Seek God’s Face First

August 30, 2010 by  
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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 Has Been Waiting On You

October 21, 2009 by  
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How does it feel when someone is waiting on you? If you are running late, you probably feel guilty about it. If it is somewhere that you don’t want to go, you may run late on purpose. But, what if God was the one waiting on you?

It’s true that God waits for us all of our lives. What is He waiting for? He is looking for His children to come back home. And, indeed, we are His children. He knew us when we were still in the womb and our own parents didn’t know who we were.

The reason God is waiting goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had everything that their Lord had to offer and they turned their backs for one thing that they didn’t have (and really didn’t need). And today, we are still following in those ancient footsteps.

After Eden, the world was plunged into sin. Every person born was born into an unholy world. There was no way to bridge the chasm. God spoke directly to several people to accomplish His goals. But, we were still separated and it pained our Father.

But, God had a plan. He sent His only son, Jesus, into the world to be our bridge over that chasm of sin. Now, think about the gravity of His decision. Children are a part of us from the beginning. They are our life. You’d probably rather lose a limb or life itself than let your children die.

That is the length and depth and height of God’s love for us. Even His child was not spared to bring us back into relationship with Him. Jesus was born into this sinful world like the rest of us. He ate, drank, slept and had friends.

In His adult life, the three-year ministry began. Jesus knew hunger, hatred, love, pain and every other emotion we feel every day. Still, He knew that His reward would be great in heaven when He fulfilled the Father’s plan.

The very ground opened up when Jesus died. For the first time, those who hated Jesus realized who He truly was. Why does it take the ground shaking beneath some of our feet to get us to recognize God?

God stands ready to accept us back into His loving arms. The sacrifice was made once for all and the reward Jesus received as a child of the King awaits us too. Some church fans display a picture of the Savior standing at a closed door knocking. The door is the one that opens to your heart.

Some of our hearts are so hardened that nothing can get in. On the inside, there is hurt and anger barring the door. At that point, the only one who can breach the heart is Jesus.

Jesus is not a myth used to separate you from your money and possessions by television preachers. The Savior is real and if you don’t have true peace of mind in your life, then He is still standing at the door waiting on you to open it.

But, God is patient. That is how love works. When your kids go astray, you don’t cut them off like a weed in the garden. You wait tearfully, prayerfully and hopefully for them to come back to you.

Don’t be misinformed. God is tearful when we slap His helping hand away. It gets slapped away when you brick up your heart. It is slapped away when you refuse to hear the Word of God. It gets slapped whenever you give someone else the glory that belongs to Him.

God wants to shelter you in His arms. Accepting Him now means living in safety and love on this side of heaven. But He can’t do so unless you let Him in. And so, He waits for your answer until the time that you take your last breath.

God sent Jesus as a ransom to buy your freedom. Won’t you stop living in bondage to the world and accept that you can be free in Christ?

Additional Scriptures:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

-          Revelation 3:20

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Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

-          Isaiah 55: 6-7

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

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

God is Our Supreme Giver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Scriptures:

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

-          Luke 6:38

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

-          Matthew 6:3-4

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

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

God is a Healer

July 24, 2009 by  
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“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and healing shall spring up quickly.”
- Isaiah 58:8

When someone you love is sick or when you are sick, you should pray for God’s healing power to wash over you. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t see a doctor or take full advantage of all of the opportunities that medical science has to offer. I don’t recommend abandoning medical or surgical treatments and using only prayer; I feel that a complimentary approach is best. The combination of medicine and prayer can be very powerful and I think a lot of people today misunderstand and think that we can’t use both.

Through prayer, we acknowledge that there is a greater wisdom and higher power than anything on earth. We get in touch with that power and ask that god bring miracles and His love into our lives, but we don’t have to turn our backs on the rich and varied medical traditions available here on earth when we do pray, because God heals in many ways:

God heals through doctors and nurses. He has given these professionals their God-given talents and abilities so that, through them, he can touch the lives of people every day in millions of ways both great and small. It is one of the main reasons he creates each of us with unique talents and interests – so that each of us can become someone special and unique who will touch others and, in some cases, heal others.

So when we pray, we should pray that God will guide the hearts and hands of the doctors, nurses and surgeons who are taking care of our loves ones or ourselves.

God can perform miracles of healing. Although we may find it difficult to ask for a miracle, God rejoices in our faith when we believe that He can cure the hopelessly sick and He sometimes does perform miracles. Ask and don’t be afraid – God listens to our prayers.

God heals by providing comfort and strength. Not every patient recovers and not everyone is healed; that is what we sometimes find most unfathomable about God’s ways. While many people recover from an illness, some do not. But the power of prayer is amazing! Even doctors and researchers have confirmed that people who pray feel less pain and are stronger and more at peace than those who don’t. Perhaps we need to look at the power of prayer in this light – God heals us not only when He heals our illness, but when He touches us to take away the hurt and bring us spiritual comfort and ease. His love touches us not only physically but spiritually and emotionally.

Remember that God is the supreme healer and pray for His intercession:

Let Us Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are my help in every need. I know that nothing is too hard for you. Heavenly Father, I am praying and believing now for the complete healing and restoration of (fill-in-the-blank with your health concerns). Help those who are caring for me; guide their hearts and hands as they care for me. Grant me the peace and strength I need to cope in the days ahead.

Knowing my oneness with you, Heavenly Father, I experience true healing.

Thank you, Lord, for sending your word and your healing power.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

With absolute faith and trust in God, we affirm oneness with the mighty healing power of God. Thank You, God , for healing us in every needed way. We are healthy and strong because of  our Heavenly Father.

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 Wants Us to Listen to Him

July 20, 2009 by  
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God is bigger than any problem we will ever face and He can guide us through all of our trials and sorrows, but first we must listen to Him.  We can talk to God any time and about anything – in fact, that’s sometimes the easy part.  The challenge is in knowing how to listen to God.  Whether you are a teenager facing peer pressure or an adult facing chemical dependency, a life threatening disease, unemployment or loneliness, we can talk to God and reveal the burdens of our heart.  And God will listen to those sorrows and give us comfort!

But beyond simply confessing our sorrows and praying for comfort, the Lord wants us to ask Him questions.  When we ask for guidance or God’s direction, we are letting Him know that we seek the answers He is so anxious to give us.  What should I do?  How do I carry on?  What is Your will for my life?  These are all questions that God will answer if you are willing to truly open a listening heart!  God has all of the answers we need if we will only listen to Him.

Sometimes the answers we seek reveal themselves immediately, while at other times they come at a time and in a manner that’s unexpected and disconcerting.  We may struggle against what the answer is, but God’s love for us is patient – He will keep offering His answers and wait for us to listen.  He won’t abandon us if we refuse to hear the first time or even the tenth time!  You see, God loves us so much that He is willing to give us the answers over and over until we are ready to receive them.

But how do we learn to truly listen and accept God’s answers for our lives?  First, we must realize that listening so that we truly hear God’s call is the most important thing in our lives.  If we are too busy with the hustle and hurry of our everyday lives, we may not hear because God’s voice is drowned out by the world’s confusion.  You must set aside time to listen and hear.

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”
- Psalm 46:10

We need to tune out the noise and distraction of this world and allow God’s voice to reach us within our hearts and souls.  It isn’t always easy to do this – we have to take the time to focus on God within this busy, noisy world.  But no matter what time of day or night we turn to Him with a listening heart, He will be waiting for you.

These simple steps will help you open up to what God wants to say:

1. Train yourself to hear the Lord by reading your Bible, which is the Word of God.  His Word will open your heart and your ears to the sound of His voice and His desire for you.

2.  Look for and listen to God’s words in the world around you.  As you open your heart, you will be amazed by the many signs of God’s love for you that surround you even in the gravest of circumstances.

3.  Give yourself over to God’s will.  You may hear the word of God and be afraid of what He has planned for you and you may want to turn away – but ignoring God’s plan when you have heard it is worse than never having heard it at all.  The most important part of hearing is truly listening to God!  And listening requires a heart and soul that are ready to receive God wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to listen to God?  Then talk to Him and open your heart so that it is ready when God speaks to you!

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.
- Proverbs 19:20

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 Wants Us to Listen to Him

God is bigger than any problem we will ever face and He can guide us through all of our trials and sorrows, but first we must listen to Him. We can talk to God any time and about anything – in fact, that’s sometimes the easy part. The challenge is in knowing how to listen to God. Whether you are a teenager facing peer pressure or an adult facing chemical dependency, a life threatening disease, unemployment or loneliness, we can talk to God and reveal the burdens of our heart. And God will listen to those sorrows and give us comfort!

But beyond simply confessing our sorrows and praying for comfort, the Lord wants us to ask Him questions. When we ask for guidance or God’s direction, we are letting Him know that we seek the answers He is so anxious to give us. What should I do? How do I carry on? What is Your will for my life? These are all questions that God will answer if you are willing to truly open a listening heart! God has all of the answers we need if we will only listen to Him.

Sometimes the answers we seek reveal themselves immediately, while at other times they come at a time and in a manner that’s unexpected and disconcerting. We may struggle against what the answer is, but God’s love for us is patient – He will keep offering His answers and wait for us to listen. He won’t abandon us if we refuse to hear the first time or even the tenth time! You see, God loves us so much that He is willing to give us the answers over and over until we are ready to receive them.

But how do we learn to truly listen and accept God’s answers for our lives? First, we must realize that listening so that we truly hear God’s call is the most important thing in our lives. If we are too busy with the hustle and hurry of our everyday lives, we may not hear because God’s voice is drowned out by the world’s confusion. You must set aside time to listen and hear.

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”

- Psalm 46:10

We need to tune out the noise and distraction of this world and allow God’s voice to reach us within our hearts and souls. It isn’t always easy to do this – we have to take the time to focus on God within this busy, noisy world. But no matter what time of day or night we turn to Him with a listening heart, He will be waiting for you.

These simple steps will help you open up to what God wants to say:

1. Train yourself to hear the Lord by reading your Bible, which is the Word of God. His Word will open your heart and your ears to the sound of His voice and His desire for you.

2. Look for and listen to God’s words in the world around you. As you open your heart, you will be amazed by the many signs of God’s love for you that surround you even in the gravest of circumstances.

3. Give yourself over to God’s will. You may hear the word of God and be afraid of what He has planned for you and you may want to turn away – but ignoring God’s plan when you have heard it is worse than never having heard it at all. The most important part of hearing is truly listening to God! And listening requires a heart and soul that are ready to receive God wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to listen to God? Then talk to Him and open your heart so that it is ready when God speaks to you!

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.

- Proverbs 19:20

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” 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.

God Will Never Give Up On You

July 6, 2009 by  
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God has provided each of us with spiritual gifts and graced us all with the ability to love and forgive ourselves and others.  The problems we have stem from our own inability to use these gifts and our unwillingness to give in to the love and forgiveness in order to make our lives whole.  It’s a part of our human nature to be suspicious and give up on ourselves because we are afraid that others have given up on us.  Or if they haven’t given up on us yet, they just might give up on us in the future.

After all, we think, we don’t have the patience to endlessly forgive and love everyone, so how can we depend on others to do the same for us?  We all remember someone in our lives who let us down so often that we gave up on them in disgust.  Perhaps it was someone who lied to us so often that we no longer believed them when they made a promise.   Or a loved one who swore he or she would change, but we no longer thought it was possible because they’d failed so many times before.  When we’ve been lied to, cheated on or let down by others, it destroys our ability to believe in others.  By the same token, it destroys our ability to believe that anyone could ever possibly believe completely and without reservation in us.

But God is different.  We don’t have to prove ourselves to him.  No matter how many times we fail or fall short of the goal, He will forgive us and love us.  He is our comfort and strength.  We need never go it alone, for the presence and love of God is our constant companion and doesn’t depend upon our own actions or whether we’ve “proven” ourselves trustworthy or “good enough.”  In God’s eyes, we will always be Loved.

The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.”

- Psalm 116:6

That eternal love of God, based not on what we do or don’t do, is one of the most precious gifts in the universe.  Just imagine – God’s love is unconditional.  That means that no matter how many lies you tell, no matter how many times you let Him down or break a promise to Him, God will never give up on you!  This should give you amazing strength and confidence.  You are loved!  You will always be loved – and nothing will ever change that love!

Remember Christ’s last words to His disciples, all hard working, simple men who made many mistakes while trying to follow in his footsteps.  When He appeared to His disciples after the crucifixion, He reminded them that they had much work to do in God’s name, but they were frightened and confused.  But He wasn’t disappointed in them and He didn’t desert them.  Before going to His father in heaven, he reminded them of the most important thing that we must all keep in mind to keep us strong in our faith,

Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

- Matthew 28:20

With God always with you, even to the end of time, it becomes easier to believe in ourselves and in others.  After all, if the Lord will never give up on us, who are we to give up on ourselves?  Know, then, that with God, you can be successful in all that matters.

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

God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever

July 1, 2009 by  
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The most powerful weapon against fear and worry is scripture.  You can find a scripture that pertains to your circumstances no matter what they are and lean on their power to reassure you.  But why are the words of the Bible so much more powerful than others?  It’s because the Word of God has been unchangeable down through the centuries, unchangeable and reliable at all times.

The God who delivered the Israelites yesterday will deliver you today and your children tomorrow.  God’s love, power and almighty presence are unceasing.  What a wonderful and reassuring feeling!

“For I am the Lord, I do not change.”

-  Malachi 3:6

Change happens all around us; day changes to night, the seasons change, and the circumstances of our lives change.  One day we may be up and the next day, down.  Even those who love us most change as the days, weeks and years pass.  God was wise enough to understand that we are human and that change in our lives should be part of the human condition, yet he also gave us certain constants in our lives – yes, there are seasons, but they follow a predictable pattern so that crops can grow and we can appreciate the beauty of nature.  Day always follows night so that we can rest when we need to and wake up each day feeling refreshed.  There is a constancy to even the changes in our lives that tell us that God’s love is always present.

Knowing that our universe is put together so that we can rely on it to follow a reliable pattern is reassuring.  It tells us that God himself is constant in His love for us, so we need not fear.  His loving kindness is eternal and never changing.  Even as our lives change, jobs come and go, and relationships grow and fade, God is steadfastly loving us and watching over us.

“Give all your worries to god, for he cares what happens to you.”

- 1 Peter 5:7

When something in our lives goes wrong or brings us sorrow, we sometimes tell ourselves, “Don’t worry, this too shall pass.”  It is a thought that helps us to feel just a little bit better about the lows in our lives, but when the highs come along, we don’t want to think that they are only temporary.  It is reassuring to remember that God has promised to always be there – He is not temporary and His love will never pass away from our lives.

God’s love, power and protection are never-changing and never-ending, no matter what we do or what happens in the universe.  We don’t have to tell ourselves that things will change when we think about God – He’s always been there and always will be.  God’s mighty presence is with us in all circumstances and conditions, in all places at all times.  Any adversity that we face gives God another opportunity for us to experience His great peace, love and understanding.  How wonderful that the Lord is so constant – you never have to worry about whether He is there for you or not – He is eternal, just as He has always said.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

-   Deuteronomy 31:8

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

Writing a Heartfelt Letter to God

June 26, 2009 by  
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When there is no closure in our lives, we continue to hurt long after the moment that first caused us pain has passed.  When we are troubled by past transgressions we can’t forget, our lives continue to be an open wound that can’t heal.  We become “walking wounded” and can’t get on with our lives.  We feel incomplete and unfinished, as though something in our lives is lacking.

How do you find closure after death, separation, divorce, or the pain of a parent who doesn’t love you?  What do you do to find peace when your life continues to show the scars of past abuse or terrible loss?

God will soothe your soul and help bring you peace if only you will lay your sorrows and anger at His feet.  Sometimes it’s hard to go to the Lord and confess how angry we are at a loved one because of a past slight or some terrible harm they caused us.  After all, we want to be good Christians and forgive – but if there is still pain in our hearts, it can be difficult to do.

Write Your Unresolved Pain Down

It may help if you try writing a letter to God.  Writing down what is eating at your soul can help you move past it.  We hate to rant and rave at God when we pray, shouting about how bitter or disappointed we are; it seems so disrespectful.  But God wants to hear everything in our hearts – even the ugly stuff.  So sit down tonight and write a letter to God.  It might look like this:

“Dear God,

I’m so angry!  I hate my sister for betraying me, and I can’t get past it.  I wish she would just go away and leave me alone forever…..”

Once you start writing, you will find that all of the bitterness, hurt and sorrow will come spilling out and  onto the page.  That’s good!  It’s very cleansing to finally admit, even to yourself, that you have been hanging on to unfinished business and letting yourself dwell on the past.

After you’ve written your letter, make it a sacrifice to God, for even our pain, when given with a true and faithful heart, is a gift to our Lord.  He will take the sorrow you’ve written about and soothe it away for you.  Some people may even want to burn the letter after they’ve asked God to help them find closure.  It is a simple ritual that can give you a feeling of release – you have admitted what the problem is, asked God to help you move forward, and now you can let it go!

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.”

- Jeremiah 17:14

Once you’ve done this, you will feel a sense of peace as the closure you’ve been seeking for so long finds its place in your heart!

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

Waiting On God’s Perfect Timing

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love

Waiting is one of the most difficult things to do, whether we’re waiting for a bus, a phone call or an answered prayer.  We become impatient and wonder why everyone else is holding us up and keeping us from getting what we want.  It seems like the more we want something, the harder it is to wait – and we even get impatient with God!

But we have to remember that God’s timing is different than our own.  He sees things from a different perspective and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in the grand plan for our lives.  All is part of a divine order and will be done in its own right and proper time.  Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it’s easy to forget this.  After all, waiting is “remaining inactive in one place while expecting something.”  And being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world – nobody likes that feeling.  But we must keep in mind God’s greater plan and his perfect timing:

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

- Romans 8:28

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“Trust in Him at all times, O people.”

- Psalm 62:8

What are YOU Waiting For?

What are you waiting for in your life?  A new job, financial security, healing, a baby, a restored marriage?  It seems that no matter where we are in our lives, we are waiting for something in the future.  Our lives are never stagnant; if we are moving forward, there is always something to expect or wait for around the next bend in the road of our lives.

There are many stories of “waiting” in the Bible.  In some stories, the waiting seemed to last forever, while others only waited a few intense moments.  The key to waiting is not the length of time but how we handle the wait.  The Bible teaches us that we should “wait on the Lord.”  We must look with confidence and expectation toward the future, trusting that God will fulfill our waiting in good and proper time.

There are three actions that will help you wait on the Lord patiently and with faith, knowing and believing that He will help:

1.  Trust – If we doubt God’s willingness to hear and answer our prayer, we may begin to feel bitter when we think God has heard our prayer but is silent.  Scripture teaches us that God is unchangeable, which means He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and we can always rely on Him to provide the best possible path for our lives!  God said that He will never leave us or forsake us.  If He seems silent now, it is because He has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet.  We must trust in His plan.

2.  Resist – We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands.  Patience is powerful.  Having patience is essential in many circumstances and the Holy Spirit is here to fill us with this patience when we feel we cannot wait another minute on God.  The safest place we can rest is in God’s Will.  When we rest here, resisting temptation is easy.

3.  Pray – How many times have you given a prayer request to God and felt He was deaf?  During these times, you need to keep on praying, but pray the right way. God always answers our prayers, but it may not be the way we want Him or expect Him to.  It may be a yes, a no or something better.  When we don’t immediately get the answer we want, we have a tendency to repeat the same prayer over and over until we either lose our voice or simply give up.  After we have given our need to the Lord, we must turn our request into a “Thank you,” and an attitude of expectancy, and say, “Not my will, but Yours, Lord.”  When we thank the Lord in advance for answering our prayers, it is an active display of our faith that demonstrates to God our confident expectation that His awesome power will provide for us.

This Prayer can help you as you wait on God’s perfect timing:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I have been waiting for ________________ for so long now, and I come before You today to ask your help.  I pray that You will increase my faith and patience so that I will put my whole trust in your perfect timing and plan for my life.  I will put my complete trust in You with confidence and eager expectation of Your answer, whatever that answer may be and whenever that answer may come.

Thank you that you are always with me.

Thank you that You hear my prayers and will answer in Your time and in Your way.  You, Lord, are without limits.

Thank You for Your unfailing word and that You always keep Your promises to me.

I believe with my heart, mind and soul Your plan for my life is the best one possible and I thank You for Your answer.

Being in Your will is the safest place I can ever reside.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We affirm  God’s Perfect Timing .  Trusting in God, to see His will and  perfect order unfold in our lives.

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

God’s Love is Unconditional and Unfailing

June 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

God love you with a steadfast and enduring love that can be difficult to understand but is pure joy to rely on.

“O my strength to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love”

- Psalm 59:17 NLT

But what does God mean by unfailing love?  As humans, we understand through our faith that God is our comfort and our strength, but do we really know in our deepest heart that he loves us unconditionally, without fail and without change?  It can be difficult to fathom this whole-hearted, unreserved love. After all, even those closest to us may sometimes let us down or grow away from us.

Perhaps the only love on earth that is close to God’s unconditional love is the love a parent have for their children.  We will protect them to the very end of our days, comfort them when they are hurting and defend them even when they have disappointed or exasperated us. God’s love for us is the same -  we do not have to perform or live up to certain expectations to receive his love.  In our personal lives, we may always strive to be good enough , interesting enough or attractive enough – but with God, the love is there from the beginning and is steadfast and unfailing even when we are at our worst.

God’s Love is Always Present

God says, “When you call Me, I will answer.” That’s a pretty strong affirmation. He doesn’t say, “Call Me and I’ll get back to you,” or “call Me and if I’m not angry with you I’ll answer.”  There are no limitations, no strings attached, just a simple and pure promise.  This is what unconditional love is about – it is all about God being there for you, day and night, year after year, during the highs and the lows of your life.  Will you always get the answer you want?  Probably not, but then God, like a good parent, knows what is best for you. His answers are the right ones and He will always provide them out of love for you.

God knows you better than anyone else.  Does that sound frightening to you?  It shouldn’t. Yes, God knows about all of the small sacrifices you’ve made as well as the big mistakes – and His love changes not one bit because of them ! If you can accept God’s love and the good He has prepared for you in the same manner it was given – unconditionally and without reservation – you will find peace in knowing that unconditional love.

The Comfort of Unconditional Love

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 it 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.

“Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me”

-Psalm 23:4 NLT

Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to know that, just like the writer of the Psalm, God’s presence and love are still here today, still an eternal presence in your life?

No matter what you do, no matter how you look, know matter how many mistakes you’ve made; you can never let God down because He love you without conditions, without measure and with no reservations. 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 us unconditional love.

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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