Welcome back to Spirit Ministries ladies and gentleman. I thank God, and I thank all of you who have been so supportive of this Ministry that God put on my heart while I was in prison. It has been a true blessing, above and beyond my imagination. I pray that the word, and the words that God has given me for this edition will bring peace, joy, understanding, encouragement, and direction to your lives. I, Michael Teter, give God all glory for what he has done in my life. May the Lord continue to bless you all beyond your imagination.
Approximately a month ago Pastor Clyde at the 4 Square Church asked me to give a message, and share my testimony. Some of you were there to hear it. When he asked me that my mind started to race, I wasn’t sure that I could deliver. However, God knows what you need before you do. Not only did I give my testimony, I gave a message, and not to long before it happened he put two songs on my heart. I thought wow! This is kind of overwhelming, I had to draw closer to God, I had to pray and just trust in him. It was only a few minutes later he revealed Philippians 4:13 to me, then a friend asked me if I was nervous, and I said yes. He said I can not imagine you being nervous. I used what he said as motivation, he said exactly what I needed to hear at the perfect time. God used him to help me get through. All I could say to myself is be a good example Michael, you have to get up there and blow them away. The Scripture above says, For I can do anything with the help of Christ, who gives me the strength I need. This is the absolute truth friends. When we just put it in his hands he takes care of it, it is a promise that he made to all who believe in him. There is nothing greater, Jesus Christ shed his blood for your benefit as long as you accept him as your Lord and Savior.
Many of you may be familiar with this, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, Amen. What is serenity? Serenity is having inner peace, it dwells inside of us all. Also known as the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with serenity, then we can experience the calmness in the midst of the ups and downs in our life. The state of being content with all things we know we can not change in our life. Relying on God and not our own understanding, trusting in the Lord to work things out for us when we ask him. The Scriptures that comes to my heart during times like this is Psalms 46:10-Be still and know that I am God and Psalms 37:7-Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. When our endurance has reached a maturity we will be ready for anything. God’s plan for our success is that we develop a right relationship with him, and become determined to serve him in everything we do. Then, in God’s perfect timing, we all will be blessed with the true joy that God has promised , the guilt that others work so hard to put on us will be non-existent. All I can say to that is Hallelujah! We all will fly away, true freedom. That is the beyond my imagination.
I was truly lost, and I never accepted the hurtful circumstances of my life. For 35 years I lived in denial only to avoid the pain that it brought upon me. I struggled against the reality of it all, and chose to rebel against who I truly am, and what has happened to me. I am sure that many can identify with this. I know that some people, myself included, at some time in their life just succumb to the bad. They tell themselves that it’s normal, they become comfortable with it. When we choose to do this we will never move forward, we only continue to repeat the destructive behavior cycle that we have created in our own life. That is living in the darkness friends.
John 8:12-Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” So this encourages me to tell you this, if you can see that people live in the darkness, and you know life is a balance of all things. Everything has an opposite, so the opposite of darkness is light, the opposite of God(light), is Satan(darkness). Please do not settle for the darkness, you will never be happy, you will never experience true joy in your heart. When you decide to reach out and take the Lord by the hand then you will be free, free from all struggle. You will experience what life is truly about. You can not experience what life truly is until you give your own life. That is exactly what Christ did on the cross. He gave his life that you might have eternal life. It’s your choice, no one can make that decision for you. John 8:36-So if the Son sets you free, you will be indeed be free. This is for all of us, God has no prejudice. Now that is GoodNews my friends.
Remember, you will never be able to rest until you decide to do something different with your life. I know from my own experience that I tried everything under the sun to fill all voids in my heart. Then that day came when I could no longer bear the struggle that living in the darkness requires. I took a risk while in prison, I dropped to my knees and said Lord help me, I can do this no longer. It took every ounce of strength I had to do this, I had great pride in the wrong direction. However, he took care of that as well. It’s like this, remember when you were a kid and you saw a kid riding a bike? Now you want a bike, it inspired you, you got one for Cristmas or your birthday, you experienced joy in your heart. You got the bike, so now what do you do? You’ve never rode one before, looks like you have to take a risk if you want to learn how to ride. Symbolically speaking, that is just like removing yourself from the darkness, and stepping into the light. Let the Holy Spirit draw you closer to our living God and you will experience true freedom and joy you thought never existed. I encourage you to take that step, if I can do it, so can you. Praise God!
Dear Lord, I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross for all of our sins. I come to you with a repentant heart and ask you for your forgiveness. Continue to mold us to your likeness, and use us for your Glory and yours alone. I pray that you continue to provide me with the strength, inspiration, courage, wisdom, patience, perserverence, understanding, and humility that I need to serve you. I ask that you continue to protect, provide for, shower your blessings, and shine your wonderful light upon my brothers in prison, all my family and friends, staff and administration at LCF, my group in Lawrence, all my co-workers at Fashions Inc., The FourSquare Church in Ottawa,SPIRIT Ministries, ROCK BOTTOM, Rose Rice, all the children of the world, and my wonderful momma whom I love very much. I pray that you lead and direct me if you want me to share my testimony, the word, and a song if it is your will. I thank you Lord for this opportunity, it is a true blessing. May the Lord bless you all beyond your understanding. I pray in the name of your wonderful Son Jesus Christ, Amen.
S.P.I.R.I.T Ministies was inspired by God in 2007 behind the walls of Lansing prison. SPIRIT Ministries is located in Richmond, KS, 128 South Baldwin Street, 785-418-7150. Come join us Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Any questions ask for Michael, I will be glad to help you in anyway. You can look at the website as well, just go to, https://spiritministries.wordpress.com
I would like to bring to your attention that I am open minded and if you have any ideas you would like to share concerning SPIRIT Ministries I would like to hear them. I would also like to tell you on the day of March 5, 2011 there is a bake sale going on at Wal-Mart in Ottawa, KS to raise money for the Ministry. God bless you all.