That’s The Truth

Thy Word Is Truth

Lily Tomlin played on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In show in the ’60s.  She had a segment where she was Edith Ann, a 5-year-old girl sitting in a giant rocking chair.  She would tell some farfetched stories, but at the end, she would say, “and that’s the truth!” You won’t remember this if you are young, though you can find it on YouTube.

 

  ‘Truth is, the devil is a liar.  He is very good at it.  

 

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

 

The enemy uses his flattery and deception to get us to believe his lies. When you fall for the first lie, he always adds another, and then another. Before you know it, you’re all messed up. It may be depression, perhaps an addiction, or some self-destructive behavior. Worst yet, the devil deceives you into thinking, “I’m okay, I’ve got this.” I could go on, but you got the message. Satan’s power is predicated by his lies. If we believe them, he gains more ground in our life, more strongholds, and more addictions. We gave him that power by believing his lies.

 

However, Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

 

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3)

 

  The Word of God is the truth, as it is “…impossible for God to lie…” The enemy tries to assume power through his lies, but Jesus’ words are true and faithful.  His Word has absolute power and truth, and we get power over the devil’s lies by believing God’s Truth.  

 

Now, who’s report will you believe?

What’s That Smell?

Sweet Aroma

Teresa Poucher

  Have you ever walked into a hair salon while someone got a perm?  ‘Not a pleasant scent.  

 

  Now walk into a store or a home with fresh cookies baking, and voila!  You may be taken back to Grandma’s house enjoying fond memories of her.

 

While we have five senses, our sense of smell is the strongest when it comes to evoking memories. An aroma will not only trigger a memory but can flood your emotions.

 

  Being that we were made in God’s image, and the Lord gave us a sense of smell, He is likewise moved with emotions, whether it be from the aroma of our worship — or from the stench of our sin.  

 

Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5:24)


“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

 

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2)

 

I desire to flood my Lord with pleasant memories of the sweet smell of worship. Let us give God a flower garden of sweet-smelling worship!

#LaRougeCrafts #Thewarriorsheartcry

Do you Feel Faint?

Teresa Poucher

Tired of waiting? Or tired of fighting? Are you feeling faint, ready to pass out? “…Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint yet [still] pursuing …” (Judges 8:4)

 

Many times in the Word of God, we read the words “fight,” “press,” and “strive.” Luke tells us, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate…” (Luke 13:24)

 

“Strive to enter in” is going against this flesh. We must push. If we aren’t in forward motion, we will be going back. We don’t stand still in God. “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…” (Exodus 14:13)

 

  Stand still – STAND! I may not be still, but I’m still standing.  Hold your ground!

 

Then Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again.’” (Exodus 14:13 AMP)

 

“And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid…” (II Samuel 17:2). Many times, the enemy attacks us while we are weary and tries to make us fear.

Maybe it’s your finances, health, relationships… God is for us!  

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper….”(Isaiah 54:17)

 

 

He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day…” (2 Samuel 23:10)

 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. “…for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

 

When we see or admit our weakness, it can become our strength when we give it all to God. Let your weakness become your strength.

#LaRougeCrafts #thewarriorsheartcry

Castles

Teresa Poucher

  I remember a little boy named Charlie; he was maybe four years old.  He would pretend to baptize his sister in Jesus’ Name, as we preach.  One day, he had his hand on what he called a microphone and preached.  He pointed up and said, “castles in heaven,” then pointed down and said, “castles in hell.”

 

I listened to a sermon on YouTube just the other day: “Secrets About Strongholds” by Josh Herring.1 This sermon challenged me to make sure I had forgiven any sin that was inflicted upon me as well as any sin I inflicted on others. Sin won’t enter heaven; if I haven’t forgiven someone, I’m taking their sin with me. It brought me back to Matthew 6:14: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” (Proverbs 18:19)

 

I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.” (Jeremiah 6:27) 2, 3

 

  So are we building a castle, a stronghold?  Are we making it to protect others and bring them into the fold?  

 

“Castles in heaven and castles in hell.”1)

The Secrets About Strongholds – Josh Herring – YouTube

 2) Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Lexicon: fortification, fortress, fortified city, a stronghold.

 3) Strong’s Concordance:  From בָּצַר H1219; a fortification, castle, or fortified city; figuratively a defender: – (de-, most) fenced, fortress, (most) strong (hold).

#thewarriorsheartcy #LaRougeCrafts

Is There a Shortage?

Teresa Poucher

Have you been shopping lately?  ‘Reminds me of an approaching hurricane:  Good luck finding bread, chips, or batteries!  

 

We have ships lined up to the dock, and stores are out of supplies. ‘Makes me think of the Israelites in the wilderness: There was no food on the shelves, water was scarce, and not an Old Navy or a Walmart in sight.

 

I would hate to be in a barren desert land with no food or water. We first heard of a rock in the Bible when God spoke to Moses. The people and cattle were thirsty. God said to strike the rock, and water gushed out to quench the thirst of a million people and cattle. (Exodus 17:6)

 

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint…” (Deuteronomy 8:15)

 

Again, they needed water (Numbers 20:8).God told Moses to “speak” to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock and wasn’t permitted to enter the promised land.

 

In I Corinthians, chapter 10, we learn that Jesus was that Rock. The striking of the rock symbolized his death. The crossing of the Red Sea signified baptism. The manna falling from heaven was symbolic of Christ being the Bread of Life.

 

  If you’ll notice, the rock was a flint rock, from where we can get fire, which is likened to the Holy Ghost fire that fell in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2)

 

  God did such amazing miracles in that wilderness.  He is still our Rock; He will provide us bread and water.  He will do the miraculous.  

 

  Let’s not strike that Rock again.  We only need to speak.  Speak a prayer of thanksgiving and praise, intercede for someone’s need, and may repentance, revival, and revelation sweep throughout the land.  

 

  God isn’t affected by the supply chain or the government.

 

“The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it can not save…” (Isaiah 69:1)

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Maybe I Need to Forget

Teresa Poucher

   I get frustrated because I don’t remember where I left my keys or phone.  What was that password?  I don’t recall.  However, sometimes I remember things I should have forgotten.  It would benefit me to lose sight of a few things.

 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

  Hmm, can I press toward that mark if I hold on to disturbing memories?  Why would we hold on to the past?  It makes us stagnant and keeps us stationary.  Yes, you were done wrong. Surely it hurts. If my body were injured, wouldn’t I clean the wound in spite of the pain?  If I didn’t, it could get severely infected.   Yes, it might leave a scar.  That will either be a badge of honor or one of shame and regret.

 

  The time I spend on distressing memories is robbing me of the time I could be praising and growing in God.  Remember, Paul and Silas (Acts16) were thrown in jail after being beaten.  In stocks at midnight, they prayed and sang praises.  All the prisoner’s bands were loosed.  Maybe it’s your midnight hour.  

 

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

 

It’s time to forget.

I Don’t Remember

Teresa Poucher

I don’t remember where I put that purchase I need to return to the store.  I know I bought a card for a friend, but I can’t send it, because I can’t find it.  I am constantly using my watch to ping my phone.  

 

  Yes, I’m getting older.  I am sometimes distracted, often busy.  However, I’m getting my steps in because I’m walking in circles.

 

  The Bible speaks a lot about remembrance.  I was disturbed when I read in Jeremiah, chapter 2, how God spoke to Israel, how He remembered their kindness and love, and how they chased after him in the wilderness. Then they walked away and forgot Him.

 

  “…What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me…”   (Jeremiah 2:5)

 

  Their clothes and shoes did not wear out.  Manna fell from heaven to feed them every day.  They had a cloud to shade them from the heat and fire to guide them and give them heat in the cold evening.  Water came out of a rock in a dry and barren land.  Did they forget?

 

  What have you forgotten?  Perhaps the time you were spared from a near-fatal accident?  Groceries someone brought to you when you lost your job?  The healing in your body? The unexpected check that came in the mail at the exact time it was needed?   

 

  What about the time you cried yourself to sleep, and God came and wrapped his arms around you?  Or when he encouraged you to go ahead and face a fear, or delivered you from the bondage of ________, or gloriously filled you with His Spirit?

 

  I must never forget His goodness and mercy, which He gives usevery day. 

 

“And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place….” (Exodus 13:3)

And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols….” (Ezekiel 6:9)

I don’t want to break His heart!

Give it All

Teresa Poucher

Do you feel you’ve given your all, but you just aren’t getting the answers you need? What else do you have to offer? Not just your money, time, devotion, witnessing, cooking for people, giving others a lift to church, or just plain old hard work.

 

  We are accustomed to doing good works.  Yet today, I feel like my works aren’t enough.  I can’t impress God with my talent.  All our gifts and callings are from Him anyway.  So, I feel like the person that is re-gifting. 

 

  Unlike other people, God is interested in your broken things:  All your junk, trash, preconceived ideas, faults, failures, broken hearts, dreams, sickness, doubts, fears, turmoil…  

 

  God wants it ALL.

 

“Casting all your care upon him; for hecareth for you.” (1Peter 5:7)

Boards and Broken Pieces

Teresa Poucher

Poucher

The 26th chapter of Acts speaks of Paul as a prisoner being tried before Festus and King Agrippa. Paul’s testimony was so compelling that King Agrippa told Paul he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. They were ready to free him, but Paul had appealed to Caesar so they sent him on to Rome.


When it was time to depart by ship, Paul warned them not to sail. However, the owner and centurion thought they knew better. The ship soon found itself in a typhoon. “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20)

 

  Have you also been on a journey sailing your ship only to find out you may be the captain, but Jesus is the master of the wind?  Maybe we should have waited a little longer.  Perhaps I wouldn’t be in this storm.  Do you feel much like the souls on board this ship?  All hope of being saved is gone.  

 

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

(Acts 27:21-22)

 

  Long abstinence? Do you think maybe Paul had a prayer meeting?  Did he intercede for all the 276 souls on this ship?

 

   According to Acts 27:42, the soldiers were ready to kill all the prisoners.  Yet Paul stood on behalf of all aboard this ship.  

 

“…they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.” (Acts 27:43-44)

 

Hold fast; God isn’t through with you yet. You have your own Caesar to appeal to. In the meantime, there are many souls to reach. Grab a board, even a broken piece. There are still more souls to reach and some prisoners to set free.

Don’t Take it Personally

Teresa Poucher

Have you ever had an individual in your life for whom you cared deeply? ‘Seems like a stranger can say something ugly to you, and you can forgive and get over it. Yet, when it’s close to home, or someone for whom you care, the sting lingers. If you spend a lot of time with them, you better get over it, or it will eat your lunch and your dinner too!

Many years ago, while in prayer for such a situation, the Lord spoke these words to my heart: “Don’t condemn, push away, or take it personally.” The first two were easy with the Lord’s help. “Don’t take it personally” was much harder. Yet, if we look to the Word of God, we see, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...” (Ephesians 6:12)


  This person is not making a personal attack.  They are reacting to a hurt they haven’t resolved yet.

  Forgiveness is so wonderful; it heals us when we practice it.  I tend to take things personally.  It’s my fault, I must have messed up.  I feel bad when many things are not even my fault. 

Which brings me to why wouldn’t I take it personally when I read the Word of God? The Word of the Lord is so full of promises. God robed Himself in flesh and was “born in a barn,” so to speak. He was killed by those to whom He gave life. All so we could spend eternity with Him. What wondrous love and compassion. Yes, He died for MYsin. It was my fault; I was guilty. I take that very personally. He never gives up on us, and He never gets ugly with us, but He gently corrects us. I want to take His every desire personally, don’t you?