Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Monday, February 23, 2015

HAVE YOU PLANNED FOR SUCCESS?

 

Most starting their adult life have dreams and high hopes that life will be good. Their optimistic about what the future holds for them. But some find only a few short years later, that life did not turn out as they had planned. Why is this? For the simple reason that many did not plan, prepare, and set goals for a achieving a SUCCESSFUL personal life. They were not purposeful, intentional, and diligent about making this a priority.

Happiness is a choice. Success is a choice. You’re given some 60-90+ years in this life. What you do with it is a personal choice. If you have no plans or direction, and don’t know what you want out of life…that’s precisely what you’ll get … NOT MUCH. Life can be very disappointing if you have no compass to direct you. Life is a journey. It’s meant to be lived to the “full” the Bible tells us. If you’re not living life to the full, then perhaps you have made no provision for living this way.
Motivated, successful people plan for success!!! Failure is not part of their plan. They may have to go to Plan B, C or even D, but they do not let go of their plans for success. They keep their goals ever before them. They don’t write them once and then put them on a shelf. Keeping your goals in front of you, keeps you on target.

On the success journey, your goals become your route. You may not always reach your destination, but the goals you make will direct you on “how to take the journey.”
On this success journey, the beginning of the trip is just as important as the end. God is interested in us FINISHING WELL to receive our just reward for those who are found faithful and true. It matters to Him that we do not just start out strong, but that we end strong too. This is what a journey is. Do you have plans for reaching your end STRONG and CONFIDENT? Success is not so much about being the best at everything, but about not giving up — by keeping your goals in mind and ever before you.

If you have not been purposeful about: not settling, compromising, wavering in your faith, or knowing how to spend the years God is giving you, then don’t be surprised when life is full of broken dreams and promises. That may be a picture of your past, but with God you can receive a new picture for a good and prosperous tomorrow. Ask Him today to come and help you. You do this by giving Him permission to touch your life by accepting Him. Turn your life over to Him and He’ll make something good out of it. He’ll give you new goals and show you how to reach them. He’ll take your failure and turn it around – towards SUCCESS.

Are you willing to step out and DO something you may have never done before, in order to RECEIVE something you’ve never received before? GO AHEAD AND ASK HIM FOR IT! What have you got to lose? You have EVERYTHING to gain and NOTHING to lose!

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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 book: "A WOMAN OF GRACE AND STRENGTH" by Lilliet Garrison.  Sold at Amazon.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BREAKING FREE FROM GUILT AND SHAME, Chapter 2, by Lilliet Garrison


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Chapter 2

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT GUILT AND SHAME

 

The Bible has numerous examples of people who felt guilt, shame, and regret over their past. Those who overcame looked to God—and found that God’s solution to their problem of sin was forgiveness.

Shame tends to isolate us as we feel alone and outside of society. It leaves us feeling vulnerable as we believe others can sense our shame. Some come to accept it as punishment for violating cultural and moral values, but its effects are always damaging to our self image.

God did not create you in shame, or for shame, nor did He create you to be alone. He created you for fellowship with Himself and others. It is Satan who feeds your mind with thoughts of worthlessness, and thus he works to isolate you. Most people with low self-esteem believe they are the only one in their predicament. This is always Satan’s work.

Reading the Bible reminds us of just how many of God’s “chosen” people failed Him in some way. The human condition of imperfection is known by all people—not just you!

The gospel shows us the way—the way to a new and better life in Christ. Parables were written to show us the positive changes that God’s forgiveness brings to all people regardless of their shortcomings, sin, shame, or guilt.

The Bible is our present-day guidebook. We draw strength and encouragement to turn from our past life of sin, and receive God’s forgiveness when we humble ourselves and ask Him to forgive us.

Jesus heals us from the deep and long-lasting effects of disgrace. His forgiveness frees us from the degradation that holds us captive and makes us slaves. No one else can do that for us.

"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)

 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14-15).

 

HOW GUILT AND SHAME ORIGINATED

If you will recall the story of Adam and Eve, you will remember what sin brought into their lives. One of the first results of sin that Adam and Eve felt was shame.

He (Adam) said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10).

Adam and Eve’s sin spoiled the perfect environment God created for them. They lived in a perfect world, had perfect minds, natures, abilities, and bodies, and had perfect fellowship with God. But the first couple was given something that could turn their perfect world upside down—and that was the power of choice!

By choosing to sin against God—by disobeying Him—they subjected all of God’s creation to the effects of sin. This includes guilt, shame, disease, death, broken relationships, selfishness, and knowing and doing evil. Later Adam and Eve had to deal with regret over the loss of the life they once had with God their Creator.

As descendants of Adam and Eve, every person since has been born into this world with a natural “sin nature”—or the inclination to sin.

But God was not surprised by man’s choice to sin against Him. Since God is sovereign (supreme ruler), He also had a plan to redeem man back to Himself. This would be done through His Son Jesus Christ. Now, humans could be redeemed, but only if they individually made the choice to choose Him in return.

Today we have little excuse for not knowing God. God has put a conscience into each individual. The Spirit of God speaks to us through our conscience, which provides us with an integral sense of right and wrong. This is God’s law written on our hearts and minds. What’s more, God has put awareness into us of His being through His Creation, and revealed Himself to us through His Word and through His Son, Jesus Christ.

All of us were born with an innate knowledge of God. From a very young age, we know that there is a God. We have an appreciation of our own being and we end up asking, “Who made me?” If we seek God’s truth, we conclude, as the Psalmist did, that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Today we have God’s written Word to read, and we have opportunities to hear the spoken Word in church, through the radio and TV, the internet, conferences, and many other means.

But rebellion, pride, and willful ignorance keep many from knowing God in our present day. Paul says of those who come to deny the existence of God:

“Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21).

“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).

PETER’S SIN AND REGRET

The Bible gives us another example of shame and regret through the life of the apostle Peter. John 13:37-38 describes the night of Christ’s betrayal. Following the Passover meal, Peter tells Jesus that he would lay down his life for Him. Jesus responds by telling Peter that before the night is over, he will deny knowing Him three times. True to Jesus’ word, later that evening, Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. Fear over losing his own life prompted Peter to deny the One he professed to love so much. (See John 18:15-27; Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75).

What a bitter pill to swallow. Peter had no idea he had such an appalling character weakness. Since Jesus knew Peter intimately, He saw and spoke of it to warn Peter. But Peter thought he was stronger and better than that, so unconvinced and prideful, he failed to heed the warning. Scripture tells us that after this incident, Peter wept bitterly (Luke 22:62).

We can identify with Peter for we’re all like him. We fail to see our true condition, our character weaknesses, and our inclination to deny Christ. We believe that we’re better than we are. We aren’t in tune with our deficiencies until the Holy Spirit gently reveals to us what’s really lurking inside our heart. And it’s only Christ’s transforming work in our heart that changes us.

After failing Christ, Peter gives us a beautiful example of what Christ’s forgiveness accomplished for him. Peter doesn’t let this unspeakable episode ruin the rest of his life or how he views himself. Rather than falling away, we see that Peter continues to grow in his faith.

Peter did in fact “strengthen his brothers” after turning back to Christ, as Jesus had foretold (Luke 22:32). Although he may have lived with shame and regret over his very public denial of Christ, his deepened understanding of the person and work of Christ overcame his shameful position of failure. He realized that if Christ didn’t hold anything against him, neither should he.

DEALING WITH GUILT FROM OUR PAST

Eventually a new Christian may ask: “How should I deal with guilt from my past before I became a Christian?” What about the sins I commit after becoming a Christian; are those forgiven too?

Guilt is a result of sin, and since we’ve all sinned, all of us have had to deal with feelings of guilt. Guilt can actually be a good thing, because guilty feelings drive us to seek forgiveness.

Jesus takes away our guilt and sin when we turn to Him for salvation. Repentance is the heart attitude and action that brings us to faith in Christ (Matthew 4:17).

“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."(Matthew 3:2, NLT).

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

Salvation is by grace and Jesus offers it freely. Accepting Jesus means you’re accepting the forgiveness He gives!

Christ is able to blot out our most dreadful sins. Unfortunately, even after becoming a Christian, we will continue to sin.  However, the will to sin should lesson as we grow in Christ’s likeness, yet, God in His grace continues to forgive us.

“But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).

God is willing to forgive us of all our sins when we confess them to Him.

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who have sex with men” (1 Corinthians 6:9).

Sin only keeps us out of the Kingdom of Heaven when we’re unwilling to repent of them or turn from them. It’s our pride that keeps us from God and Heaven—not our sin.

When we repent and receive forgiveness, God not only forgives our sin, but He chooses to forget it. Although at times we may recall our sins—God does not.

While we may come to forget our sin, we have an enemy who wants to continually remind us of them, to hold us under a sense of guilt. Satan works relentlessly to bring up our past and present failures. In chapter 12 of Revelation, we are assured that our enemy has been defeated. Knowing this, we’re not to relinquish our power.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down” (Revelation 12:10).

KING DAVID’S EXAMPLE

King David, in Psalm 32, gives us a wonderful example of someone who sinned terribly against God and others, yet found freedom from his sin and guilt. David was able to experience the reality and blessings of forgiveness. Psalm 51 pictures David acknowledging his sin in sorrow and imploring God to forgive him. The result: David experienced restoration and joy once again.

David is an example of how we can receive forgiveness after sinning and find restoration to move ahead. David knew God had forgiven him. He did not continue to seek forgiveness for sin already covered. From that point on, David moved on with his life. David’s sin with Bathsheba had consequences, but he had certainty that the confession of that sin made it an incident from his past.  He did not let it ruin his future or his future relationship with God.

When we come to Christ we become a new creation in Him. The “old nature” is inclined to be burdened by guilt for “missing the mark.” Yet God has said that the “new man” is to consider himself separated from the old nature that was without Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Unfortunately, many Christians live their lives with the memories from their past. Sadly, this is not the new life Christ has called us to, or the life He expects us to live based on His sacrifice to free us from our past. Like David, we are to consider ourselves dead to our past sin and the memories it produced. Christ buried those sins once-for-all and we’re to follow David’s example—by remembering them no more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Chapter 1

The causes of guilt and shame

 
People often use the terms shame and guilt interchangeably, but there’s a difference between the two.

Unlike shame, guilt can be a healthy emotion as it helps us acknowledge our mistakes—mistakes that we’re in need of correcting.  Guilt helps us think of ways to resolve our wrong-doing, and to rebuild our relationships with others and with God.

Shame, by contrast, is a distorted belief that we are inherently unworthy of love. Consequently, when we feel shame, we feel the need to be punished or penalized. A shame-based person doesn't know how to feel healthy guilt.

Both shame and guilt are falling short of a standard. Guilt results from violating a rule, law, or commandment. We feel guilt for failing a moral standard. Shame is related to dishonor, and it leaves us feeling unacceptable and bad.

We can feel both guilt and shame for the same act. When we tell a lie, we may feel guilty because we know that lying is wrong. We may feel shame for not being strong enough to overcome this weakness by telling the truth.

Guilt is relatively easy to deal with, but shame is more difficult, because is deals with the painful feelings we experience when we don’t live up to the expectations of others. Feelings like remorse and embarrassment come from a belief that we have let others down.

Societies have guiding values or principles. A person may feel the shame put upon them for going outside the community values and the expectations of others. We can feel shame when we violate our cultural and religious values.

Guilt and shame can function independently of each other too. This occurs when we do wrong, but we aren’t ashamed over it.

At times we may feel shame for things that are morally irrelevant. We may feel shame for coming from the wrong background, for being poor, for not having finished school, or for making poor moral and social choices. One of the greatest areas of shame is over our own body. We may feel shame when we’ve not controlled our physical or sexual appetite. This shame lets us know that in some way we don’t measure up to a standard.

Guilt and shame can also be opposite of each other. The Bible warns us against being ashamed of Christ. We usually don’t understand the mental and emotional consequences of this. Believing and being identified with Christ is a morally right thing to do as a Christian—yet, until we’ve matured in our faith, we may be reluctant to profess our faith, or feel guilt for not standing up for Christ when given an opportunity to do so.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Friday, May 9, 2014

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Monday, May 5, 2014

WHAT IS PRAYER?


Prayer is a two-way conversation with God and it’s the most intimate way to a relationship with your Creator. So when you pray, you’re sharing the depths of your spirit with God’s Spirit.

Prayer is our inner person expressing a desire for liberation, companionship, and spiritual connection with God. It comes from our need for assurance that God exists and that we are not alone on this earth.

Why does God want you to pray to Him? Because He longs to hear from you! For this is the reason He created you. When you pour your heart out to Him, He knows what truly matters to you. From this exchange, God will speak to you in your inner person, to your spirit.

Prayer provides us with needed direction, guidance, and above all wisdom. It also provides us with God’s peace, assurance, protection, provision, and healing. 

Scripture tells us that God has put eternity into the heart of every person. God did not put us in a void. The hollowness people feel in their heart was put there by God so that people would seek Him out. This is a natural yearning every individual was created with to discover their Creator.

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT)

How do we connect with our Creator?


This is done through prayer. God gave people two ways in which to know Him. He rooted in man a conscience, and that conscience has awareness of Him. God also made people aware of Him through His creation. Although that awareness can be rejected, nevertheless, people are created with it.

When one begins to contemplate their own existence and the existence of God, the Holy Spirit will begin to draw that person to their Creator. This can be done in many ways: by reading the Word of God, through a conviction, a sense that God is true, through hearing and responding to the gospel message, by listening to a testimony about the transforming power of God in the life of a previously lost person, etc. 

The Holy Spirit’s job is to convict, not to condemn, and He convicts a person who hears the gospel. That conviction compels a person to call out to God through prayer.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NLT)
 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT GUILT AND SHAME.


The Bible has numerous examples of people who felt guilt, shame, and regret over their past. Those who overcame looked to God—and found that God’s solution to their problem of sin was forgiveness.

Shame tends to isolate us as we feel alone and outside of society. It leaves us feeling vulnerable as we believe others can sense our shame, and it plays havoc with our self-esteem. Some come to accept it as punishment for violating cultural and moral values, but its effects are always damaging to our self image.

God did not create you in shame, or for shame, nor did He create you to be alone. He created you for fellowship with Himself and others. It is Satan who feeds your mind with thoughts of worthlessness, and thus he works to isolate you. Most people with low self-esteem believe they are the only one in their predicament. This is always Satan’s work.

Reading the Bible reminds us of just how many of God’s “chosen” people failed Him in some way. The human condition of imperfection is known by all people—not just you!

The gospel shows us the way—the way to a new and better life in Christ. Parables were written to show us the positive changes that God’s forgiveness brings to all people regardless of their shortcomings, sin, shame, or guilt.

The Bible is our present-day guidebook. We draw strength and encouragement to turn from our past life of sin, and receive God’s forgiveness when we humble ourselves and ask Him to forgive us.

Jesus heals us from the deep and long-lasting effects of disgrace. His forgiveness frees us from the degradation that holds us captive and makes us slaves. No one else can do that for us.

"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)

 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14-15).
Taken from my book: "BREAKING FREE FROM GUILT AND SHAME"  Found at Amazon.     Click on link:  http://www.amazon.com/Lilliet-Garrison/e/B004H28MCU 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

JESUS GIVES US THREE REASONS WHY WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY OR BE FEARFUL.


Jesus understood our natural tendency to become worried so He taught us the proper way to respond to it. In Matthew 6:25-34, He reveals to us why we don’t need to worry. He assures us that if He cares for the least of His creation—the birds of the air and the flowers of the field—He will surely care for us as we are more important to Him than these.

Jesus gives us three key reasons why we don’t have to worry or be fearful.


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)

The King James Version uses “thought” to translate the Greek, but the context makes it clear that Jesus was discussing anxious thought or worry.

In New Testament times, the word “worry” meant having a fretful devotion to something. More than a mild concern, worry refers to a compelling anxiety, a concern that overwhelms us and disrupts our lives.

When we learn to trust Jesus to meet our daily needs, we conquer the pattern of worrying. When we learn to stop worrying about the basics of life, such as food, clothing, and shelter, we’ll conquer the other fears that we face.

Where did the tendency to worry originate?


Humans come into this world with basic needs. If those needs are met appropriately, people will grow and thrive as their Creator intended. Man’s Creator is God, and God had a plan from the beginning to meet people’s needs.

God made humanity for His own good pleasure—to enjoy relationship with him. God also made men and women “in need.” This need was intentional, for God wanted people to have a need, or desire for Him, as He did for them.

People need each other—that’s what relationship is. God couldn’t have a personal relationship with the people He created, if they had no need of relationship with Him in return.

God is infinitely creative and diverse, and in that diversity He sought the give and take that relationship with people requires. What does that mean for God? He created us with the capacity to think, reason, create, contemplate, and work as He does. We have the ability to express emotion and to love Him in return for loving us first. This is the heart of relationship.

People need God the way a newborn needs its mother. If a newborn’s needs are not met, it will fail to thrive and may even die.

Although adults have the capability to care for themselves within limits, they don’t have the ability to produce without God first providing the raw materials. We can grow our own food, but we can’t create the seed.  God made the first seed and it’s through His creative hand that we are able to produce food from these seeds.

We weren’t around when God made the sun, water, and soil that provides for the plant’s nourishment. So even in the smallest of details, God did His part first, by supplying what we would need to sustain life. This is the most fundamental way in which God meets people’s need.

God provided the elements needed to make our clothing, the seedlings for trees to grow that provide us with shelter and fire for warmth. We don’t have the ability to make the raw materials needed for our very survival, although we have the ability to take what God has supplied and use it for our good.

Many people are ungrateful to God because they don’t consider how He meets our most basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Human life is short and our life is more than getting our basic needs met. We must ask ourselves how we came into existence and for what reason. God reveals Himself in our everyday lives as we contemplate our being.

When our minds and hearts are closed to God, we don’t grasp the concept of a personal God who delights in having an intimate relationship with us. We worry because we subconsciously know that we don’t have the ability to create everything we need to sustain life, and this makes us feel vulnerable and helpless. Our neediness causes us to worry and be anxious.

When we believe we won’t get our physical and emotional needs met, we worry. If worry continues long enough, it turns into anxiety and panic attacks. Eventually emotional disturbances such as depression, addictions, strongholds, and ultimately psychosis may emerge.

This is why Jesus taught so frequently on the topic of worry and why He continually stressed “fear not.” God has gifted us with our very own internal awareness of Him–(through our conscience and through His creation). He tells us not to worry about our basic human needs because for Him—they’re the “givens.” It should be a “given” that fathers take care of their children. (I know that not all earthly fathers properly take care for their offspring, but that was not God’s original intent for people. This disorder came as a result of being separated from the Father and because people choose to go against His “perfect” will for their lives.)

Our needs make up what we call our “human givens.” God meets our needs, or our givens, when we acknowledge Him and the place He desires to have in our life. He becomes our Heavenly Father and meets our most basic needs when we ask His Son, Jesus, to come into our heart and change us.

God’s Word tells us that our basic need of food, clothing, and shelter are so fundamental, in fact, that if we would get to know our Heavenly Father we wouldn’t spend any time worrying about these things. In other words, this concept is so elementary to the Christian faith, that there’s no need to worry about them.
When people understand, and then choose to believe that their Heavenly Father will take good care of them, they won’t become insecure, anxious, depressed, or inclined towards escapism through addiction. God is a good God who loves His children unconditionally and He delights in caring for them. Beyond basic needs though, God wants us to know that He created us for so much more. He created us for spiritual intimacy, companionship, and for significance.

Excerpt taken from my newest book: "Don't Be A Worry Wart - Accept God's Peace and Change Your Life." 
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FREE KINDLE BOOK: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, Growing Spiritually Mature in an Immature World.

Today through 3-26-2014, my book "A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, Growing Spiritually Mature in an Immature World" is free on Amazon/Kindle.
 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

FREE: Chapter 1 of my book: "GETTING UNSTUCK - Moving Beyond What's Holding You Back"

 
"GETTING UNSTUCK - Moving Beyond What's Holding You Back."
 
 
This book is currently FREE on Amazon/Kindle.
 
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LIFE IS MORE THAN A BOARD GAME

“Run with determination the race that lies before us.” (Hebrews 12:1, TEV)

 
Trivial Pursuit was an enormously popular board game in the early 1980’s. The object of the game was to correctly answer basic knowledge and popular culture questions in order to win the game. Just as board games have an objective, so do our lives.

Those who repeatedly win, understand the rules of the game and what leads to success. They think seriously about the outcome. They strategize on how to win. No one sits down to a board game hoping they will lose. Yet, countless people live their lives as if it were a board game with no final purpose. They play with no understanding of the rules or knowledge of the desired outcome.

Whether you realize it or not, your life has an objective, a purpose. Your objective was set by God and it is God who gives us the rules to the game. His instructions for winning are written in His Word. The Bible makes our objective clear: Discover His plan for our life and then wholeheartedly pursue it to win. God expects us to take seriously His objective for our life.


The Bible describes our life as a race. This all-important pursuit demands determination to win the prize at the end. All races have obstacles, and runners who anticipate and steer clear of them are able to avoid falling. Falling in a race has serious consequences. If we’re down too long, we may not be able to complete the race, let alone win it.

Our Christian race begins the moment we receive Christ as Savior. Running to win, demands great endurance and the understanding that our race is a marathon and not a sprint.  The key to this race is not in how fast we start, but in how consistently we run it.

Negative attitudes and sinful behaviors are obstacles to finishing our competition well. The very fact that the author of Hebrews writes that our race must be run with endurance, tells us that there’s danger in not finishing what we started.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)

What are the obstacles to our faith? They’re the things that hold us back and keep us ensnared. Encumbrances, entrapments, and sin hinder our race as they wrap around our feet and trip us up. If we don’t understand Satan’s strategy of keeping us from our finish line, we won’t steer clear of the obstacles he employs to keep us down.


Your outer world is a reflection of what’s going on in your inner world. That inner world is reflected in your thinking and actions and will determine, to a large degree, what you will draw to yourself.

Your perceived identity becomes extremely important, as it often determines what you believe you can and can’t accomplish in your lifetime.

As we accumulate life experience, there’s a tendency to allow negative experiences to define us. If you allow a faulty self-image to define you, then you will limit your future potential. Negative attitudes towards God and His goodness, and an incorrect view of yourself, will keep you from running to win.

The deception that comes with wrong thinking becomes our baggage over time. We develop “issues” when we don’t have a correct understanding of God or a meaningful relationship with Him.

Even after becoming a Christian, it’s difficult to progress on our spiritual journey without clear knowledge of why God created us and for what purpose.  Out of immense love and desire, God created us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Without wisdom and understanding of God’s true intentions towards us, we’ll get distracted by the iniquity that continually surrounds us. It’s easy to give our love to other things and people when we don’t understand how deeply God loves us and wants us as His own.

Personal sin hinders our ability to enjoy intimacy with our Father. It keeps us distracted and soon we lose our motivation to run with endurance and perseverance. Endurance is needed to run a marathon. The Christian who overcomes to the end understands the unique demands of a marathon. The body and mind must be conditioned first. Daily practice produces strength as more time and distance is added. In time, her body becomes strong and her mind becomes clear.

She has learned to endure. She’s grown consistently faster and is prepared for the day of the race. She’s built up stamina and she knows she can win. She’s learned to push past the obstacles, injuries, and pain. She’s single minded. She’s persisted for months, perhaps years, to run the race of her lifetime. She’s taken the race seriously and is determined to win the gold.

Unless we condition our mind and body and prepare for the twists and turns of life, we’ll not endure. The Apostle Paul used metaphors of athletic competition and winning to illustrate how we’re to view our life.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

This prize results in gaining something we can’t earn on our own merit. It’s the invitation and goodness of God reaching down to humanity to come and enjoy abundant life and eternity with Him. The believer has a beautiful eternal destination filled with infinite love, joy, family, tranquility, and glorious worship.

Heaven was designed by God as the eternal home for His children. It’s a magnificent place, as we’re surrounded by other believers who desire nothing more than to worship their Heavenly Father.

Those who don’t take seriously God’s call to each person to explore the purpose and customized, individual plan He has for them, won’t inherit this coveted place. They don’t understand that a prize can be attained, or that a curse results for refusing to run the race at all.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8)


Encumbrances (hindrances), entanglements, and sin hold us back. They bruise and batter our self-image as we continually fall under their weight. They’re the things that sidetrack us and divert our attention, pulling us off the course God calls us to run.

Our unawareness of what’s hindering our race will keep us from finishing strong. To “lay aside every encumbrance” simply means to put off all that detracts us—every sin that would trip us.

For some it could be pride; for others, discouragement, idleness, apathy, greed, ambition, or sensuality.

For many of us it will be the sins we freely indulged in before we became Christians. When we don’t earnestly pursue our relationship with the Lord and seek, with diligence, to transform our mind through His Word, we may return to these same pitfalls. Until we grow in our faith and understanding, we’re susceptible to wandering.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

The Christian race will be a struggle for those who don’t see themselves as weak or in need. Not seeing ourselves clearly will hold us back.

Spiritual pride keeps many from asking God for the very help they’re in need of. When we acknowledge our weaknesses and ask God for His strength, He goes to work on us and make us more like Him. The more we ask Him to help us develop a deeper love and reverence for Him, the more we’re able to finish our race and keep our eye on the trophy ahead.

Running with patience means we understand that we have weaknesses, but our focus is not solely on them. Our focus is on our confidence in God and how He strengthens us in spite of our failings. The Bible tells us that when we are weak—He is strong. With His strength, we’re able to endure to the finish line. He helps us to not grow faint, weary, or to give up. Paul said:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

We can draw encouragement by knowing multitudes have run the same race before us. From Heaven, these believers are cheering us on to persevere in our race, just as they did.
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