God will Give you Inner Peace

November 16, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: St. John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

The gift that God left for us was the Comforter – the Holy Spirit. He reminds us of the things that God has told us in the past. He has a knack for bringing us these words when we need them most: in the stillness of the night, in the midst of turmoil, when everything seems to be against us.

Worry is the enemy of peace. It leads to physical and spiritual upheaval in our lives. Physically, worrying can lead to headaches, gastrointestinal distress and arguments. Spiritually, you begin to doubt what you know – that God is your supreme provider.

It was never His intention that His children should feel anything but protection and reassurance in Him. But, we often mistake the peace of the world as the peace He left us. You won’t find true security in things or circumstances that are based on human sources. It can always be taken away: money, cars, homes, jobs and etcetera.

God’s peace revolves around an unshakable knowledge that you are His and therefore have a purpose. No matter what you have done in the past, God will forgive you when you ask. He will lift you into His loving arms and set you back down on the right path with a new frame of mind. You’ll adopt His value system and also His way of viewing yourself and others. And, when you forget, the Holy Spirit will be there to remind you of the truth.

Prayer Suggestions: Take His strength as your own. Ask Him to protect your mind from negative thoughts that stop you from achieving His goals and reaping the bountiful blessings.

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

God Says You Got What It Takes

November 13, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Philippians 4:12-13

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

In life, you will have days that you feel unsure of yourself. It could be the fear of failure or even the fear of success. You don’t know if you have what it takes to do the job before you. Because we are human beings, this kind of thought pattern creeps into our daily living for Christ.

Even when God gives us something to do, we quietly question His logic in our minds. But you are not the first. Moses did the same thing. He stuttered when He spoke and questioned God at the burning bush for choosing Him to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt.

Gideon questioned God’s choice when he was asked to fight the Midianites. He remarked that he was the least of his house in the smallest tribe of the twelve (Manasseh). That sounds like some of us.

It may be natural to doubt, but God comes prepared. He gives us one thing that makes all the difference – the Holy Spirit. He works from the outside in to prepare us for what God wants us to do. No matter what God places before you, you have what it takes to overcome the circumstances.

Prayer Suggestions: Take His strength as your own. Ask Him to protect your mind from negative thoughts that stop you from achieving His goals and reaping the bountiful blessings.

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

God has Wired Us All So Differently

November 11, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.”

Have you ever been told that you are different? It may have hurt at first. The goal of every person seems to be conformity. No one wants to “stick out” in the crowd.

God challenges us to not conform but allow Him to transform us with His purpose. For want of being the same, people have taken their lives, committed crimes and denied associations. Look at Peter. He didn’t want to be associated with Jesus so he denied knowing Him to the crowd.

God did not create us all to be the same. The apostle Paul tells compares believers to a giant body. The body has different parts that must work together so that the entire body can move. Without the feet you couldn’t walk. Without the head, you couldn’t do anything.

Further on in the chapter, Paul talks about the gifts that God gives to us through the Spirit. The main point here is that the Spirit decides who receives what gift. If God has taken such care to choose who you will be, who are you to deny that in the face of mankind?

It is an honor to be loved and used by God. The fact that such an awesome God can use us is monumental. Your contribution in this life is important to Him. When people peg you as different, just smile and tell God “thank you.”

Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to show you who He wants you to be.

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

God Does Not Show Us Everything

November 9, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: 1 Corinthians 13:12

“Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

The thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians is about love. It is not the hand-holding kind of love but the love that God has for us that was demonstrated by Christ. It is the kind of love that we are told to have one for another.

The goal of science is to discover the mysteries of our world. We have come a long way from the age of dinosaurs. Who would ever have thought that we would be able to travel beyond this planet and move amongst the stars. But, it didn’t happen overnight. It was a process.

The same is true with God. We can’t always see the end of the road but we know it is there. One day at a time, God lays the foundation in our lives. Each day gives us hope for the future and, eventually we find out what God wanted us to see.

There is a danger in knowing the end result at the beginning. You never learn anything. God wants to empower us and that comes through faithful obedience that everything will be revealed in due course.

Who knows? That student you tutored patiently in math may one day become a great teacher, helping other students.

Prayer Suggestions: Lord, help me not be anxious about what you ask me to do today. Let me trust and leave the outcome to You.

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

Christian Youth – God Understands You

October 26, 2009 by  
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Christian youth, our God is a loving and merciful God. The things that you are going through may seem so much bigger than you, but God is bigger still. God understands everything about you. He understands what you are going through. God understands how you feel and He understands the things that are going on in your head. And God believes in you. He believes that you will fulfill all of the things that He has destined you to fulfill. God believes that you will overcome the obstacles in your life. These obstacles have been created in the world by sin. Sin broke unlimited man’s fellowship with God. Jesus gave that fellowship back to us and with it comes the ability to live victoriously. God has a plan for you to live victoriously and God believes that you will jump into the fullness of your destiny.

“The Lord will guide you continually.”

–Isaiah 58:11

Do not let people make you think that Christian living is “un-cool”, because it is not. God loves you and wants to have a close, intimate relationship with you. If you feel like no one else understands you and that know one else believes in you, then know that God understands you and He believes in you. He will never leave you or forsake you. God planned your destiny before you were even born. Your destiny is God’s successful plan for your life. God understands what you are going through and what you are feeling. He even understands how discouraged you can get. But, He gave you a way out of that discouragement. He has hope for you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will direct your paths. Lean on God, call out to God and He will answer you. God loves you so much.

“Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed”.

– 1 Chronicles 22:13

You are a Christian youth and that means that you have chosen to live for God, according to the Bible. You may not be able to do the things that you see other youth do, but God understands your feelings. He has given you the grace to be able to live for him. The Bible says that nothing can separate you from God’s love. No matter what you have done or where you have been, God will always accept you with his arms wide open. God understands. He wants to be your best friend. Gods love is unconditional. He will always love you no matter what you do. Go to God and tell Him that you love Him and ask Him to help you live for Him.

Know that God understands you. He understands your strengths and your flaws, and He has given you the strength to withstand temptation. No matter what you do God will always understand and love you. God made you. The Bible says that God formed you when in the womb and that he knew you even then. There is no one else who can love you more than God. Be encouraged and walk in the promises that God has for you. No matter what obstacles come your way: God believes in your ability to overcome and He loves you.

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

Matthew 28:20

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“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

–Jeremiah 17:7

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 Knows Our Weaknesses

October 23, 2009 by  
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Have you ever put on a “false face” or airs to fool someone else into thinking you were something you were not? Before you get your dander up, you are not the only one who has done that. Just take a look at the news and you’ll see many people who have been busted for perpetrating a fraud.

It’s tiring isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put your best foot forward, just be sure that it is your foot you are using. When the people you want to impress leave, you breathe a sigh of relief because you can go back to being yourself. The truth is that living like that is not living at all.

When we hide who we really are, no one gets to know the real you. Society tells us to hide who we are if it contradicts what the world thinks is normal or acceptable. To God we are all lights just waiting to be illuminated in the world.

In one of Jesus’ parables, he talked about hiding lights under a basket. You can’t see that way so you put the light in an area where it can shine throughout the entire room. Putting on airs is like hiding your light – no one can benefit, not even you. Your true purpose is not being served.

The big question is why do we hide in the first place? Will friends leave us or family disown us because we are not acting or living a certain way? God speaks to that through Jesus in His word. When we are forsaken by others for His glory, He will always be there to stand up for us.

It is bad enough that we hide in society, but even worse is that the habit of hiding stays with us when we come to Christ. Here’s a news flash: God knows all about your weaknesses. He knew about them when you were in the world and He knows about them now that you have accepted Him into your life.

What the world sees as shortcomings are opportunities for God. Maybe you have a disability or have a family member with a disability that you don’t want others to know about. The weakness you possess could be a carryover from your days “in the world” that you can’t seem to drop. What would the elders in the church think if they knew you struggled with something “unmentionable”?

The Apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his flesh. It is believed that this was a weakness or sin that he struggled with. Paul asked God to take it away so that he could be free, but God did not. Instead, He worked through Paul’s weakness to show His glory.

When your weakness is some type of bad habit, God doesn’t always take it away. Yes, He wants us all to be more Christ-like, but with His help. On our own, we can’t affect any lasting change in ourselves. Besides, society is okay with those types of habits.

The process of purging yourself of a weakness like that is where God transforms us. He uses our transformation as a way of showing others that He can change anyone. In the end, you are freed from your bad habit and someone else is blessed through your struggle. And, once you are free through Christ, you have truly conquered your weakness.

But, there is not only one type of weakness. The second type is the one we originally mentioned. Denying who you are because society doesn’t find it acceptable is disheartening to God. When you accept that He made you and that He doesn’t make mistakes, you can then embrace your difference (disability, weight, height, speech, etc.) and use it for His purposes. God uses the people society throws away to do great things for Him.

Throw away the “false face.” Whether you have a bad habit that is lingering or you are different in other ways, God already knows about it and can do great things with you. If He is not ashamed to own you, then who cares what the world thinks?

Additional Scriptures:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

-          John 8:36

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“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each 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.”

-          2 Corinthians 12:8-9

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

-          Lamentations 3:22-23

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.

Ask God for Help

September 2, 2009 by  
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Reading for the day: Psalm 121:1-2

“I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the L
ord,
who made heaven and earth!”

Everyone needs help. We were put on this earth to help one another. Asking for help is another story entirely.

Depending on which generation you grew up in, there are all sorts of reasons to ask for or not to ask for help. Here’s one that is particularly wrong that many people believe: “Only weak people ask for help. If you are strong, you don’t need it.” That sounds like advice from way back. It needs to stay there.

In the New Testament, Jesus told the people that he came to seek and to save that which was lost. If you are lost, how are you going to find your way without help? On a trip, you may not ask for directions and eventually find your way, taking the roundabout route. There’s no harm or foul here except lost time. In your life, not seeking God’s help can lead to all sorts of situations that may prove disastrous and have lasting effects.

The best thing about seeking God’s help is that you don’t have to fill out a requisition form or make an appointment to get a little bit of His time. There are no rules except that you believe He exists and longs to do what is best for you. Talk to God in the shower, as you look for a parking spot at the grocery store, in the car, while cleaning, and anywhere else you happen to be.

It is not weakness to ask an Almighty God for help. In fact, it is pretty smart. When you want to know something, you go to the One who knows it all. Now your decisions will be built on a sure foundation. He will change your life into something that you never thought it could be.

Prayer Suggestion: Prayer is a conversation with God. Strike one up with Him throughout the day to stay connected to His power.

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.

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