Never Underestimate and Limit God

January 27, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”          Ephesians 3:17-20

Why do we try to put God into a box?  God created all the boxes in the universe!  He’s only going to fit into one if He chooses to do so, and even then, that would be some box!  Yet we are constantly trying to squeeze God into a shape of our choosing.  Maybe we do this because we are trying to understand something that our minds cannot comprehend.

What we need to do instead is agree to not understand.  God’s love surpasses knowledge.  Our limited knowledge, our limited intellect, is human.  We are not supposed to understand yet.  And if we accept that, then we can find comfort and joy in the not knowing!

Once we accept God’s love, we become rooted and established in that holy love.  Our job is to work to understand the love, because the love surpasses knowledge.  If we suggest that something on earth cannot happen, then we are not seeking to understand how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ really is!  Why would we want to limit our God?  Don’t we want to be a part of something so unfathomable, so mysterious, so divine?  Once we agree to not understand, we can enter into a love so grand, it will fill us beyond the limits of ourselves, and spill out into the world, and into eternity.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, Please help me to stop trying to impose my human limitations on You.  I know that my knowledge cannot fully understand You.  Please help me glorify your mystery.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Pray Bold Prayers

January 25, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

A friend of mine recently said to me, “How can I pray about me finding a job when there are thousands of people out there without jobs?”  This line of thinking can be extended in many different directions.  How can we pray for a new church roof when thousands of people are homeless?  How can we pray for our children when there are thousands of starving orphans in Africa?

These questions can truly boggle our mind.  That’s why we need to rid our minds of these questions, and give them to God.  We can pray about the church roof and about the homeless people because God instructs us, through the apostle Paul, to pray about everything.

We don’t honestly know what is and isn’t important to God.  We don’t yet know the full scope of His plan.  By limiting our prayers, we are assuming that we do know God’s mind.

God wants us to pray about everything, the large and the small.  He wants us to lay it all on Him.  This is one of the reasons I love to listen to children pray.  They haven’t yet learned to be presumptuous enough to suggest what God wants them to pray about.  They just pray from their hearts.  I’ve heard a little girl ask God to protect the shadows on her walls and  a little boy pray for his beloved dog.
We can ask God to end wars.  We can ask Him to cure cancer.  We can ask Him for a new church roof.  That is the beauty of the power of prayer.  It is through Christ we are strong, and it should be through prayer that we are bold.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, please help me to be honest with You and pray what’s really on my heart.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God Direct My Path

January 22, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
~ Psalm 119: 105

Oftentimes, God’s will is a mystery.  It can be frustrated, when we feel like we’re left wondering what He wants us to do.  Sometimes we feel like we’re guessing, and then second-guessing ourselves.  It is in these in-between times, when we’re not sure where we’re being led, that we must lean on faith the most.

This faith can be strengthened by reading the Bible.  God’s Word will direct our paths, even if it feels like nothing’s happening.  We might read the Bible ten days in a row and feel like we’re not gleaning anything that can be applied to what’s happening in our lives at that moment, but then on the eleventh day, we encounter a bombshell verse that makes everything clear.

That is one reason why it is so important to read the Bible prayerfully.  We need to ask God to show us what He wants us to see in His word, to ask Him to guide us with His Scripture.

We also need to ask Him to let us know (We can request that He do it gently) when we’ve taken a wrong turn.  Sometimes we misinterpret His direction, or we listen to our own voices instead of His.  It is at these times, that we most need His guidance, but it is at these times that we might be the most resistant to accepting it.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear God, Please direct my path in every way.  Please show me Your will through Your Word and in my life.  And if I am on the wrong path, or about to make a wrong turn, please show me the right way.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Outlast Every Storm with God

January 20, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

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 40:31

There will be storms.  The Bible tells us that God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good.  Not just the good.  And He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  Not just the unrighteous.  Of course, this verse is not just talking about literal sunlight and rain, but about the metaphorical light and rain as well.  We will have sadness.  We will have afflictions.  People with faith still have to struggle with life.
The difference is:  People with faith don’t have to go it alone.  God wants us to lean on Him in difficult times.  He calls us to glorify Him when the roads are freshly paved, and when they are full of potholes.  Then the going gets tough, the faithful lean on God.  That’s the way He wants it to be.

He wants us to hope in Him, and it is this hope that will renew our strength, that will give us the power to soar like eagles, to run like champions, and to walk with courage and perseverance.

It’s sometimes difficult to swallow, but the Bible even tells us to rejoice in the storm.  Sounds almost silly to consider rejoicing when a tornado approaches our home, threatening to destroy everything we hold dear, but it is precisely in the face of such strong winds that we are called to rejoice, because it is these storms that force us to lean upon God.

With God on our side, we can weather whatever storms come our way.

Prayer Suggestion: Dear God, Please help me to hope in You.  Please renew my strength.  Please remind me to lean on You in the face of life’s storms.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Get to Know God Better

January 18, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
~Philippians 4:8

The more we get to know God, the more we want to know Him.  So how do we start?  He’s made it somewhat simple for us.  He’s given us options.

  • Scripture.  The key to God’s heart is written in His Holy Word, and by reading it and meditating on it, we will get to know God better.
  • Prayer.  When you want to get to know another person, don’t we usually start with conversation?  The same goes for God.  Talk to God.  He’s always listening.
  • Meditation.  You don’t have to sit with your legs crossed underneath you and rock back and forth.  You can meditate on good things on your commute to work, or before you fall asleep at night.  The Bible just tells us to think about good things, things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.  That is a pleasant command to follow!  Think about good things?  It’s that easy?
  • Nature.  We can get to know God better by taking a walk through the woods, or the park, or by putting some freshly cut flowers on our dining room table.  God created the world in all its beauty for us to enjoy, and for us to know Him through.  By gazing up at the stars, we get a glimpse of Who God can be.
  • Solitude.  Solitude is more difficult for some of us than for others.  Some of us have noisy, busy jobs.  Some of us have toddlers running around the house.  But all of us would be better off if we took a few minutes out of our day to be alone with God.  To be silent, to stare at the stars, or at the grass, or at the snow, and to pray, and to think about good things.

Prayer Suggestion: “God, help me get to know You better.  Help me find You in my life, in Your Word, in Your world, and in my heart.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Moving Forward on Faith

January 15, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:2

Be transformed.  By the renewing of your mind.  Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  People pay big bucks to therapists for transformation and renewing of the mind.  But real transformation, real renewal, comes from God.

Not conforming to the pattern of this world does not mean that believers cannot live in the world, cannot enjoy the world.  God created the world for us to enjoy.  It’s the destructive patterns of the world that God frees us from.  The cycles of fear and hatred.  The greed and envy.  Believers are transformed away from these destructive forces, and towards a new life of peace, love, and joy.  In this new life, we get to experience God’s will for us, his good and perfect will.  It is this new form of ourselves that gets to move forward on faith.

Once we are renewed, once we are transformed, we are invited to move forward, stepping out of ourselves and our human limitations and into God’s will.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Have you ever seen a mustard seed?  Ever held one in the palm of your hand?  Tiny, isn’t it?  The Bible tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to a mountain, “Get out of my way,” and it will move.  The Bible tells us that with faith as tiny as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for us.  Because we have been transformed.  Because we are no longer conformed to the patterns of this world.  Because the truth has set us free.  Free to move forward toward the awesome individuals God planned us to be, for the good purposes of His will.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, Please give me the courage to be transformed, to walk away from the patterns of this world and to walk towards Your love and Your will.  Help me to move forward on faith.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God Has a Pruning Process

January 13, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith.”
~ Proverbs 25:4

When gardeners prune bushes, they cut off dead or unsightly branches.  They do this for two reasons:  to make the bush more beautiful, and to improve growth.

God does the same thing with us.  He helps us to get rid of our dead branches, those things that have become part of us through life’s trials.  You know, the baggage we all carry around.  Sometimes, we are reluctant to let go of it, but it is this baggage, these dead or unsightly limbs, that keeps us from flourishing in God’s grace.  If we allow God to prune away these dead branches, we will be more ready and able to grow in our faith, and to grow as beautiful individuals designed in God’s image, for God’s purpose.  Do we really want dead branches getting in the way of such lofty goals?

This verse from Proverbs compares us to silver.  A silversmith has to heat up his metal, so that the dross will rise to the top, and he can scrape it off.  Sometimes God will apply a little pressure, a little heat, to our lives, so that our dross will become more visible, and He can help us scrape it off.  Then we are ready to be molded by the silversmith, by God.  Then we are ready to be beautiful, pure, gleaming silver, reflecting the light of God’s grace.

Change is difficult, but do any of us really want dead branches in our lives?  Wouldn’t any of us rather be heated up a little if it makes us shine more brightly?

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, please prune me for Your purpose.  I want to shine in Your grace.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God Knows How You are Feeling

January 11, 2010 by  
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During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He chose twelve disciples, or students. Their task was to learn about Him and follow His example. It wasn’t enough that they saw what Jesus did; they needed to understand why and how.

Why? He loved them. Jesus was human so He knew what they were feeling and how to address their concerns so they would know how to carry on after His crucifixion.

Today, Jesus is teaching us. And, just like His disciples, He understands how we are feeling and just how to deal with it. It’s not an easy thing to find someone who really knows what is going on inside your mind. God knew that and sent our Savior into the world.

The Lonely

We all seek intimacy. It could be sexual intimacy between a man and a woman, the love between a parent and child or the bonds of friendship that Jesus experienced with His disciples. No one wants to travel this earthly road alone and God doesn’t either. He created us to enjoy a relationship with Him. When you need someone to talk to about your problems, He is always there to listen.

You may be thinking that this is all well and good, but you still crave human companionship. When you seek intimacy with God first, He will give you everything that you need including a human friend, parent or parental figure and possibly a soul mate.

The Broken

Our lives can get broken through our own choices and/or that of others. There is a story in the Bible that compares God to a potter. We are the soft moist clay that is on His wheel being shaped into whatever He desires.

The potter doesn’t only create; He also fixes broken things. God takes the broken pieces of our lives and reshapes us with His loving hands. But, before He can do that, you have to be willing to give Him the pieces: your anger, resentment, hopelessness, despair and frustration.

The Victimized

Even though we know that God gives all of us free will, it is still hard to understand why bad things happen. When you’re the victim, you want to find justice for your suffering. The first step begins with your relationship to God.

Getting a guilty verdict from the courts doesn’t necessarily make the pain or the nightmares go away. God works on your heart to help you deal with the situation so that you are can continue to live victoriously.

The Trapped

Have you ever felt trapped in your life? After a while, it seems like you are on auto-pilot and just going through the motions. “Stop the world, I want to get off!”

God can use His transforming power to free you. To truly live a different life, add God to it. He will meet you were you are right now and work from the inside out to affect your emotions, thoughts, speech and your eternal soul.

The Anxious

With the state of the world today, people are worried. They worry about their jobs, homes, families, crime, health care and the like. Jesus told His disciples that they would encounter tribulations in their life but to remain hopeful because the end of the story had already been written. What that means is even though the world is in turmoil at times; your security is assured through God.

As a loving Father, He provides all of our needs when we need them. Take your concerns to God through prayer and trust Him for the outcome. No matter what you see or hear from others, the God of your life is working things out behind the scenes.

The Lost

There is a parable in the Bible about a lost sheep (Luke 15:4-6). When the shepherd realized the sheep was lost, he left the other ones in a safe place and expended his energy looking for the lost one. Once he found the sheep, he cradled him and rejoiced.

God doesn’t want any of His children to wander around in a daze. When you don’t know what to believe or who to turn to that might be how you feel. If you feel lost, pray. Believe that God can help you and He will. He unfolds the correct path before you one step at a time.

Are you worried that God doesn’t understand your situation? Then, tell Him. He already knows but He wants to hear it all from you, good and bad.

Additional Scriptures:

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

-          Philippians 4:6

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back”
]
says the Lord.

-          Romans 12:19

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Has Something Else in Mind

January 8, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Isaiah 55:11

“It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

There is a line from a contemporary gospel song that says, “God’s delay is not a denial.” God always answers prayer. It is just that sometimes the answer is no.

As a kid, you never wanted to hear the word, “No.” It always meant that you would leave empty handed. As adults, we feel the same way about that word. We have even equated that word with a lack of love.

God is nothing but love and can show only that. As a parent, you are called to often deny your children something that you know will hurt them. It is the same with God. The funny thing is that we know when we are asking for something that we really shouldn’t have. It’s just that we hope God will overlook that and give it to us anyway.

If we were granted everything that we wanted when we wanted it, how many of us would wind up in a mess? God sees the big picture. He wants us to have the best but that does require saying no to us.

Resist the urge to get mad at God during these times. Keep praying that He will give you the answer He wants and you need. He is the parent who always has your best interests at heart.

Prayer Suggestions: Let the same mind be in me that was in my Jesus. When my prayers line up with Your will, the answer will be “yes.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Divine Order

January 6, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

If you have ever taken a science class, then you have been introduced to order. In the universe, things happen at certain times and in certain ways. Some call it the “natural order of things.” In God’s realm, there is a divine order to things.

The verse above gives specific instructions as to how God’s people would receive forgiveness for their wayward actions. Unless they consciously acknowledged their sin and decided to change, their pleas wouldn’t be answered from Heaven.

It is like light and dark. Neither can exist in the same place at the same time. When you light a candle in the dark room, the darkness is pierced. That’s part of that natural order again.

In the spiritual realm, asking God for forgiveness begins the process of lighting up the dark places inside of you. Since God can’t exist in a dark place, one of them has to leave. If you are not ready to give your life to God wholeheartedly, then you have a big decision to make.

To receive God’s promise, you have to do your part first. Whether it is giving up a sin or changing a behavior, God makes it clear what has to happen and in what order. To gain true freedom, you have to first fall in line with God’s spiritual order.

Prayer Suggestions: You can’t live two separate lives in one body. Follow God or follow the world.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

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