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Lilliet Garrison is a best-selling Christian, non-fiction author

Lilliet is the author of 81 Christian, non-fiction books.

Find them on her Author Page on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Lilliet-Garrison/e/B004H28MCU

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ANGER TURNED INWARD BECOMES DEPRESSION.

Depression is actually anger turned inward. This connection is not usually well understood.

When we refuse to abide in Christ, we’re tempted to go our own way. The farther away we move from God, the more Satan fills our mind with his thoughts. Taken to an extreme his thoughts are focused on impending doom, death, suicide, perversion, eating disorders, cutting, etc. With his negative thoughts and emotions, darkness soon settles over us. Our heart grows cold. We become morose, moody, withdrawn, and inclined in one way or another to harm ourselves or others.

Many fail to understand that some forms of depression have demonic roots. Since many physicians aren’t Christian, they don’t move beyond human education and solutions. Psychology is man’s wisdom, based on human reasoning and learning. Its man’s best attempt to understand the human condition, but it isn’t God’s methodology. We weren’t created to be in a continuous state of anger, worry, or discontent. When we turn from our empty human philosophies to receive Christ, the answer to our flawed condition, we receive joy, rest, and a sound mind.

Taken from my soon to be released book: A WOMAN OF GRACE AND STRENGTH. Sold at Amazon.com/Kindle

WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES FOR US.

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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).

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL OR GODLY WISDOM?

Definition: Just as wisdom in a more general sense is knowledge rightly applied, so the spiritual gift of wisdom is the supernatural ability, received at the time of a person’s conversion, to apply knowledge already possessed, regardless of how one has obtained that knowledge. It’s knowledge rightly applied by the Spirit. It’s God showing us the What? Why? Where? When? and How? of a problem. It’s the supernatural solution to trouble.

Application: Godly wisdom is a quality needed by every person who works with other people. We’re all different, with different needs, personality traits, and backgrounds. These differences can present difficulties in terms of working with and understanding one another. Godly wisdom allows us to see beyond our differences and beneath the surface. The Holy Spirit provides this insight to better understand people’s hidden needs and equips us to meet those needs. A believing mother needs this wisdom as no two children are alike. It’s needed by every husband and wife, as built-in differences often keep us from seeing the needs of our spouse. It’s something every pastor, teacher, and church leader needs, since not every church member responds in the same way.

Methods: Godly wisdom may come to us in a wide variety of ways: through God’s Word, a vision, a dream, a revelation, our conscience, a sense we might refer to as intuition, the guidance of a wise person, a written or spoken source, a whispered voice in our heart, or an audible voice, to name only some. God speaks in many ways, and the Holy Spirit operates with diversity in His methods (1 Corinthians 12:6)

Purpose: Godly wisdom builds the church and invites revival.

From my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE. Sold at Amazon.com/Kindle.

LET GO OF YOUR PAST.

  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.

WHAT’S BEAUTIFUL TO GOD?

Somewhere in our relationship with the Lord is a beautiful place called divine deliverance. Jesus released us from certain death through His redemptive work on the cross. Salvation is the first step in this process; it happens when we choose to accept what He died to give us. Eventually, as we continue to push into Him, we sense our emancipation from our past and the things Satan used to hold us captive.

As our new being emerges, we become less harsh, demanding, and loud. As some of these negative traits fall away from us, what’s left is something beautiful to behold—a radiant, glowing soul unencumbered and free to appropriate and appreciate intimacy with God.

Taken from my new book:  A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.

HAVE YOU PURSUED BIBLICAL SUCCESS?

The Bible holds all the secrets to genuine success.

Since all of us have experienced failure in some area of our life, one of the most important life skills we can master is how to respond to it. Successful people know how to turn every failure into a learning experience. The failure becomes their stepping stone to future success.

Setting goals is our first step toward turning around any failure. It may be necessary for us to write down what it is that brought about our failure, and then to identify from God’s Word and write down the wisdom step needed to correct the problem. This is coupling intention with appropriate action.

“Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Success requires diligence, and planning for it requires that we know and understand God’s methods for achieving that success.

  • “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)
  • “Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.” (Proverbs 13:16)
  • “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

There are laws or principles of success that successful people follow. By earnestly looking at what these laws entail and planning ahead for success, you can be assured of living a productive, contented, and victorious life. If, on the other hand, you do not avail yourself of the learning necessary for successful living, you have by default “prepared” for an unsuccessful life.

For more on the topic of success God’s way, see my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, by Lilliet Garrison.  Sold on Amazon.com.