved one, your prayer becomes desperate.  You don’t care where you are, who will hear, or what they will think.  You will cry, scream, and fall to your knees or your face and cry out for healing.  You will lose sleep to pray and lose weight to fasting.  

 

Thank you, Jesus! “…all is well” (2 Kings 4:26), as He said. He answers your prayer. Why? So you can believe the same for someone else that hasn’t learned our God specializes in what we think is impossible. So He can get all the glory. So someone else can believe, pray and praise Him.

  

Will you accept the mission?  Or will your mission self-destruct?

 

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:1-3)

A Door of Hope

Teresa Poucher

 Who couldn’t use a door of hope right now?  We have hopes things will get better.  Spiritually, we know God will pour out of His Spirit in the last days.  The former and the latter rain together.  

What has to happen first?  If we would read Hosea chapter 2, it will give us a good idea.

 

“…and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord.”(Hosea 2:13) God had been good to Israel and blessed her, yet she played the harlot.

 

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. (Hosea 2:14-15)

 

  The valley of Achor was where Achan was stoned, along with his wife, children, and animals.  Why? Because when Israel went to conquer Jericho, Achan disobeyed God.  He took some silver, gold, and a Babylonian garment.  This is why the valley is called Achor, the valley of trouble.

 

  Do you mean God is sending me trouble for help? 

Unfortunately, we tend to get slack when things go well.  We forget where our blessings came from.  Have you had a song of praise in your heart lately, like you did when you came out of Egypt (bondage)?

 

“It shall come about in that day,” says the Lord,
“That you will call Me Ishi (my husband)
And will no longer call Me Baali (my Baal).
(Hosea 2:16 AMP)

 

And I will sow her unto me in the earth, and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” (Hosea 2:23)

 

So if you feel trouble on every side, take heed. God is trying to draw you closer to him. He is giving us a space to repent and return to our first love.

False Alarm

Teresa Poucher

 Some 38 years ago, my husband and I and our children went to the DMV in Baton Rouge. My boys had to be around 2 and 4 years old.  I don’t know if they had computers then, so the lines were slow-moving and crazy long.  My husband got in line while I corralled my children in the lobby.  While I was managing them,the oldest pulled the fire alarm.  Oh my!  I thought there would be a great exodus with at least 75 people that I could see, but not a soul moved.  When I looked inside, no one was even looking around.  I was surprised, but thankful no one had lost their place.  Does one have to see flames or smell smoke to respond to a fire alarm?

 

   Today we have alarms, earthquakes, wars, pestilence, food shortages, illegal immigrants by the millions, the economy off the chart, and all-time high gas.  One can see the one-world currency in the making.  Good is being called evil and evil good.  

 

  This is one alarm we don’t want to ignore.  We must not be deceived. The sad thing about deception is that many don’t even know when they are being deceived.  

 

  I know our righteousness is as filthy rags, but that doesn’t mean we can live any way we desire.  

 

Where is genuine repentance? Not just saying, “I’m sorry,” but turning oneself around? Yes, we all fall short, but are we striving to enter in? We must have an intimate relationship with Jesus if we will be His bride. I want to draw closer. I want to hear his voice. I surely want to hear the alarm.

 

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

Stand in a gap — it’s time to intercede. This is not an alarm you want to ignore.

What are you Talking About?

Teresa Poucher

Amazing how fast we can slip into our old ways. Genesis 8: Noah and his family make it out of the ark. He builds an altar and sacrifices to God. Chapter 9: God blesses them and gives man a covenant, signified by the rainbow. Noah gets drunk,and Ham looks upon him. Chapter 10 speaks of the descendants of Shem, Ham,and Japheth.

 

  Boom! In the 11th chapter, things go down the tubes.  We are talking about building the Tower of Babel that will reach into the heavens so they wouldn’t flood.  At that time, the earth was of one language and unified.

 

Oh, the power of unity. Unfortunately, it can work for good or evil. And the Lord said, “Behold, the people are one and they have all one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be withheld from them which they have imagined doing. (Genesis 11:6)

 

  God had an easy fix — just confound their language.  It worked; they separated and spread forth as God intended.  The building stopped.  Where is all the power and unity now? It seems we still have a difficult time communicating today.  Many disagreements are just miscommunication.  

 

  If we want that power and unity back, we need to speak the same language.  Not English or Spanish per se but God’s language, His Word!  When you were born again of the water and the spirit, you spoke with a new tongue or new language you did not learn.  

 

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…” (Mark 16:16-17)

 

  I’m afraid we don’t speak God’s Word enough or pray in that heavenly language as frequently as we should.  Have we lost our unity, power, and tongue like our ancient ancestors? 

So, what are you talking about?

More Than You Bargained For

Teresa Poucher

 

 

  Don’t you love it when you get more than you bargained for?  It seems we are often looking to buy something, and it ends up costing more.  You buy a car — you mean it doesn’t have floor mats?  I like it when they fill it up with gas and give you free oil changes.  Maybe you went on a cruise, and they upgraded your room – sweet.

 

When we go to Acts 3:2, “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple…”

 

He was expecting something alright. He was looking for money, perhaps some food. Well, Peter and John didn’t have any silver or gold, but they had a relationship with Jesus. They knew Him as a healer, savior, and friend. They knew a name above every name. “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:6-8)

 

Here, this man was outside the temple, asking of those who were going in. We know one couldn’t do priestly service in the temple if he were lame or blind. However, we read in Matthew 21:14, “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.

 

  Why wasn’t he in the temple?  Didn’t have an offering? Or maybe he thought his clothes weren’t good enough. Come on, what kind of excuses do we hear today?  “I don’t have time,” “I have to work,” or “They are hypocrites; they just want my money.”

 

  The lame man had time; he couldn’t work, and he didn’t have money.  As far as hypocrites are concerned, Jesus’ handpicked his disciples — one betrayed him; another denied him.  

 

  The lame man went near expecting to receive, and he did.  He got more than what he bargained for.  What will happen if we go to give an offering with praise, worship, and singing. Shouldn’t we also expect to receive?  Yes, let’s go. Give and receive more than what we bargained for. 

 

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Ephesians 3:20)

What’ Your Verdict?

Teresa Poucher

  “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us.”  Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

  I had a dear friend whose mom used to quote this to her quite often.  My friend very rarely said anything negative about people.  She had been hurt and done wrong many times, even by those she loved. However, she was the most tender-hearted forgiving person I’ve ever known.  She seemed to love everybody and have something good to say about everyone.

 

  Then I have known some people whowere fault finders. ‘Seems like they couldfind a fault in anyone.  In looking for faults in others, we lose sight of the good around us.  It serves to blind us to our wrongdoing. It’s a vicious cycle destroying people, relationships, and our well-being; physically, mentally, and spiritually.  

 

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)

 

  You may feel good about yourself for a moment, but you will become unhappy afterward.  Keep it up, and you’ll become bitter, like an autoimmune disease attacking its own body.  

 

  If I ask God to show me the errors of my ways, I don’t see nearly as many faults in others.  If I do, I am less likely to bring attention to them.  

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23-24)

 

At Jesus’ trial, the High Priest asked, “What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.” (Matthew 26:66)

 

After questioning Jesus, Pilate declared, “I find no fault in him,” yet the crowd still called for his crucifixion. (John 19:4)

                         

I find no fault in Him either, and I’m not looking for it elsewhere.

Are You in the House or the Field?

Teresa Poucher

We moved to Livingston parish in 2004. We built a new house, and I wanted to plant some saplings. I got the shovel out to start digging and jumped on that shovel for about 5 minutes but didn’t move more than a half-inch of dirt. I needed a pickaxe. The ground was nothing but clay; it seemed hard as a rock.

 

And if you don’t have any grass on that clay and a Louisiana rain comes along, you have a slippery mess. It sticks to your shoes, and you can hardly pick up your feet either because of the weight or because they are stuck. I don’t like clay; I do like pottery. I find pottery and wood accents make a home comfortable and welcoming, like a fireplace in the winter.

 

God told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house. I’m not sure where it was. “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.” (Jeremiah 18:2)

 

  If we want to hear His Word, it will behoove us to humble ourselves.  As the potter made his vessel, it was marred, so he made it again.  I don’t know if the clay had hard spots, perhaps rocks or trash.  These things would have to be worked out of the clay to be a vessel pleasing to the potter. 

 

  Do you feel like you are going round in circles on the potter’s wheel?  Could there possibly be some debris in your life?  Perhaps there are a few rough spots to be smoothed out.    

 

“…cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand…” (Jeremiah 3:6)

 

  If the potter couldn’t work with the clay, it was cast into the potter’s field.  Judas sold out the Lord for 30 pieces of silver.  When he saw Jesus was condemned, he no longer desired the silver (fame, glory, power, influence) and tried to give it back. 

 

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.” (Matthew 27:6-8)

 

I’m concerned; I want to go to the potter house. Put me on the wheel, apply the pressure, and put me out to dry, close to the fire, until I am cured. Just please don’t throw me in the potter’s field.

Multitudes, Multitudes

Teresa Poucher


  Immigrants are coming into the United States by the millions.  My mother was an immigrant; she came from Germany.  She was born in 1935, so she has memories that could give us nightmares.  Yes, she remembers Hitler, and she overheard Nazis telling Jews to go to the train stations where they would take them to a better place.

 

  I’m thankful for the United States; however, we are not so united.  I still think it’s the greatest place to live on this earth.  

AMERICA is a land of opportunity, hopes, dreams, and prosperity.  For hundreds of years, people have come here for freedom, which came with a high price, and many have fought and died for it.     

  

  Even though I love this land, it’s not my home.  I’m longing for the New Jerusalem.  To get there will only be by the blood of the Lamb of God, a very high price!  God was manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16), laid down His life to be crucified by His creation, rose from the dead, and 50 days later, poured out His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. 

 

  One may be an illegal immigrant here in the United States, but heaven will have no “spiritually-illegal” immigrants. 

 

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:5-7)

 

 

 

“But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 3:20 Amplified)

 

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14).

 

Your citizenship papers, so to speak, will be checked. Are you born again of the water and the spirit? I want to be a heavenly citizen, don’t you?

Hope for the Hopeless

Teresa Poucher


  If one has been in church for even a year, you will hear “faith, hope, and charity.”  You’ve heard it preached many times: God is love!  There are many what we call faith preachers.  When was the last time you heard someone preach on hope?  

 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I Corinthians 13:13)

 

  I don’t know if I have ever seen more hopeless people.  If you have never felt hopelessness, it is one of the worst emotions.  It goes beyond depression and isolation.  One loses all power or expectation that anything will ever changefor the better.  

 

  This feeling can be triggered by financial concerns, acute illness or disease, relationship issues, or maybe feeling like you don’t belong.  We can all agree that the day we live in makes hopelessness a little too common.

 

  I want to tell you there is hope.   

 

“… lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil…”(Hebrews 6:18-19)

 

There is a change coming. Look up; your redemption draweth nigh.

 

“…but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

 

  There will be no depression, tears, fear, or sickness.

 

 

“…looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…” (Titus 2:13)