Lilliet is the author of 76 Christian, non-fiction books.
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Lilliet is the author of 76 Christian, non-fiction books.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.