Trust God When He Seems Far Away

September 30, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Isaiah 40:31

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

What is happening when it seems like God is not answering you? It can be a lonely and low point in your life, but it doesn’t have to be when you understand God’s nature.

Know this: God answers all prayers. For those who follow Him, He says that your prayers are powerful and effective. What we have trouble with is the timing of those answers.

Sometimes, God’s answer to us is “not yet.” It can be a hard pill to swallow especially when the need seems so urgent to us. But, these are the times when your faith kicks in. Faith learns how to wait patiently for God to show up in your life.

There is a difference. Waiting impatiently leads to unhappiness, disobedience and other paths that don’t lead anywhere good. Through patience, your faith in God leads you to continue to lift up prayers for others, praise Him daily, count your blessings and live as a blessing to others. This way, you stay encouraged and confident in God’s wisdom and love.

Before you know it, God answers that prayer. It probably won’t be in the way that you thought which will bring a smile and a laugh of gratitude that God is the boss and not you. Each waiting period brings tons of strength-training opportunities.

Prayer Suggestion: I know you hear me Lord, even though you seem far away. I will continue to praise and trust you in the meantime.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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We are Who God Says We are

September 28, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Romans 8:14-16

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father. 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Words hurt. The first encounter you had with this was probably as a child in school. For some people, being called names by others affects how they feel about themselves. As an adult, the problem gets worse.

The reality is that you can’t do anything about what other people call you, good or bad. What you can control is what name you will answer to and how you will respond. Our first instinct is to react in kind and hurt them as much as they hurt us, but that is not God’s way. It only continues the cycle of hurt and pain.

Read the scriptures above. Living your life as the person others decide you are to be makes you a slave. You are under their control when you change who you are supposed to be to suit them. If you believe that you are worthless based on someone else’s assessment, then you will live a defeated life.

Stand up for yourself in the name of Jesus Christ. You are the child of a King! God has dominion over everything and everyone. Accept His opinion of you over all others because His only motive is love.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, teach me to believe in my soul that I am who You say I am. Remind me again when others try to tear me down with their words.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God is Our Supreme Giver

September 25, 2009 by  
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No one can beat God at giving. He gave the ultimate for us – His Son. There is a lesson that can be learned from His example.

Actually there is more than one lesson to be learned here. First of all, society has a warped sense of what it means to give. They tout giving on Christmas, Easter and birthdays but not much else. When you give at other times it is either to benefit you or for the media value.

That sounds harsh but it is true. Even giving to good causes is a fashion statement. Giving because you desire to help another is not a natural thing. How could it be? Because we were born into sin, it goes against our human nature to do any good without selfish motives.

It’s a good thing that God came to save us. Without Jesus, we’d be lost to Satan who does nothing for anyone else but cause pain. Living in this life without any hope in sight would be a fate worse than death.

God could have been like the world if He wanted to. The people He sent Jesus to ridiculed, beat and wanted to kill Him. In one fell swoop, He could have wiped us out and spared Jesus death on the cross. He didn’t and we are still here.

That would have been the easy way out. Humanity wouldn’t have learned a thing about God or living for Him. Instead, He gave us Jesus’ example in His Word. As you read it, ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand exactly what the words are saying.

In God’s world, giving to others equals eternal and temporal reward. Eternally, we are storing “treasures” in heaven. Each male and female must stand before God one day and give account for their life. What you do for His glory is to your credit.

Temporally, God does bless those who bless others. The things that He gives to us in our lives are on loan. God gave you your home, clothing, food and other amenities you enjoy on a daily basis. As such, we are to bless others around us with His gracious bounty. No, you can’t take it with you, but you can enjoy it while you are here.

Giving does not just mean your possessions (including money). Sometimes, giving money is the easy way out of doing something more for someone who needs it. Give your time, talents, love and understanding. It is a little piece of God that we share with others. Best of all, God has enough of everything good to refill us when we give all we have.

When God gives us something, have you noticed that it is definitely “top shelf”? He does nothing half way. What He blesses you with is going to be fabulous.

That is what we need to give to others and also back to God. Too many of us are willing to give our castoffs to others and expect them to be grateful. The point of giving is to part with something that has meaning. That way, it comes from the heart.

Jesus gave His time, His healing gift, His love and His understanding until He was spent. When your car has traveled over lots of miles, you head to the gas station to refuel. When your spiritual meter gets low, you head back to the Bible and prayer to refuel. If you haven’t had to refuel in a while, you aren’t giving nearly enough to others.

The blessings that God gives can never be matched. He gives the best fruit: peace, kindness, goodness, joy, love, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness and patience. And, don’t forget His unblemished lamb – Jesus. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that if we seek God’s kingdom first, everything else that we need will be provided.

Give until it hurts and then give some more. God will sustain you with more blessings when you give for His glory to those in need of His presence.

Additional Scriptures:

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

-          Luke 6:38

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“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

-          Matthew 6:3-4

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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If You Seek God, He Will Show Up

September 16, 2009 by  
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Have you ever looked for something and thought you knew where it was but still couldn’t find it? It can be frustrating. When you search for God, you won’t be disappointed in this way.

Right now you might be saying, “How can I find God if He is invisible?” God is a spirit who one day, we will see as He is. For right now, God uses believers to speak to each other and to non-believers. They deliver the message that God wants you to hear. It is thought the obedience of Christ’s followers that God speaks to us.

But, God is not limited to one method of communication. He is the Master of the Universe. He spoke to Moses through a burning bush. Nothing is beyond Him. He spoke to Joseph the carpenter through dreams.

God is not a “respecter of persons.” This means that He will do the same thing for you that He does for others. All of His promises are universal and for everyone. He may not bless you  both in the same way, but He will bless you.

Where is God then? He is as close as your heart. To find Him, read His word and pray to Him. You can get down on your knees or call out to Him while you are sitting at the kitchen table. God wants to hear from you as much as you want to hear from Him. Talk to Him like He was sitting right next to you.

God is not a magic genie. He will answer our prayers but he will not jump out of a lamp in your living room and present you with what you want. God desires more for you than just giving you everything that you desire. He wants to teach you to be like His son, Jesus.

God will show up when you search for Him, but will you know it? Think of it like having a radio. Even with the radio in your possession, it is of no use to you unless you can hear it. You will be no closer to knowing God if you can’t hear His voice.

The book of James, chapter 4, verse 2 says that “we have not because we ask not” (paraphrase). Give God a try. You have nothing to lose and everything in heaven to gain. Ask Him to come into your life and heal your hurts. Ask Him to help you find work to support your family. Ask Him to take away your sinful nature and make you like Christ.

The only requirement that God makes is that you seek Him with your entire heart. When God has your heart, He can use your heart to distinguish His voice. You will hear His answers to your prayers through the preacher on Sunday morning, the apology from someone who has hurt you, the job offer that seemed to come out of nowhere or the friend who offers their support when you are ill. God uses people but only your heart will let you know that it is God blessing you through them.

Exercise your faith. Call on God right now and believe that you will see Him work in your life.

Additional Scriptures:

“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

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

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Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.

-Psalm 27:13

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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The Power of Kindness – The God Principle

September 14, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Luke 6:37-38

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

The world is desperately in need of a new way of thinking. Often the Word of God is perverted with such sayings as “do unto others before they can do unto you.” the mentality of some is to do whatever it takes to reach the top. You can ask the ones who have been jailed for criminal schemes how it works for them now.

Why is kindness and grace withheld from others when God has been so generous? Maybe you have been hurt by someone at some point. The human response would be to mistrust others. Jesus was treated badly but he still prayed for his offenders.

The God Principle is contrary to anything that the world is teaching. With the God Principle, gaining favor in your life is dependent on what you do for others. See, most people give that same look when they hear it. Jesus, the Son of God, took off his tunic and washed the feet of his disciples. A foot washing was thought to be menial work. Jesus saw it as serving others and therefore serving God.

God wants us to share what He has done for us with others. Every time we extend a helping hand to someone, whether they deserve it or not in our minds, God is honored and a life is changed. Because you are being obedient, God will bless your life in untold ways. Kindness has its privileges.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to put people in your path today who need to see Jesus.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God Understands it All

September 11, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: John 3:16-17

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

It may seem at times that you are all alone in your agony. Friends and family just don’t seem to “get it.” Have you considered God?

He knows all about this world we live in and the pressures and problems we face. Because the world is not perfect, living in it is a challenge. That is why God sent Jesus to show us how to live at peace with and have victory in the here and now. Being an all-knowing God, He knew the outcome of sending his Son to live among a fallen generation. And, He sent him anyway.

Jesus lived as we live: He grew from a baby, living with parents who were not the wealthiest people around. He had to live with brothers and sisters and you know how that can be. He dealt with prejudice, disease, despair, hunger, death and heartache. It sounds like many of the issues that we deal with in our lives.

Jesus knew firsthand what type of toll these situations and others could have on the mind and the body. Through his connection with God, he faced them through prayer and time alone with Him. His life serves as an example of how we are to live in the world today. Yes, Jesus lived on earth over 2,000 years ago but human nature has not changed in all that time. Despair is still despair.

God knows intimately what you go through on a daily basis. He is there at every turn just waiting for you to seek His love and guidance. He gave His Son for the chance to hear and help you. He loves you that much.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray that God will share His wisdom with you and bring peace in difficult times.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God is Our Sustainer

September 9, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Philippians 4:6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray for everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

What is the reason that you get out of bed in the morning? Of course you have to go to work so that you can make money but what drives you to even do that?

Think about lifting a heavy load. It might be awkward in shape and throw you off balance. But, when someone else helps you carry that load, it doesn’t seem so heavy and you can regain your center. God is a lot like that person who comes along to help shoulder the load. The difference being that instead of carrying the load itself, He carries you.

How does He carry us, you might ask? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was preparing for his crucifixion, he told his disciples that when he went away God would send them a Comforter. That is the spirit of God that inhabits every believer when they ask Him into their lives.

The Comforter is God’s promise to you of His presence always and through every problem that you face. People have described the spirit as a “still small voice” or a kind of “knowing.” However God manifests Himself in your life it is first and foremost an act of faith. Without believing in His care and love, He could do nothing to enhance your life.

In Hebrew, Jehovah Jireh means “Lord God, Our Provider.” Abraham coined this phrase when he was given a ram in the bush to sacrifice instead of his son, Isaac. In your life, there has been more than one “ram in the bush” that God has provided – you just didn’t know it. When you give your life to Him, the reality of all that God does in your life is revealed. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without Him.

Prayer Suggestion: Instead of asking God to remove your mountains, ask Him to carry you over them.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God is a Guiding Light

September 7, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Exodus 13:21

“The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night.”

Have you ever noticed how dark it gets outside at night? If you’ve ever walked down a dirt road near dusk, when the sun goes down it’s like a blanket being pulled over your head. If you weren’t actually walking, you wouldn’t know up from down.

Walking in darkness is a scary experience that we wouldn’t want to experience more than once. Yet, many of us live in darkness every day of our lives. It’s time to turn on the light inside of you and see what’s going on.

King David remarked that the Word of God was a “lamp” and a “light” for him. It illuminated his way in an otherwise dark world. God’s Word is still a guiding light to you today. His principles are eternal.

The verse for today refers to the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. In the desert there are no lights. In order for the people to keep traveling they needed to see where they were going. God provided that light so they would not end up going in circles. Studying the Word of God today keeps you from going around in circles in your life.

One way that God leads is through the pages of the Bible. How do you handle temptation? Call on God for help and He promises to make a “way of escape.” What about planning for the future? Seek God first and He will guide you into making the right decisions for your life.

All of these answers come out of the Bible. It is a roadmap lighting the way towards abundance in this life and the next. And, abundance is overflowing blessing in every area of your life.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to shine a light on areas of your life that need His attention.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Filling the Void with God

September 4, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Have you ever received a package? When it is delivered, the package is heavy because it is filled with something. When you remove what’s inside, the box is empty. It usually ends up thrown out with the trash.

There are people who feel that their lives are like that box. You might even feel that way. At one time, life seemed full but then what gave them purpose was taken away leaving only emptiness. Suicide is like an empty life thrown on the trash heap.

Jesus told his disciples that they would encounter all manner of problems and desperate situations in their walk with him through the world, but to hold on to hope. At the time, he knew something that they didn’t. His death would serve to break the hold that Satan and this life have on us all.

Living in this world is not for the faint of heart. Nothing, even the things that we believe to be, is ever certain. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the listeners to store up treasures for themselves in Heaven. Now, that’s a long way to go for a storage space.

But, you don’t have to travel anywhere. The storage space is located inside of you. Think about it: Every day, we surround ourselves with things we believe will make us happy. It could be a new car, new job, friends, love interest, or even food. But, because these things are tangible, they can be taken away. In the case of a love interest, they can withdraw their love without your permission.

God offers us His way of life and all that comes with it, which no living person can strip away from us. Even in the darkest times, His joy will fill us with peace.

Prayer Suggestion:

Ask God to fill every area of your life with His true peace, love and joy.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Ask God for Help

September 2, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Psalm 121:1-2

“I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the L
ord,
who made heaven and earth!”

Everyone needs help. We were put on this earth to help one another. Asking for help is another story entirely.

Depending on which generation you grew up in, there are all sorts of reasons to ask for or not to ask for help. Here’s one that is particularly wrong that many people believe: “Only weak people ask for help. If you are strong, you don’t need it.” That sounds like advice from way back. It needs to stay there.

In the New Testament, Jesus told the people that he came to seek and to save that which was lost. If you are lost, how are you going to find your way without help? On a trip, you may not ask for directions and eventually find your way, taking the roundabout route. There’s no harm or foul here except lost time. In your life, not seeking God’s help can lead to all sorts of situations that may prove disastrous and have lasting effects.

The best thing about seeking God’s help is that you don’t have to fill out a requisition form or make an appointment to get a little bit of His time. There are no rules except that you believe He exists and longs to do what is best for you. Talk to God in the shower, as you look for a parking spot at the grocery store, in the car, while cleaning, and anywhere else you happen to be.

It is not weakness to ask an Almighty God for help. In fact, it is pretty smart. When you want to know something, you go to the One who knows it all. Now your decisions will be built on a sure foundation. He will change your life into something that you never thought it could be.

Prayer Suggestion: Prayer is a conversation with God. Strike one up with Him throughout the day to stay connected to His power.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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