….Moving Beyond What’s Holding You Back” by Lilliet Garrison… on Amazon.com.
Perhaps you’ve known identical twins that looked so much alike that without a distinguishing mark, like a birthmark, you couldn’t tell them apart.
True believers have distinguishing marks too that set them apart from all others. Their “birthmark” is Jesus. When we accept Jesus as Savior He marks us as His own. Being a child of God brings us a “new and improved” identity too. A new identity brings new character, a new disposition, new desires, principles, morality, speech, thinking, and purpose. A true Christian has been so changed by the love of Jesus that they no longer resemble their former self.
“…children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:13)
Possibly you’ve heard the words “saved,” “born again,” and “conversion” and have wondered what they really mean. These terms are basically synonymous.
Spiritually speaking, conversion refers to “a change.” But first we must answer the questions: “What is a person changed from?” and “What is a person changed to?”
CONVERSION IS A LIFE TRANSFORMING EVENT
Being converted, or born-again, is a miraculous, life-transforming event that’s impossible without the active participation of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit initiates our conversion by inviting us to participate with Him. In fact, we can’t come to Christ without His conviction.
“For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” (John 6:44)
“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NLT)
The Holy Spirit is the agent of grace that convicts—but never condemns. There is an additional need for the Holy Spirit—for until we’re made aware of our need for a Savior, and indeed ask Him to come into our life to save us occurs, it’s impossible for us to fully understand Scripture or Jesus and His works.1
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3)
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV)
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 2:3-5)
Lilliet is the author of 82 non-fiction Christian books on Amazon:
For it is from God alone that you have your life through Christ Jesus. He showed us God’s plan of salvation; he was the one who made us acceptable to God; he made us pure and holy and gave himself to purchase our salvation. …“If anyone is going to boast, let him boast only of what the Lord has done.” ~1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (TLB)
God has seen ahead and made a provision to fill your need. There is not one trial or problem that you may be encountering that God has not already seen and made provision to take care of. Why? Because he is your Jehovah Jireh, just as he was Abraham’s Jehovah Jireh. He knows all things. He already knows what you will encounter in your life, and He has a provision for you to handle it. The provision is there. When we chose to serve the Lord, all the resources of heaven became available.
Christ paid the price for those things that money can never purchase: health, healing, safety, financial provision, as well as righteousness, wisdom, peace, joy, and eternal life. Through obedience to God and faith in His Word, we have all things that pertain to the natural, as well as the spiritual life.
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Whatever brings you to your knees in weakness carries the greatest potential for your personal success and spiritual victory. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians “When I am weak, then I am strong.” These words bring thoughts of contradiction. How can that be?
Scripture counters man’s natural thinking and is ridiculous to people who function by the world’s system of reasoning. We reason that when we are weak, others will take advantage of us and we’ll be in worse shape than before. We strive to stay on top by controlling others and our environment. All of us have experienced the stress that comes from trying to hold everything together. We may look like we’re in control on the outside, but on the inside, we’re coming apart.
None of us can escape the pressures of life. Most of us know what it feels like to be hurt, disappointed, and even overwhelmed by the unfortunate paths our lives often take. We know the sting of rejection, humiliation, and failure. Regardless of the level of control we may believe we have over our lives, there are always unexpected situations that pop up and catch us unaware. There are just some aspects of life that we must admit are beyond our control.
What circumstances are beyond your control? Is there a personal, relational, health, or financial need that you have? Remember in such times, that in your weakness—Jesus is ALWAYS strong.
Taken from my book: A WOMAN OF GRACE AND STRENGTH.
Pursuing God’s dream isn’t a matter of pushing yourself harder, but of allowing God to pull you toward the life to which He has been calling you all along. The Bible contains our strategic life plan—a personal blueprint for our life. By faith and with intentionality we work out that plan.
No matter what position you find yourself in, determine your objective first. Until your thoughts are linked to a purpose there can be no accomplishment. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how can you expect to get there?
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Categorize your goals―spiritual goals might look like this:
Spend time with the Lord daily by reading the Bible each morning.
Attend a Bible study at your church or in your community.
Join a small group for accountability to other believers.
Find a church home within six months or relocating to a new area.
Make a new Christian friend.
Find a new Scripture every day about God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, or healing (whatever it is you need certainty about). Study and meditate on it, repeating it until your heart—not just your mind—knows it. Memorize and repeat this Scripture throughout the day. It will transform your outlook on life.
List the many ways in which the Lord cares for and blesses you, and keep expanding it. Your gratitude will grow through the process. When you praise God for being good, your outcome will change. God loves to hear our praise because it acknowledges that He is indeed a good God.
Determine to find out what your spiritual gift(s) are so you can be a blessing within the body of Christ. You might want to take one of the free spiritual gifts assessments found on the internet. One site I particularly like is: http://www.churchgrowth.org.
Decide to become more comfortable with and natural at witnessing by simply giving your testimony of what God has done for you. A dying world is in desperate need of this “good news.” Ask God to keep you from becoming self-conscious, keeping in mind that you are sharing something that will potentially change another person’s path in life. Tell people you will pray for them―and then do it! Ask them whether you can pray for them in their presence. Many will agree.
Be a friend to someone who seems friendless. Give yourself away. This is one of the best ways to remain optimistic, as well as to dispel ingratitude or discouragement. Depression blows in when we isolate ourselves and fail to think of others’ needs ahead of our own.
Excerpt taken from my new book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. Sold at Amazon.com
God’s Word emphasizes that beauty can be found only in the work of Christ in the heart. Specifically in terms of a Christian woman, beauty isn’t found at a cosmetic counter or even in following the latest in fashion trends. It isn’t in trying to replicate what we see in glamour and fashion magazines.
In contrast, the standard for a Christian woman is achieved in seeking after what God tells her is beautiful in His sight. Certainly we want to be tastefully fashionable and attractive. We hardly present a positive example of Christian womanhood if we go for plain, dowdy, or dumpy. Being tasteful is being balanced.
Our femininity is a gift from God and it’s to be highly regarded. Beautiful in God’s sight is a woman whose heart and countenance longs for His approval. His beauty shines forth through her eyes, the windows into her soul.
His loving gaze penetrates deep inside us, and He knows whether we desire to love Him wholeheartedly in return. The only great Lover of our soul, He cherishes everything about us and wants to hold first place in our heart.
Peter describes the kind of beauty God seeks. Beauty found in our inner heart—in that place Christ alone enters by grace to embed His life and exquisiteness within us.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3–4)
When our heart craves that which God longs for, we become one with Him. Our new person no longer looks for continuous attention from outside sources. God will give us all the attention we need if we’ll seek Him first. When we give Him first place in our love life, He lets us know we are beautiful to Him.
Lilliet Garrison is the author of 82 Christian, non-fiction books on Amazon/Kindle.