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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.
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT GOD IS LIKE? IF SO, THEN ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH HIS ATTRIBUTES AND DISCOVER GOD LIKE NEVER BEFORE…
Question: “What are the attributes of God? What is God like?”
Answer: The Bible, God’s Word, tells us what God is like and what He is not like. Without the authority of the Bible, any attempt to explain God’s attributes would be no better than an opinion, which by itself is often incorrect, especially in understanding God (Job 42:7). To say that it is important for us to try to understand what God is like is a huge understatement. Failure to do so can cause us to set up, chase after, and worship false gods contrary to His will (Exodus 20:3-5).
Only what God has chosen to reveal of Himself can be known. One of God’s attributes or qualities is “light,” meaning that He is self-revealing in information of Himself (Isaiah 60:19; James 1:17). The fact that God has revealed knowledge of Himself should not be neglected (Hebrews 4:1). Creation, the Bible, and the Word made flesh (Jesus Christ) will help us to know what God is like.
Let’s start by understanding that God is our Creator and that we are a part of His creation (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1) and are created in His image. Man is above the rest of creation and was given dominion over it (Genesis 1:26-28). Creation is marred by the fall but still offers a glimpse of God’s works (Genesis 3:17-18; Romans 1:19-20). By considering creation’s vastness, complexity, beauty, and order, we can have a sense of the awesomeness of God.
Reading through some of the names of God can be helpful in our search of what God is like. They are as follows:
1. Elohim – strong One, divine (Genesis 1:1)
2. Adonai – Lord, indicating a Master-to-servant relationship (Exodus 4:10, 13)
3. El Elyon – Most High, the strongest One (Genesis 14:20)
4. El Roi – the strong One who sees (Genesis 16:13)
5. El Shaddai – Almighty God (Genesis 17:1)
6. El Olam – Everlasting God (Isaiah 40:28)
7. Yahweh – LORD “I Am,” meaning the eternal self-existent God (Exodus 3:13, 14).
God is eternal, meaning He had no beginning and His existence will never end. He is immortal and infinite (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17). God is immutable, meaning He is unchanging; this in turn means that God is absolutely reliable and trustworthy (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 102:26, 27). God is incomparable; there is no one like Him in works or being. He is unequaled and perfect (2 Samuel 7:22; Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25; Matthew 5:48). God is inscrutable, unfathomable, unsearchable, and past finding out as far as understanding Him completely (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 145:3; Romans 11:33, 34).
God is just; He is no respecter of persons in the sense of showing favoritism (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:30). God is omnipotent; He is all-powerful and can do anything that pleases Him, but His actions will always be in accord with the rest of His character (Revelation 19:6; Jeremiah 32:17, 27). God is omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere, but this does not mean that God is everything (Psalm 139:7-13; Jeremiah 23:23). God is omniscient, meaning He knows the past, present, and future, including what we are thinking at any given moment. Since He knows everything, His justice will always be administered fairly (Psalm 139:1-5; Proverbs 5:21).
God is one; not only is there no other, but He is alone in being able to meet the deepest needs and longings of our hearts. God alone is worthy of our worship and devotion (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is righteous, meaning that God cannot and will not pass over wrongdoing. It is because of God’s righteousness and justice that, in order for our sins to be forgiven, Jesus had to experience God’s wrath when our sins were placed upon Him (Exodus 9:27; Matthew 27:45-46; Romans 3:21-26).
God is sovereign, meaning He is supreme. All of His creation put together cannot thwart His purposes (Psalm 93:1; 95:3; Jeremiah 23:20). God is spirit, meaning He is invisible (John 1:18; 4:24). God is a Trinity. He is three in one, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. God is truth, He will remain incorruptible and cannot lie (Psalm 117:2; 1 Samuel 15:29).
God is holy, separated from all moral defilement and hostile toward it. God sees all evil and it angers Him. God is referred to as a consuming fire (Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 1:13; Exodus 3:2, 4-5; Hebrews 12:29). God is gracious, and His grace includes His goodness, kindness, mercy, and love. If it were not for God’s grace, His holiness would exclude us from His presence. Thankfully, this is not the case, for He desires to know each of us personally (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 31:19; 1 Peter 1:3; John 3:16, 17:3).
Since God is an infinite Being, no human can fully answer this God-sized question, but through God’s Word, we can understand much about who God is and what He is like. May we all wholeheartedly continue to seek after Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
Recommended Resource: Knowing God by J.I. Packer.
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