Lilliet is the author of 81 Christian, non-fiction books.
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Some benefits of having the Holy Spirit within you.
1. The Holy Spirit will positively affect your communication with others (Acts 1:8).
2. He will give evidence of His presence in your life by changing your patterns of conversation. For example, if you’ve been shy or weak, He can make you strong and bold (Acts 4:8, 10, 12–13).
3. He will teach you what you need to know to function effectively as God’s representative in the world (John 14:26).
4. He will counsel you about the sin in your life (Isaiah 1:18).
5. He will communicate with you about your future. He’ll instill within you comfort and strength to face the days to come (John 16:13).
6. He will forewarn you about the ulterior motives of others around you (Acts 11:12).
7. He will help you differentiate things of importance from things of non-importance (Acts 15:28).
8. He will tell you about the place of provision and supply (1 Kings 17: 3–4).
9. He will tell you that if you want to hear from Him, you’ll need to move away from the distraction and interference of other voices. Solitude is necessary for intimacy, impartation, and transformation (1 Peter 5:8).
10. He will prepare your heart for coming into God’s presence (Isaiah 2:3).
11. His words to you will impart life and energy (John 6:63).
12 . He will talk to (intercede with) the Father on your behalf (Romans 8:26–27).
13. He will both reveal and confirm to you that you belong to God (Romans 8:16).
As was the case with many Bible characters, a God encounter is mandatory to the establishment of a new and better life. Merely wishing for a new future won’t make it happen. Anything worth having requires something of you.
Ruth understood that her future success depended on her ability to let go of her past. She had to deliberately turn and depart from it―going with Naomi in disregard of her mother-in-law’s selfless plea that she return to her own people. Ruth desired a new future, a good future. She most likely sensed that Naomi, for all the older woman’s emptiness, had something that she didn’t have. Even in mourning Naomi was able to reveal to Ruth that God had done something in her life―and Ruth wanted what Naomi had. When Ruth confronted Naomi with “your God shall be my God,” she revealed her willingness to turn her back on her past in order to secure a better future. She understood that this would be found through her continuing relationship with Naomi.
Taken from my book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. Sold at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Lilliet-Garrison/e/B004H4H28MCU
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?
Categorize your goals―spiritual goals might look like this:
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.
Until we’ve matured in our faith and learned to be steadfast and unwavering, we’ll be tempted to doubt God’s ability to come through for us.
We must guard against the temptation to grow impatient with God. God will not disappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hear what He has to say to them. Though the promised favor may take some time to appear, be assured that it will come! God will richly compensate us for our patient waiting upon Him.
New Christians don’t know how to navigate the Christian life yet. They don’t understand what they possess or what’s expected of them. They may not fully appreciate that they have been purchased by the blood of Christ and belong to Him.
We can avoid many pitfalls if we learn early that it’s wise to consult God in everything we do. We often continue to pursue our own personal goals, because we haven’t learned that God has better goals for us. God’s plans for us are always bigger and greater than ours, no matter how grandiose our own may seem.
What we don’t often recognize at this early stage is that God takes His time in perfecting us before we attain His goals, wanting us to be well equipped to hold on to what He gives us.
Many immature Christians turn back toward their own goals when they realize that God frequently works much more slowly than we would like Him to. We want what we want, and we want it now! But Isaiah reminds us that those who wait upon the Lord will mount up as eagles (Isaiah 40:31). God has a special reward for those who are willing to wait upon Him.
Stepping out ahead of God means doing whatever we do “in the flesh” (Romans 8:1–17). And what we begin in the flesh can only be finished in the flesh. It’s wiser and easier in the long run to refuse to take that bait from Satan, opting instead to accomplish any task in the Spirit’s strength and according to His timing. We’re guaranteed success when we allow Him to go before us.
Taken from my book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.
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.
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.
Lust, like anger, takes many men and women down the wrong path because they fail to understand how Satan operates. Look to the area of life in which you’re most tempted; almost without exception, you’ll find that it’s the very area in which you’re already the weakest.
We can overcome our weaknesses by handing them over to God and asking Him to help us overcome them. The Christian’s life is about growing into spiritual maturity. Ask God to help you restrain and discipline your natural nature, to reflect more accurately Christ’s nature. This is asking in agreement with what the Lord wants for you. It’s the mark of a true Christian.
People who accomplish a great deal have learned to focus and discipline themselves. A telltale sign of someone who remains immature or ineffective is that they’re unfocused, unrestrained, and unable to check their natural impulses.
When we strongly desire to mature, we become aware of behaviors that are keeping us from making forward progress. We’ll manage to modify our behavior only after, with the Spirit’s help, we see and acknowledge that Satan is trying to keep us from our preordained destiny.
At some time everyone gives in to seduction and wrong thinking. When this happens, we’re failing to cast down our wrong thoughts and imaginations by harnessing the power of God’s Word, as Jesus did.
When we cast down and trample on vain imaginations and high thinking, we’re refusing to allow Satan an inroad into our mind and heart. Let’s not forget that Satan has a purpose for us too. But if we won’t permit him to enter, he can’t steal from us or derail our ultimate purpose.
It’s urgent that we both anticipate and identify Satan’s attacks and acknowledge our vulnerable points, the chinks in our armor. Ask God to strengthen you. Meditate on God’s Word slowly, chewing and digesting it into your very being. Continually remember His promises to care for you. Repeat scripture often to stay on track. Do a study on spiritual warfare to acquaint yourself with Satan’s practices. When you learn to identify demonic attacks for what they are, they’ll no longer take you by surprise.
We have a tendency to believe that oppression and addiction are “issues” of life with which we must inevitably struggle. But they aren’t “issues” at all. They’re the works of Satan. We must call them what they are if we’re to recognize them as Satan’s work to destroy us.
Christians are the prime target for Satan’s attacks. He wants nothing more than for us to abandon our promised destiny. Satan first strikes our emotions, then our thinking and will. When he manages to confuse us, he gains control over our thoughts, followed by our emotions and eventually our behavior. We must stop his advancements.