Seek God’s Face First

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

We all have an order to our lives, don’t we? When we get up we have a routine and when we tackle different situations, we have a certain way that we do things. When you come to God, there is a method as well.

A method, you say? Yes, God has order to His life and, as a father, He wants to teach order to His children. If you are a parent then you know what I am talking about.

God is not necessarily hard to understand, but many people have such strong misconceptions that they blame Him when they don’t get what they want.

Let’s begin at the beginning. God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. That means we must meet Him where He resides. So, in order to worship Him or communicate with Him in spirit, we need His spirit within us. But, we’ll get back to that in a minute.

Realize this: God is not a genie. When we want something He doesn’t just show up to grant our wish. He does all of the work and we get none of the responsibility. Sounds good? Wrong!

If you have ever watched your kids or the kids of your friends, they don’t take very good care of things that they didn’t sweat and toil over. When you have a personal stake invested, then you take better care of those things. There is a lesson here and God is all about lessons that help us to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

If you are treating God like your own personal genie, then you have missed the point of the relationship process and are selling yourself short. God is loving, caring, powerful, protective, prosperous, loyal and a good listener. There are many other awesome characteristics but there is not room here to record them all.

God wants to get to know you and desires for you to understand Him. When you do, He can show you the deepest reaches of Himself. The revelations will bless your soul and your life.

As humans, there is something innately lacking in our lives. It is the place where God is supposed to reside. That missing puzzle piece is returned to its space when we give our lives back to Him. That starts by asking Him to come into your heart. That invites the Holy Spirit to come into your life and get to work on your life from the inside out.

You might say that you need help with a problem right away and that is what God is for, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. God knows everything that you need in your life. He wants us to talk to Him about it because it shows that we trust our issues to Him.

But, remember what we said about how you view something that you have a vested interest in? When God helps you to solve your problems you learn. He is to be your first stop when you have a problem and not the last resort. We always encounter many more problems than we needed to when we do that.

Additional Scriptures:

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

-          Hebrews 11:6

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But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.

-          Deuteronomy 4:29

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, peace, joy , power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

God Knows Your Situation

August 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day: Psalm 139:16

You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

Would it surprise you to know that the one person that knows all about you is God? There is nothing that we can ever hide from Him. It states earlier in the same psalm that darkness is just the same as light to Him. That means that God can see in the dark without the benefit of night vision goggles!

As humans, we desire closeness with others. We want someone else to share the journey on this Earth with whether a love interest, family or a dear friend. This covers the three types of love talked about in the Bible: Eros, agape and philos, respectively.

It is through the second, agape, that God sees and cares what happens to us. His unconditional love is just like that of a parent. When we go through trials and tribulations, He is affected also. He sheds tears when we are hurt. He laughs when we are joyful.

So, it would stand to reason that there is not a situation in our lives that would either surprise Him or deter Him from helping us. Trouble that comes our way due to our actions has consequences but God is there to also restore us and make sure we understand the lesson. When it is no fault of our own, He picks us up and carries us through the storm.

Prayer Suggestions: Don’t hesitate to tell God everything that is going on – He already knows anyway. Your confession is a sign that you trust Him.

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book , God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, peace, joy, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Why Did this Happen to Me

August 25, 2010 by  
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Have you ever asked this question? Of all the questions that a person could ask of God, this is probably the most common one and also the one whose answer is not ever straightforward.

The title here implies that something bad has occurred. No one seems to ask God why they were given a blessing but always want to know what is going on when things are going more or less not according to plan.

Take a look in the mirror and examine our eyes. They are said to be the windows to the soul. The situations we have experienced through our eyes leave a profound impact on our lives – a pedestrian hit by a speeding car; a store owner shot in a robbery, a child abused by their caregivers. Or, the person you are seeing could be yourself experiencing something harsh in your life.

There is one thing that you need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt: when you follow God, He works out all things for your good. This doesn’t mean that everything that happens to you will start off that way, but it will end up benefiting you. And, God is a god of love and peace, not hatred and chaos. When bad or unfavorable things happen and affect us, He is affected too.

God has a plan for each of our lives. The only way to know it and fulfill it is to follow him. Many people have troubles because they are not taking the path that leads to who God wants us to be.

Each person has a race to run in this life. It is not solely about what we accumulate along the way, who we fall in love with or how many friends we have that determines the course and purpose of our lives. It is our willingness to follow the Master wherever He leads.

As you may have already suspected, God’s thoughts and God’s ways are higher than our ways. We don’t always know why things happen but whatever has gone on in your life, God can turn it into something good not only for you but also for someone else.

Let’s look at Joseph in the Bible for a moment. He had a gift from God. Through the jealousy of his brothers, he was sold into slavery and his father told that he was dead. Yes this was wrong and Joseph had to suffer for it, but God never left him.

During that experience, he ended up in Potiphar’s house and in another sticky situation. His wife accuses Joseph of rape because he rejected her advanced. That lands him in prison for two years! During this time, he interprets a dream for the pharaoh and lands a job as his Number 1.

There are two lessons here: Joseph was treated unfairly but he didn’t stop loving and following God. Through that, God was able to turn his situation into something good and prosper him at the same time. And, what God does for one, he will do for all.

Additional Scriptures:

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

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.-
-Genesis 50:20

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, joy , peace , power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God is With You Always

August 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day:  Matthew 28:20

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Remember when you were young and your friends challenged you to a dare? Maybe it was to walk up to the house of the scariest neighbor in town and ring the doorbell. The scariest part was that you had to do it alone.

You may not be ringing any scary doorbells in the moonlight, but there are situations that we encounter that we would rather not face alone: divorce, death of a family member, eviction, new job, and new location. Just having someone there makes all the difference.

Friends can do a lot of things but they can’t be everywhere at once. Today your friend may be able to accompany you to court but two weeks from now, they may be busy. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care but they have a life to. We are, after all, only human.

But, there is someone who will be there always if you let Him. God told His disciples that even though He was sending them into unknown places to proclaim the Gospel, He would be with them. The Holy Spirit is our protector and God’s constant presence in our lives. Welcome His presence and help always but especially in difficult times when you need someone to weather the storm with you.

Prayer Suggestions: Welcome God into your life and He will stay by your side through the laughter and the tears.

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love , joy , peace , power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God is Our Hope

August 20, 2010 by  
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What is hope? Some people characterize it as never giving up. Others see it as a motivation to endure hard times knowing that something better is ahead. It can be both of these things and more when the source of your hope is God.

Hope and faith are inextricably linked. In the book of Hebrews, Paul says that when we hope for what we cannot see, that is faith. In the book of Jeremiah, God told the Israelites that His plan was not to harm them but to see that they had a future and that it was filled with hope.

To get a better view of what it means to hope when the going gets rough, let’s look at Job. Remember him? He was the upright and just man living in the land of Uz. One day, Satan asked God for Job. Satan believed that someone so just was only that because he had never known a hard day in his life. If he did, he would not be so ready to live such a godly life.

Therefore, God allowed Satan to tempt Job. Some may call this cruel or say that it exhibits how God really sees us – pawns in a game. Neither of these things is true.

Let’s face it. Life is hard. And, many of the hardships are not due to God’s hand. People have free will and often their expression of their “rights” may infringe on yours. But, God is nothing if not faithful to those who love Him. He will rescue us from all our troubles, if not help us to avoid some of them.

Now back to Job. He knew God but when he lost his entire family in a freak accident, he was deeply saddened. He also lost all that he owned. You see, Job was wealthy. That is another sticking point that diminishes us. We may lose some things but as long as we have our money, we still feel a measure of security, however false.

Job tore his clothing (as was the custom) and rubbed ashes all over him. When his health was threatened, his friends saw a chance to jump in and give Job the benefit if their advice to stop all the nonsense.

It is not uncommon to feel sad when things go wrong or when it seems that the weight of the world is crushing in on us. Becoming emotional has nothing to do with faith or hope. It is a response to what has happened. We may even wallow in self-pity (though hopefully not in the dirt and ash) as Job also did.

Job’s friends, as no doubt our friends would do, gave him advice. They went from trying to comfort him to blaming and condemning him as an unrepentant sinner. For a time, he agreed with his friends and wondered if God had left him.

But, Job reached a point where instead of looking at the present circumstances, he began to remember the past and God’s faithfulness. Those memories began to give him strength and an unnatural hope that all would be well eventually because of what he already know about his God.

In all situations God is our hope. We come to realize that when we turn the corner in our sadness and pity and remember who God really is. He is the Supreme Creator, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star and the Almighty God. That will never change no matter what comes our way. We can count on God to come to our rescue when the time is right.

Additional Scriptures:

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
-          Psalm 25:5

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No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
-          Psalm 147:11

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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
-          Jeremiah 17:7

Robert Moment is a personal growth and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, joy, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

The God of Impossibility

August 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day: Ephesians 3:20

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

I like surprises don’t you? The good kind I mean. You are looking to buy a car that will get you from point A to point B (four wheels, at least two doors and a working engine) and you wind up with a new car for what you were going to spend on a basic model. Surprise!

How about this one: You are looking for a job to help pay the bills and end up with a management position at a company that you didn’t even think you were qualified to work at. Surprise!

As humans, most of us have one of two shortcomings: Either we think too much of ourselves or we think too little. Today we are focused on those who think too little. God created us in His image as His children. For this loving Father, He wants the best for us.

As Creator of the Universe, the world is literally at His feet. We can ask for anything so why do we insult Him by asking for so little? Do we think He can’t provide the top-notch job or the best car on the lot?

No matter how impossible our situation seems, that doesn’t have a thing to do with our God. Don’t look at how big the problem is; look at how big your God is. For His children there is nothing that He wouldn’t or couldn’t give us. The sky’s the limit!

Prayer Suggestions: When you go before the throne of grace, ask God for what you want. Anything less is an insult.

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, peace, power , joy , and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.