How to Experience God’s Love and Power in Our Lives

July 31, 2009 by  
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What could be greater than to feel God’s love and influence in our lives? How sad, how wasted the life of the person who believes that this world and this life are all we have. What a waste to die without knowing God, or the power of God.

Bulton J. Sheen once said, “An atheist is a man who has no visible means of support.” We don’t want to stand alone at the last day. We need God’s support. How to we come to know God and know that he is? By performing the following steps you can obtain faith in God:

  • First, you need a desire to know the truth. If you don’t want to know, or if you refuse to listen to it, it can never make you free.
  • Next, you must pray with a real desire to know the truth. You can’t take the attitude of, Hey, okay, I’ll pray, but nothing is going to happen. I won’t receive any answers, I’m on my own here anyway. James 1:5 promises, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” God promises to give you answers.
  • Third, you have to be willing to listen to the answer, accept it as true and act on that answer.
  • Finally, you need to study and learn more about God’s love for you by reading the scriptures. The scriptures contain information about the hope you may be lacking in your life. They are the key to happiness in your future.

Christian living involves families. Whether you have children of your own, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or any other involvement with teaching youth, daily scripture study should be an important part of that training. Raising children is an important part of Christian life.

The influence of the adversary is greater today than ever. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” What is the best way to keep the children from being devoured by the adversary? By teaching them to trust God, and to feel God’s love.

Unfortunately, it’s common these days to hear parents say, “I believe in God, but I don’t want to interfere with my children’s freedom to choose their own path.” Such an attitude is an affront to God. Training children to trust in God is a parent’s most basic responsibility.

What are the rewards of raising children into the service of the Lord? Your son or daughter is also a son or daughter of God. As precious as each of your children are to you, they are even more precious to their Father in Heaven. Don’t give up. You have the opportunity to raise righteous servants for the day when Satan will be bound a thousand years. By no other means can you have receive greater eternal joy than to dedicate your life to God and raise your children in his service. Stand faithfully with the grand master of the universe and never be ashamed of who or what you are. In that final day, only the wicked will need to avert their gaze from he who rules for all eternity.

To follow the Christian faith the devotee should be:

  • a true friend to those who have none
  • happily helping the poor and needy
  • a teacher of truth
  • full of love and fellowship toward those who have lost their faith
  • willing to discuss differences without confrontation

Of course, this is not a complete list of ways to demonstrate faith in God. Most important is to do the Lord’s will and keep God’s love steadfastly anchored in your heart. When you know the true love of Christ, then you will truly love others and seek for their welfare before your own.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of newly published book, 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.

Copyright © 2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

The Powerful Benefits of Tithing

July 10, 2009 by  
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No one likes to think about tithing when it comes to God and His church.  If most of us were honest, we would admit that it is far easier to pray, sing God’s praises and help others than it is to turn over 10% of everything we earn to the Lord.  Yet God blesses those who tithe, and it is one of the most basic Biblical tests of our faithfulness and stewardship.  In fact, the word “tithe” actually means “tenth.”

We are so often thinking about all of your own needs that we put tithing last on our list and tell ourselves, “If I had anything left over, I would certainly give my ten percent, but I never have anything left.”  But if you tithed first by setting aside your ten percent for God before paying the bills, you would be surprised to find that you can give your ten percent.  You would simply have less for things you don’t really need.  And here’s the best part – God will reward you for your faithfulness!

God wants to bless us, but it is difficult to trust us with riches on earth when we won’t share our blessings.

In Luke 16:11, Jesus said,

“…if you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”

As a church, we are trying to further God’s kingdom here on earth and bring the comfort of the Lord to other’s lives.  Have we saved the world?  No.  Have we comforted everyone?  No.  Have we abolished need?  No.  The Lord asks that we “put our money where our mouths are.”  To give back 10% of what we have to try and reach that place where no one is in need.

And yet, God is a loving God.  He has not asked us for everything we have.  He knows we have to feed our own children and put a roof over our heads.  He even knows we have to pay the IRS!  He said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”  The IRS is today’s equivalent of Caesar!  God hasn’t ignored the realities of living in today’s world.  He doesn’t ask for all of it, or even most of it.  Not even one quarter of it!  Just one tenth.  But it still sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?  So how do we give up one tenth of what we earn and not ruin ourselves financially?

Well, we turn over so much to God – our cares, our concerns, our personal problems and our health issues.  We say, “Dear Lord, heal my friend.”  But God is not a doctor.  We say, “Jesus, help my spouse and I to get our marriage back on track.”  But God isn’t Doctor Phil.  But how many of us have said, “God, guide me in my financial decisions.  Help me live and work in order to return to you as much as I can for your work here on earth?”

We pray for health, we pray for guidance, we pray for comfort.  Why not turn our financial concerns – and our money – over to God?  Why not give back a mere slice of what God gives us back to Him?  And it is all His, isn’t it?

Part of the problem is giving up control.  When we tithe, we don’t know how the money will be used, so we hesitate to hand over our money.  But when there is a fundraiser for something specific – a new bell tower at the church, to help a family we know, or for a particular charity – we always find a way to give.  Why wait?  Aren’t there always people in need?  Ministries to be served?  Missionaries without funding?

If each and every one of us tithed freely to God, no fundraisers would be needed!  There would be plenty to go around!  As Americans, we don’t realize how truly God has blessed us financially.  We say, “Lord, it is hard to tithe.”  But it shouldn’t be, particularly when we have been blessed by God.  Because with our success comes the responsibility to use it wisely to help others and further God’s kingdom.

It is easy to forget that our success comes from God’s grace.  He has blessed us with so many things – shouldn’t we thank Him by using our blessings in ways that would gladden His heart?

Tithing ensures that our needs will be met and gives back to God what was always His.  God is honored when we are faithful. When we acknowledge that God is the true owner and giver of all that we have, we will be rewarded in countless ways.

Ken Blanchard, the author of The One Minute Manager, said, “I absolutely believe in the Power of Tithing and giving back.  My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more comes back.  That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.”

“…they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will… just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

- 2 Corinthians 8:1-8

So the next time you think about giving to God, remember that all of your blessings came from Him, and give back your ten percent with a happy heart.  He gives us so much and asks for so little!

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

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How to Pray Effectively: Seven Steps to Answered Prayers

June 17, 2009 by  
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There is power in prayer; it has no boundaries or borders, but many of us aren’t sure how to get started or what to say.  Prayer is simply having a conversation with God.  This sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.  Having the right ingredients or elements in your prayers are much more important than whether they sound fancy or elegant.  In fact, you can talk to God just like you would talk to a parent or best friend.  So forget about how you say it, and focus on what you want and need to say.

The Bible talks about “petitioning” God in prayer – this means to earnestly plea or implore.  To “present your requests” to God is simply to tell Him specifically what you need.  Praying about each worry or need in your life shuts out worry because it invites God to be involved in every area of your life, and when He is engaged in each aspect of your life, there is nothing to fear.

Here are seven steps that can help you pray more effectively and deepen the relationship you have with your Lord:

1. Acknowledge your personal relationship with God as His child. Recognize that God is holy and powerful and give Him the reverence that He deserves.  Having a loving relationship with God is like that between a parent and child.

2. Acknowledge your respect for who God is. Commit your life to God each day, promising to live according to His will.  Praise God during prayer and throughout your day, becoming absorbed in Him.

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

- John 15:7

3. Confess your sins. It is so important to ask God to forgive your sins and ask Him to continue to love and care for you.  Repentance is a sign of your understanding that you have – like all of us have – broken God’s commands, and are sorry for what you have done.  By acknowledging that our sins have separated us temporarily from God, we are once again brought closer to Him.

4. Ask God in prayer. Many of us feel guilty if we ask God for anything, fearing that we aren’t worthy and that we are being demanding, or that we might anger God.  It is just the opposite – by asking God, we are acknowledging that we can’t do it alone; we are recognizing our need for His divine intervention and showing that we trust in Him to help us.  Nothing could make God happier!

5. Be Specific. Prayers can be quite general, asking for blessings from the Lord, but it is okay to be specific, too.  When we ask the Lord to help us find a better job, resolve a problem with our spouse or anything else that is personal to us, we are opening our innermost hearts to Him.  This personal, private kind of prayer asking for specific help tells God that we have faith in Him to watch over us in small ways as well as big ones.  He wants to be the Lord of our lives in all things large and small, so it is fine to pray to find a way to get a new dryer if yours breaks down!

6. Have an attitude of Expectancy and Faith. Trust that God can answer any prayer.  Have faith that god will hear you when you pray according to His will.  Do not pray in fear or out of desperation because “nothing else has worked.”  Pray confidently, with the faith that God will fulfill your expectations in the best way possible for you, born out of His divine wisdom.

“Listen to me!  You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.”

– Mark 11:24

7. Pray in Jesus’ name. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s own son.  We are able to take full advantage of Jesus’ death on the cross as a payment for our sins by acknowledging His sacrifice in our prayers.  It also ties us to the new life of Christ’s resurrection.  The secret of our Christian life is also the secret of praying – doing all in Jesus’ name.

“Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do.”

-   John 14:13

Every prayer is important. Every prayer counts. Our prayers exalts Him for who He is. There is power in prayer. In His presence is where we will find our  greatest blessings.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

How to Discover Your Life’s Purpose

June 15, 2009 by  
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Your life’s purpose isn’t always easy to understand.  Many of us go through our lives without ever knowing what our true purpose is; we go through the motions of holding down a job and supporting our families without really knowing what our purpose or our true calling is.  Why is that?

Our purpose in life has to be based on factors that will always be relevant, and the only thing you have that you will always have is your spirituality.  As spiritual beings we all have a purpose, and when that purpose begins to dawn on you, you will carry it into your chosen fields of expression.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me: your love,
O Lord, endures forever-
do not abandon the works of your hands.”

- Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

Working at your job and taking care of your family is certainly a part of God’s plan for your life – your family is very important – but it may not be the only thing that He has in mind for you.  So how do you discover the fullness of God’s plan for you?  How do you know when you are fulfilling the true purpose of your life?

We have to discover if our lives are pleasing in the eyes of God.  We must look for the signs, both small and large, that what we are doing is what God wants for us and is spiritually right for us.  Sometimes this is easy.  Moses received some very clear signs that his purpose was to lead his people out of captivity in Egypt – the Lord spoke to him from a burning bush and performed miraculous miracles like turning a wooden staff into a snake before his eyes.  Most of us don’t get such unmistakable messages that say, “You need to follow this path.”

But if we pray each night and ask God to give us a sign that we have chosen the right path in our careers or who our friends are or what choices we are making for our families, we will be heard.  Sometimes the answer isn’t the one we really want.  Perhaps we begin to feel that little bit of doubt that we haven’t chosen the best group of friends or that we aren’t doing what we should be to help our neighbors…whatever little nudges we feel in our conscience are really God’s way of gently reminding us that we may be straying from our purpose.  Sometimes God doesn’t shout from a burning bush – sometimes He quietly guides us back onto the path toward our purpose.  The result is the same – we will get there at the right time – in God’s time!

The most important thing we have to do is accept the Lord’s guidance and use our talents properly to fulfill our purpose once we know what that purpose is.  In Jesus’ Parable of the Talents, a slave owner gave three slaves some coins called ‘talents’ to keep for him while he traveled.  Two of them invested the coins and turned them into more money, while the third simply hid the money until the master returned.

We must be like the servants who invested the talents – whatever our purpose is, we must fully invest our own unique talents so that we fulfill our purpose to the best of our ability and increase their value so that our purpose doesn’t languish.

The next time you ask yourself “What is my purpose in life?” don’t turn to a career counselor, friends or co-workers.  Turn to the one constant, sure thing in your life – your Spiritual Guide.  Get down on your knees and ask the Lord about your Purpose and open yourself up to all the possibilities.  It may be something as simple as being the best possible example of a Godly man that you can be at your current job and in your family, or it may be to walk an entirely different path.

The key is to open your heart and your soul to God’s signs wherever they are found – in the still, silent moments when you question what you are doing, in the ‘coincidences’ that seem to be leading you in a particular direction, and in those moments of joy when you realize that you’ve taken a step in the right direction.

The safest place we can ever be is in God’s Will.

“Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths”

- Proverbs 3:6

God has a plan and purpose for you.

God is waiting to help you discover your purpose – just ask Him!

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Understanding the Will of God

June 3, 2009 by  
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I can of myself do nothing…because I do not seek my own but the will of the Father who sent me.”

- John 5:30

I can of myself do nothing…because I do not seek my own but the will of the Father who sent me.”

- John 5:30

So how do we discover God’s will in for us? We must pray earnestly, understand our circumstances and remember to study God’s word. The Bible is full of references to God’s will for all of us. If we study the word of God and follow them, we are heading in the right direction. Fortunately, all we have to do is read the Scriptures to find clear instructions:

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

-Micah 6:8

Micah clearly tells us what God’s will is for every one of us – mercy, justice and humbleness before the Lord. He desires this for all of mankind. It’s interesting that most of us know instinctively that we should be merciful, kind, just, honest and faithful. These principles of fairness and care are nearly universal and we know in our heart of hearts that they are God’s will.

The difficulty is that often fulfilling God’s will can cause conflict in our lives. Sometimes it’s easier to just do what we think will be easiest or best for us, forgetting about God and the people around us. We may tell ourselves that we can’t always keep all of God’s commandments, or that it’s hard to understand what true justice is, or even that honesty may not always be in our best interests.

We would be so wrong! Because God’s will is always for our lives to be prosperous, fulfilled and righteous. Perhaps it is easier if we look at Jesus’ answer regarding God’s will. He explains what the greatest commandment is – and even if we forget every other commandment or instruction of God – if we follow God’s will in this, everything else will naturally follow!

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.”

-Matthew 22:36-39

Think about this. If we love God with all of our hearts, minds and souls, then we will naturally seek justice, be humble and live righteously in order to praise Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will be honest, fair and just in everything we do.

God’s will is also expressed in Romans:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what it is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

-Romans 12:2

Any time you have a difficult choice before you, simply ask yourself these questions:

1.Is this a good thing to do for all concerned?

2.Is this acceptable to God?

3.Is this God’s perfect will? (Does it meet Biblical standards?)

Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.”

-Proverbs 3:6

Are you ready to seek, accept and understand the will of God? Then bow your head and pray for Him to reveal His individual will for your life. So long as you seek, you will find what you need to fulfill God’s will.

To find the answer to these questions, pray earnestly for guidance, read the Scriptures and listen to that part of your heart that is honest and just, not concerned with you and your desires, but dedicated to God.

It is easy for others to tell us that we should “do God’s will,” but it is difficult for most of us to understand what God’s will for our lives truly is. Angels don’t often land in our front yards with trumpet fanfare to announce what we should be doing (although that would be wonderful, wouldn’t it?). In today’s world, it can be difficult to know the will of God because we have so many others demanding our time and trying to tell us what to do. Sometimes the most difficult obstacles are our own wants and desires, which may be at odds with God’s will.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Copyright © 2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Four Great Needs Only God Can Fulfill

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 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.

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

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

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 acceptance, unfailing security, a unique identity and a true purpose!

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://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 Works on Our Insides First

May 5, 2009 by  
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Most of us think that if we could just get a better job, meet the right person, buy that gorgeous house…or something else we’re longing for, we will be happy.  We think that once we’ve achieved some concrete goal or obtained a certain amount of money, we will be happy; but we can be very disappointed when we find out that the recognition or the money don’t give us the happiness we wanted.

The circumstances you are in aren’t nearly as important as how you respond to those circumstances.  If you respond with prayer and a sincere desire to love Him and your fellow man despite bad circumstances, you will discover that God gives you the skills you need to overcome your circumstances or be happy despite them.  Trusting in God, opening yourself up to possibilities and giving of yourself to others will lead to true happiness.  God’s love and love for yourself (which naturally lead to happiness) are perfected in loving others.  He’s made it easy for us to find happiness by trying to make others happy.  What a wonderful plan – we increase our joy by bringing joy to others!

“So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they can.”
- Ecclesiastes 3:12

God understands that the material things and the adulation of others isn’t what will make us happy.  That’s why He doesn’t always grant our wishes right away.  He’s working on our insides first because He knows that what matters is what is in our heart and soul.  God focuses on the real source of happiness – our relationship with Him – so that we will be happy with ourselves and ready to handle the good and the bad that life hands us.

Are you happy with yourself?  If not, no amount of money and no change in your circumstances will change things.  You have to learn to love yourself like God loves you.  When you can do this, you will be happy within your own skin, and the rest of your life will fall into place more easily.  Turn yourself over to God body, heart and soul and you will be amazed – He never leaves us the way He found us!  He is always working on us, healing old wounds and restoring our faith.  As He does this, you will find yourself increasingly seeking to do what is right and good in His eyes – and you’ll discover the joy of a Christian life.

“It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please Him.”
- Philippians 2:13

Begin working today on getting to know and love God and you will soon know yourself better, love yourself and understand yourself.  Allow God to work on your insides and you will be healed of the disappointments and hurt in your life – and room will open up in your soul for true happiness.  Ask God to work on you from the inside out so that you will become the person God has always meant you to be and you will find happiness in His purpose for you.  Give God control and let Him mold you as He sees fit.  Surrender yourself and find happiness in God’s plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
- Jeremiah 29:11

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of newly published book, 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.

Copyright © 2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

May 2, 2009 by  
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As you read this article, take a moment to answer the following question, “Is there a reason for me to be thankful today?”  If you are alive to read the question, then you have a reason for rejoicing!  It may not always seem that way when troubles press in on you, but as long as you are alive, you have the opportunity to change your life and move forward.

One of the most important gifts of all is life, and it was given to you by the Lord.  Sometimes we forget the generosity of a loving God.  After all, He doesn’t need us and did not have to create us in the first place.  Yet he wished to share His blessings and so created man in His own image so that He could shower man with love.  And even when man first betrayed God in the Garden of Eden, God continued to love and protect mankind.  He forgave us our faults and sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to give us guidance and grant us forgiveness!  And God continues to do this, even though we often forget to be grateful for His kindness.

Now think back over the previous month.  Have you lived in Gratitude?  Have you remembered and acknowledged God’s grace and goodwill in your life?  It’s easy to forget our many blessings when we are stressed, but we need to re-evaluate our lives during these moments.  When your job stresses you, thank God that you are employed.  When your children talk back, praise God for giving you healthy children.  Even when you are going through a painful separation or quarrel, remember that God is there for you, and be thankful that He is there to pull you through.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.”
- Colossians 3:15

When we have an attitude of gratitude, we soon discover that we attract greater good in our lives.  Be grateful for all of the good that the Lord has granted you, and you will soon reap even greater blessings.  As you read this article, be grateful for the gift of sight and the opportunity you had to learn to read and learn.  Giving thanks to God for all of the many daily blessings in your life – shelter, food, your senses, friends and family – opens your heart to all the good you have and enables you to appreciate and share your blessings.  Sharing those blessings and being grateful for them brings you closer to God.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and power
and the glory and majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours…
In your hands are strength and power
To exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
And praise your glorious name.”
- 1 Chronicles 29:11-13

So as you move through your days and weeks, keep your eyes on the goodness of God and recognize that He has, in His generosity and love, given you far more than anyone else can ever give you.  Find the blessings in every situation and you will develop an attitude of gratitude for the many physical, material, emotional and spiritual blessings that have been given by God, the source of all good in our lives.  Each day, show your gratitude to God and thank Him with all your heart.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
- Colossians 3:17

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach , speaker, and author of newly published book ,
God Will Always Be There For You
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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.

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