The World is Full of Wounded People Wearing Masks

November 17, 2011 by  
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Have you heard the phrase, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? It’s true. Most of the time, people are not who they seem to be. You may be one of those people walking around right now.

Unless you have been outwardly wounded in some way, others can’t see your wounds. All wounds are not gaping holes or bleeding cuts. The worst looking ones are usually on the inside of us where no one can see and be disgusted.

That’s what people expect, you know. They think that others will be offended or disgusted when they see who you really are. Can she see that I used to do drugs? Does he know that my family is poor? They won’t talk to me anymore if they knew I had been sexually abused.

So, everyday you hide behind the mask. What is the mask? It’s smiles, laughter, a short temper, an indifferent attitude or acting clueless. You show whatever type of face or attitude that will keep the demons away.

The longer you do that, the less anything in your life will seem real. The mask is a lie and it will eat you alive. Satan likes masks. It lets him hide his true intentions from you. You may think that hiding your pain is helping you live but instead, it is holding you prisoner.

Here’s a scenario that everyone can relate to: Someone in your life hurts you. It could be physical, verbal or emotional. When it’s over, they walk away without apology or regret. Because they don’t care, you refuse to forgive them. That unforgiving attitude turns you into someone else. You lash out at people with your tongue or even your fists. All the while, the person who hurt you is walking around without any thought of you whatsoever.

Does this sound familiar? God wants to heal your wounds. Jesus died on the cross so that you could be free from bearing that pain alone (Isaiah 53:5).

If you’ve never read the Bible or it has been a long time, here are a few people you need to become acquainted with: The woman at the Well, the Samaritan woman, the woman with the issue of blood, the man by the pool of Bethesda. Most of these people are women but their gender doesn’t matter. What matters is how Jesus responded to them.

Their wound wasn’t always evident to others. But, their belief in Jesus healed the source of their pain. Living with your pain is not God’s will. He wants to heal your mind, body and soul through His love and your faith that He can do it.

This doesn’t mean that the pain goes away all at once. Sometimes physical infirmities stay with you as a lesson through your life to others who are suffering. God’s love turns an evil deed into something that can benefit your life and His message.

Many bitter people are holding on to pain. The wound has infected their entire life. Jesus came to save the ones who are lost and living with hidden pain is definitely living as a lost soul.

You might even be scared. Giving up the pain you have hidden for so long means you are opening yourself up to the possibility of more pain. But, God won’t hurt you. Let His healing wash out the fear and bring you back to life once again.

Additional Scriptures:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

-II Corinthians 12:8-9

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

-I Timothy 1:7

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“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

-John 16:33

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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God’s Powerful Message to Hurting Women- I Can Heal You

November 15, 2011 by  
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The number one question that people ask of God is why He allows suffering to come to them. This question has caused more than one pause for minister and layperson alike.

As a woman, it can seem like your suffering has gone unnoticed. After all, women are the keepers of the earth and home. You look after your families much like the woman mentioned in Proverbs 31. You don’t clothe them with scarlet but you do pray for them and that covers them with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with your own pain and hurt, there seems to be no one there for you. Maybe your heart is broken over a divorce. It could be that someone has brutalized you physically or mentally. You have learned to hide your pain and go on for the sake of the kids or for your livelihood. After all, the bills don’t stop coming because we are hurt.

Even at church on Sunday, you greet others with a smile that hides deep suffering inside. But how far can that really get you? Some women feel that there is strength in pain. The truth is that there is strength but not  that way.

When the hurt is that great, even your soul aches. In this life, it seems quite unfair that the deeds of the guilty can go unpunished. The only way that you see to stay in the “game of life” is to deny your pain and thus, a big part of yourself.

God wants you to know right now that  just will not do. Did you know that His heart is broken when your heart is broken? If Jesus wept for Lazarus in his death, he is surely weeping at the feet of the Almighty for your life. John 3:16 tells us that God loved every human being so much that He sent His only son, Jesus, to be a living sacrifice for us once and for all time. Does that sound like a God who doesn’t want your hurt to be healed?

God stands ready at the door of your heart to come in and change your life. There is one thing that you need to know: God is not like any man, woman or child that you have ever met. Even the most loving person in your life will let you down. It may not be their intention but it is human nature. God is not a man. He will never lie to you or make a promise to you that He doesn’t intend to keep. It’s time for you to hear God’s message of healing for your life.

Read the following verses:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.

-Lamentations 3:22-23

God desires to sustain you with His love. It is an everlasting love that no man or woman can understand. You have to accept it on faith. Remember the faith you had as a child? That same childlike faith is what God works through to heal your heart, mind and soul.

This is not just a promise for the believer but the non-believer as well. It is human nature to hold onto pain and try to rationalize how you feel about it. God says to cast the burden of that hurt on Him. Pray right now, wherever you are for God to heal every part of you from the pain that you are experiencing. Let Him be your strength.

Additional Scriptures:

To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

-Isaiah 61:3

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.

-Isaiah 40:31

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Women of the Bible

November 11, 2011 by  
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We all know the stories of the great men of the Bible. From Abraham, Moses and Noah through to the New Testament gospel writers and Paul, their stories are vital to our faith history. Yet the role of women in the Bible should not be understated. Stories of ordinary women with extraordinary strength and courage abound, giving inspiration and encouragement to women today.

In the Old Testament we find an array of such women. Sarah, wife of Abraham, possesses courage, patience and forbearance in abundance.  After leaving her home following God’s promise to Abraham that he would be ‘father of many nations’ (Gen 17:5) she pretends to be Abraham’s sister to save him from Pharoah. Unable to conceive a child, she allows Abraham to father a son with Hagar, a slave. As Sarah’s situation deteriorates, God rewards her faith and she conceives her son Isaac. God fulfils his promise to Abraham, and Sarah becomes the mother ‘of many nations’. (Genesis Chapters 12-21).

After years of infertility, Hannah, too, prayed desperately to God for a child. Weeping, she promised to give her son in service to the priests.  That son was Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament (1 Samuel 1).

Esther is chosen for marriage to King Xerxes who is unaware of her Jewish background.  Warned of a plot to destroy the Jewish people, Esther risks her life to save them by appealing directly to the King. Courageously she declares, ‘if I perish I perish’ (Esther 4:16).  Ultimately, Esther’s bravery saves her people and her actions are remembered in the Jewish Feast of Purim.

Ruth, a Moabite widow, followed her mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and became the grandmother of David from whose line Jesus is descended.

Most revered of all is Mary, mother of Jesus, a virgin when she conceived the son of God.  Mary trusted God with all her heart, responding to the angel who told her of God’s plans, ‘‘I am the Lord’s servant… May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38).   Her cousin Elizabeth, barren for many years, became the mother of John the Baptist.

In Acts Chapter 18, we find Priscilla, one of the earliest teachers of Christian theology. When Paul arrived in Corinth he worked for Priscilla and her husband Aquila, who were tentmakers.  Forming a close friendship with Paul, they accompanied him to Syria. Priscilla taught and organised Christian groups in her home, one of her most notable pupils being Apollos, a renowned Christian preacher in the first century.

Eve, Deborah, Rebekah, Tamar, Rahab in the Old Testament, Martha and Mary in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene, present at all of the crucial events in the life of Jesus and the first witness of the Resurrection; the list of women who responded to God’s call goes on.

God works in the ordinary, He works with us where we are today.  He calls to us and if we respond to our calling, He uses us where we are.  It doesn’t always include a miracle or a grand gesture of faith, it can often be in the context of our day to day lives.

Take heart and inspiration from Women in the Bible.  Read the countless stories of how God used these often ordinary women for extraordinary purposes. As you read, remember always that ‘nothing is impossible with God’. (Luke 1:37). Listen for His voice as you pray today and let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate your world.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Putting Faith into Action

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals, Faith

Reading for the day – James 2: 14-18

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

The way to put our faith into action is so obvious, that sometimes we tend to overlook it. We may get a bit entangled in all those teachings on high spiritual matters and forget the simple things of life. The Gospel of our Lord is simple, extremely simple and all its rules or laws, are too.

So, how do you put your faith into practice? You just do, what you believe. Just believing something in your heart is not enough. As long as your faith or conviction stays just inside of you, it stays dead. Faith makes you leap, while unbelief makes you wait.

It does not mean, you have to go ahead and do every thing, that comes to your mind. When it comes to faith, you have to be very careful. Make sure you believe the truth. Faith is like an investment. You have it, just be careful to invest it right. If you believe in truth, it is a sure and safe investment. If you believe in lies, it can ruin your life.

But, once you make sure, you believe the right thing, you have to take an action and bear fruit. If you believe God is the rewarder of faithful people, give money, sow and you will reap. Unless you physically sow, take an action and give, you won’t reap. If you believe, you have to go somewhere, go there. Do not waste your time believing it, but not taking any action.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray to the Lord to help you invest your faith in right words or ideas. Pray to Him to show you the truth and the way for your life, to believe it, hold fast to it and to act upon it.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Christian Women

When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, life is never the same again. If you have recently been told you have breast cancer, you will feel a variety of emotions such as fear, panic, depression, anger, and despair. It is natural to feel such emotions, but it is important at this time to realize that your life is not over. The key to fighting and defeating breast cancer is to live with hope, inspiration, and faith.

“Listen to me ! You can pray for anything and if you believe you will have it.”
– Mark 11:24

Take Control

Although breast cancer has forced its way into your life, you can take control of your life instead of letting cancer take control of you. Go to your doctor and ask what you can do to beat this disease. As well, go online and do research about new drugs and procedures emerging. Create a plan to take on cancer. It is vital that you are part of the decision making process regarding your health and well being.

Support System

It is important that you do not fight this battle on your own. It is essential that you have a strong support system that will be there with you on your journey. This can include your family, friends, online breast cancer support group, and traditional breast cancer support groups. Buy books written by women who have defeated cancer and are living happy lives. It will be a source of inspiration during the times you feel like giving up.

Live with Hope

It is important to maintain hope for your recovery. Maintaining hope and making positive changes in your life will help alleviate the symptoms and keep you focused on defeating the cancer. For instance, do things that make you laugh and feel good such as spending time with family and friends. Exercise daily and meditate to find your inner peace. Implement an anticancer diet. The more things you do to fight the disease, the more hope you will have that you will beat it. It is important to do things to reduce your stress, anxiety, and build your self confidence. You need to strengthen your ‘will’ to live.

 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”
— Isaiah 40:31

 Keep the Faith

Maintaining a strong spiritual awareness will help you keep focused on your recovery. It is important to count your blessings such as your family and friends. Think about all of the things in your life of which you feel grateful. Develop a close relationship with God. Praying is a very therapeutic spiritual experience as it gives you the strength to continue the fight as well as help you develop an inner peace and acceptance. It helps you grow your mind and spirit. The positive energy you create will give you the energy to fight the disease while maintaining a sense of peace. Engaging in spiritual activities will help you feel more hopeful.

 ”Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like an eagle.” Psalms 103:1-5

Live with Inspiration

Set goals for yourself. They do not have to be big goals. Take a nature walk and breathe in the beauty around you. Read inspirational books to learn how others succeeded in overcoming life’s biggest obstacles. Focus on how you will deal with the cancer, not why you got the cancer. It is important to accept your condition so that you can move forward in life. Read books or talk to a counselor or spiritual adviser on developing coping strategies that will help you get through the most difficult times.

Breast cancer affects each woman differently so it is important to develop a life strategy that meets your needs spiritually, emotionally, and physically, and provides the most help to ensuring you stay positive and focused. Improving your outlook on life by implementing the above tips can really make a positive difference. Maintaining love for yourself and others and appreciating the good things in your life will go a long way in helping you win the battle against breast cancer. When fighting breast cancer, live with hope, inspiration, and faith.

 “For nothing will be impossible with God”
– Luke 1:37

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Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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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 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 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.

God Will Speak to Me

July 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith

As we seek God’s guidance, we sometimes think it would be nice if we could hear Him clearly.  We find ourselves hoping for our own “burning bush” to point us in the right direction.  Does God still speak to us today?

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!  God does speak to us!”  But sometimes we don’t hear because we are listening for the wrong thing.  There isn’t always a clear and easy to understand answer, and most of us will never actually “hear” God’s voice in our ears.  But he speaks to us daily through our prayers, through Scripture, through our consciences and through the events He orchestrates to teach us and help us to grow spiritually.

Are you so busy listening for a voice in the night that you are missing opportunities to receive God’s word in the world around you?

God’s desire is for us to willingly wait until He is ready to reveal His Word, but we are often in a hurry, and may misinterpret or convince ourselves that He has told us something just because it is what we want to hear!  Don’t act in haste because you are tired of waiting for God to speak to you.  Seek his counsel and wait for His instruction to guide you, otherwise you may miss out on God’s finest and very best because you’ve taken a shortcut.

God speaks to us in many ways.  He speaks through His Word, our conscience, and the events around us.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
- Jeremiah 33:3

The Bible is filled with God speaking His Word.  This is literally the revealed Word of God, and is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.  God is eternal and so are His Words!  They do not change with the passage of time, so if you want to hear Him speaking clearly, read His Word.

“All Scripture is God-created and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our conscience is one of the most profound ways that God speaks to us today.  Think about it – whenever your conscience bothers you, isn’t it because you’ve done something that is contrary to God’s word?  That is because God, in His infinite love for us, has given each of us a conscience that nudges our souls and tells us when we are wrong, gently guiding us back to the path God has laid out for us.  He is the voice of love speaking inside our souls!

The challenges we face, the hardships we bear and the triumphs we experience are all part of God speaking to us.  Through the circumstances we face each day, God is changing us and helping us to mature spiritually.  As we draw closer to God, we will realize that He has been there all along.

But to truly hear God’s Word, we must not look for ways to further our own agendas.  We must be seeking His will for us. The more we seek after what God has planned for us, the more He will speak to us, whether through His Holy Word, through the voice of others, or through our consciences.  We cannot expect revelation or demand that God speak to us – He will speak when the need is there, and if we are actively seeking Him, we will hear His words in our heart and soul.  Sometimes He speaks to us quickly, other times we must wait quietly upon His word to be revealed in the time He knows is right and proper for us.

God promises in the Bible that He speaks through Christ and will speak to all who listen earnestly for His voice:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.”
Revelations 3:20

Are you listening for God’s word?  Will you open the door and let Him in?

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian 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. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day 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.

Five Great Needs Only God Can Fulfill

July 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith

Everyone has human needs that go beyond the physical.  If we have food, water, and shelter, we can survive.  But to truly thrive, there are spiritual and emotional needs that we all have.  We all strive to find ways to satisfy our need for Love, Acceptance, Security, Identity and Purpose. Some of us seek these in ourselves, in others and from society, but none of these needs can be truly fulfilled except by God.

Love

God’s love is always present and unconditional. If you’ve ever had a friend or loved one that you felt you could trust completely, you’ve had a faint taste of what its like to be able to rely on someone without worry or fear. But even the strongest relationships can end , loved ones can die, circumstances can destroy our faith in others.  Not so with God and His unconditional love because He is never-ending and never changing. Nothing in this world that you can do or say will alter His love for you.  He will never leave you or forsake you. You can always, always find comfort and security through your relationship with God because it is, like Him, eternal.

No matter what you do, no matter how you look, now matter how many mistakes you’ve made, you can never let God down because He loves you without conditions, without measure and with no reservations or any hidden agenda. God is guiding you through every experience of your life – not because you have earned it, but because God loves you no matter what.  When the dark clouds settle and all others abandon you, the light of God will shine bright and show you the way. His guiding light is unconditional love.

“I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever “
— Psalm 52:8

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“ For great is your steadfast love toward me”
— Psalm 86:13

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“I am with you always to the end of the age”
— Matthew 28:20

Acceptance

From the time we are born, we search for acceptance.  The sense of belonging to another person or to a group of people is a powerful affirmation.  We try to please our parents as toddlers so that they will accept and love us.  When we are in school, we hope to be accepted into the “popular crowd.”  At work, we want to be on the best project team or be accepted by our boss and coworkers.  We enter into relationships because the other person accepts us.

But relationships fail, groups change over time and even our parents may be disappointed in our actions.  The only true, unconditional acceptance is that offered by God.  He loves us no matter what.  He doesn’t care what we look like or about the mistakes we’ve made.  As His creation, He loves and accepts us unconditionally.

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein
He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.

-       Ephesians 1:6

Security

There is such a sense of security that overwhelms us when we are safe in the arms of God.  Although our circumstances can change from day to day, God is eternal.  Many of us accumulate money and power, hoping these will keep us secure, but we can lose our money and our power so easily!  The person who is on top today may be in the gutters tomorrow.  No power we gain for ourselves can protect us from the many possible problems of this world.

God, however, is our eternal protection.  He is our security and shelter in any storm because He will not leave us in times of trouble.  No matter what happens, He will guard our souls and direct our footsteps if we ask Him to.  Let yourself be secure in God’s abiding presence and you will always feel safe.

“You will be protected and take your rest in safety.”
-       Job 11:18

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“Never will I leave, never will I forsake you.”
-       Hebrews 13:5

Identity

Do you put on a mask for others so that they will see you in a particular way?  Do you have different identities for different people?  We are always trying to define ourselves in relation to other people.  Are you a father?  Employee?  The best friend?  The fun one?  Our identities are often tied to what we can provide to others, and it can be difficult to be all things to all people.

God knows our true identity – the one that is whole and complete, the hidden most part of our heart and soul.  We are uniquely, fearfully and marvelously made children of God!  When we discover the power and presence of God within ourselves, we have found our true identity, one that doesn’t depend on what others see.  We are, and always will be, unique creations of the Master Creator.

“I am a member of God’s household”
- Ephesians 2:19

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“I am God’s child.”
John 1:12

Purpose

We all wonder why we are here occasionally.  Do we have a purpose to fulfill?  Is being a parent our ultimate role?  Are we supposed to be achieving great things at work?  Do we have a destiny to fulfill?  We can spend our lives worrying about what our purpose is, but it will be an exercise in futility unless we turn to God for guidance.  No one on earth knows what you should be doing.

God decides our life’s plan and purpose here on earth.  He created you to fulfill a divine purpose, no matter how large or small, that is part of His eternal plan.  Isn’t it reassuring to know that what you do and say matters in the grand scheme of things?  Our purpose is essential!

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”
-       Psalm 138:8

Tonight as you say your prayers, thank the Lord for providing everything you need and all that your heart desires, including unconditional love, acceptance, unfailing security, a unique identity and a true purpose !

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian 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. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day 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.

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