Embrace God’s Silence

November 4, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Palm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”

Have you ever had the “silent treatment” from someone? It mostly happens when you are kids in school. The first thing you do is wonder what you did wrong to deserve such a cold shoulder from someone who was talking to you the day before.

Sometimes it can feel like we are getting the “cold shoulder” from God. We wait to hear from Him and are met with our own thoughts. Unlike the immature attitude adopted when we were kids, God’s silence is not a punishment or a thoughtless act.

The current generation seems to hate silence. Each and every day is filled with noises of some kind. We’d rather talk to ourselves than be surrounded by the loudness of quiet.

Why does God allow such moments, especially when He can see that we are in distress? It is a tool that teaches us to listen to the Spirit within us. We definitely know how to talk, but do we know how to hear?

When your world seems to be spinning out of control, you panic and the last thing you want to encounter is the closed doors of heaven. But, the adage goes, “When a door closes, God always opens a window.” In this case, the window of your mind needs to be open.

It is in those silent, peaceful moments that the Spirit reminds us how good God has been in our life. What has he delivered you from before? Didn’t He meet your needs at every turn? Now your soul is calmed knowing that there is not a situation in your life that God can’t handle.

Prayer Suggestions: Make time to listen to the Spirit each day and rediscover God’s goodness in the silence.

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.

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

God Can Heal Brokenness

May 25, 2009 by  
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You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge or confront. When we are broken of spirit, the wounds of the past can overwhelm us and cause us pain and suffering, but God can heal our brokenness. He can’t do this, however, if we don’t first turn our hurts and sorrows over to Him.

There is nothing God hasn’t heard before, nothing He hasn’t seen. You can shed your tears and bring your heart aches to Him and He will heal your broken heart and wounded spirit. He understands your tears and will give you the grace to not only carry on, but to triumph, all you have to do is turn to him with a contrite and willing heart. Ask God today to be the glue that binds the broken pieces of your shattered soul back together.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 147:3

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

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

Jeremiah 17:14

1. Actively seek God and His healing.

2. Confess that you are broken and that you are in need of His healing power.

3. Forgive yourself and others for whatever has happened. As long as you hold onto blame or anger, your brokenness will remain.

4. Let go of the bitterness and acknowledge that, no matter what has befallen you, you have something to be thankful for. This can be the most difficult step, especially if your loss has been a profound one. But as you pray to the Lord, He will remind you of the amazing gift that He has given you – eternal life and His unending love! With these two great gifts, how can we hold onto our earthly sorrows?

5. Express your gratitude. Prayerfully thank the Lord for each day ahead of you that is a wealth of possibilities and the grace that grants you peace.

6. Remember that God has not burdened you with more than you can bear. You are still here! And with God’s help you will rise from your knees with a stronger, steadier spirit than ever!

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

- Psalm 145:18

God will hear your entreaties and make good on His promise to you. He will bring joy and meaning back into your life.

There is a straight and righteous path to God’s healing if we know the steps to take:

You must admit that you’ve turned away from Him to concentrate on your own pain, and put forth a contrite and loving heart. Ask the Lord sincerely to take away your selfishness and your inability to turn from your sorrow and pain, and He will give you the strength and love to move beyond your past and step into a loving future in His presence.

How do we ask God to heal our brokenness? By making our wounded hearts and souls a living sacrifice to Him. Brokenness comes from holding on to our sorrows and letting them eat away at us. When we turn over those hurts to the Lord and ask Him to accept them, we have taken the first step toward healing.

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.

The Power of God

May 23, 2009 by  
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The power of God is unlimited and, in its vastness, unknowable in all its forms, yet this amazing and vast power gives us hope and should give us the confidence to go forward in life without fear.  Think about the infinite power of God – He is the One who rolls back the clouds and brings forth sunshine after a storm.  He orders the winds to blow and creates the seasons in order to bring forth food on the earth and provide for all the creatures on it.  We can rely on the fact that night follows day and winter is followed by spring because God’s power makes it so.

In fact, God is unique in all the universe in His power.  He is has attributes that no one and nothing else has that demonstrate the infinite variety and omniscience of His power:

¨    No other creature is capable of creation from nothing.  God alone created the universe itself and all the creatures in it.  He created night and day, the planets and stars and everything on the earth that sustains life.  He willed the very universe into existence and existed before it came into being.

¨    No other creature is self-sustaining like God is.  Plants require water and light, animals and people require food.  God requires nothing – He simply Is, with nothing else required.

¨   No other creature can forgive like God can forgive.  While we can forgive others for harm they may have done to us, no one has the ability to forgive us all of our transgressions and grant absolution – giving us hope of eternal life.

¨    No other creature is Infinite.  He was here at the beginning of time, and is outside of time.  In fact, God and His son, Jesus Christ, are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega of the universe.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

- John 1:1-4

So who or what should we put our faith in?  The power of kingdoms and men will fade away, but God is eternal.  He is like nothing and no one else and can be relied on for all your needs.  Do you fully realize and understand the power of His presence in your life?  Many believers speak of the acts of god, but have you ever considered the amazing power of His presence in your own life, the personal power that you have by giving your life over to Him?

If God is for us, who can be against us?”

- Roman 8:31

The next time you are fearful or do not know where to turn, remember that the most powerful force on earth and in heaven is God.  He doesn’t have to do anything but be there, and you have all you need to overcome anything.

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

- Luke 1:37

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 Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things

May 22, 2009 by  
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There is no such thing as the wrong side of the tracks with God. I think it was Jim Collins who wrote the book “Good to Great,” which said, “It is a sin to be good when you can be great.” The power of God is unlimited. God is not limited in any way by your education, economic status, race or social standing. Those are artificial limitations that only matter to the world, not to the Lord.

If you say, “God, I am available to You and I submit and surrender to Your will for my life,” something amazing will start to happen in your life because God will use you to do His will and purpose. God will take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary! Develop a habit of being what God knows you can be and surrender fully to His will. Remember that His view is the long view of the world and His goals are not focused on the little picture. God can do extraordinary things using ordinary people in seemingly small ways.

There was a young girl at the turn of the century outside of Philadelphia who was crying near a small church when the pastor walked by. When he asked her what was wrong, she sobbed that there hadn’t been enough room in the Sunday School class for her. Seeing her filthy clothes, the pastor guessed that she may have been turned away for other reasons. He marched her back in and found a place for her in the class. She listened and loved the Bible stories she heard each Sunday after that.

Two years later, the little girl died. When the pastor came to make final arrangements, he discovered a coin purse with her belongings. Inside the coin purse was 57 cents and a slip of paper that said, “To make the church bigger so more kids can go to the Sunday School.”

The pastor told the girl’s story that Sunday in church, and challenged his deacons to raise enough money to build a bigger church. The newspapers picked up the story. And a realtor offered a parcel of land worth thousands of dollars to build the church on. When told that the church couldn’t afford the asking price, he offered to sell it to them for 57 cents.

It would seem impossible to build a church with 57 cents, but that didn’t stop one little girl from trying to create a miracle. Today you can go to Temple Baptist church of Philadelphia and Temple University. Go visit the Sunday School building next to Good Samaritan Hospital, where there is more than enough room for everyone. In one room you will see the picture of a young girl who started it all with 57 cents. Alongside it is the picture of the Reverend Dr. Russell Conwell, who multiplied that 57 cents through countless others.

God had taken the very ordinary donation of a poor child, less than a dollar, and turned it into something extraordinary! It became the driving force that turned the heart of a landowner, motivated the revival of a church and eventually founded a University! All because an ordinary young minister made sure an ordinary young girl went to Sunday School one ordinary morning.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

- Philippians 4:13

God always sees what is inside of us. We all have gifts, talents and opportunities that He can shape into miraculous moments. We must stop looking at what we don’t have and start looking at what God can do 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

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

Can God Lead You to Self-Discovery

May 20, 2009 by  
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There are hundreds of self-help books on the shelves today about self-awareness or self-discovery. More people take time off every year from their normal lives so that they can “find themselves.” In fact, it has even become somewhat of a joke that people going through a mid-life crisis are trying to find themselves – as though they misplaced who they are!

But it isn’t always a joke. True self-discovery is crucial to being comfortable in our own skins and is a key element of being a successful Christian. God wants us to understand ourselves, not in a selfish way, but in the sense that we must understand our place in His creation and His plan if we are too be fully appreciative of Him. We can’t know God without knowing ourselves, because we are His children!

Through the ages, many people have recognized this and prayed for the awareness to understand themselves better. St. Augustine asked God to guide him toward self-discovery centuries ago:

Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know Thee.”

St. Augustine

Self-discovery is about learning not only who you are, but what part you hold in God’s plan. He didn’t create you in order to simply take up space! He has a purpose especially for you, and until you go on the journey of self-discovery, you can’t understand what your role is. After all, how can you fulfill the destiny God has for you unless you know what gifts you can use to achieve that destiny? Just as important is the flip side of self-discovery – awareness of your faults. Knowing what causes you to stumble and fall is crucial to success in any endeavor, but never more so than when you are seeking God.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

Psalm 119:130

When you search for me, you will find me: if you seek me with all your heart.”So self-discovery goes both ways – God can help you achieve it, and the more self-aware you are, the closer you can draw to God. How wonderful that God has created this unique dynamic for us!

Ask God Questions to Discover Your True Self

God will always be there when we come to Him with questions. He wants us to ask questions so that He can give us the right answers and guide us in the right paths, so don’t be afraid to ask when you’re seeking your true self.

Why am I here?·

What do you want me to do with my life?·

What do you want me to learn?·

How do I overcome my fears, self-doubts and insecurities?·

What steps do I need to take to further understand myself and God?

All of the questions above can be taken to God in prayer. Whenever you talk to God, you learn a bit more about yourself. You can discover ways to overcome your flaws when you lay them down before Him. You can understand better how to use the gifts He has given you and will be able to manage them better.

When you begin the journey of self-discovery through God, never be afraid of what you find out about yourself! God made you distinctive for a reason! Finding out what that reason is and following the plan God has for you is the greatest form of self-discovery there is !

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.

Overcoming Grief – Meeting It, Managing It and Mastering It

May 18, 2009 by  
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Grief is a part of the healing process when you have experienced any kind of loss.  Getting past that grief, whether it is over the loss of a loved one, a relationship or a job, and moving on with your life may leave you feeling like a stranger in a strange land.  The familiar may seem unfamiliar and the routine may become a challenge when you are filtering everything through the haze of sorrow and confusion brought on by grief.

You need to keep in mind that even during your moments of greatest sorrow, you are not alone.  Remember that you are eternally in the presence of God’s divine love, which fills any void temporarily left by grief.

This is my comfort in my distress, that your promises give me life.”

- Psalm 119:50

There are experts who break down the stages of grief into six categories.  These can be very helpful when defining the various phases you go through as you adjust to traumatic events in your life:

-     Stage One:  Denial & Isolation

-     Stage Two:  Anger

-     Stage Three:  Bargaining

-     Stage Four:  Depression

-     Stage Five:  Acceptance

-     Stage Six:  Resurrection

While these six stages are an excellent way to gauge whether you are moving forward, there is another way to look at grief and how you handle it – a three-part process of meeting it, managing it and mastering it. These three phases allow you to process your grief in your life in clear, straight-forward ways that enable you to move forward with God’s help.

Meeting Your Grief

Meeting your grief is the process of letting it in and acknowledging it.  You need to get past the denial that you may go through in the early stages after something tragic has occurred.  You can’t cope properly with sorrow unless you are able to face it head-on, accepting it for what it is and how it is impacting your life.

Praying for God’s help as you face your grief will give you the strength to accept the loss and understand that you have the strength with His love to survive that loss.  There are many different kinds of loss that can be a source of grief.  Regardless of what they are, you must be able to meet them and look them square in the face and be able to embrace it, if not willingly, at least realistically.

Sometimes we deny losses in our lives for many months or even years rather than meeting them and acknowledging them.  Examples of loss like this include:  loss of trust, loss of love, marriage or a spouse, loss of virginity, loss of security, loss of acceptance, loss of friendship, loss of innocence, loss of education, loss of security, loss of a child or loss of employment.

When you are ready to let go of the festering pain that these losses are causing you, pray to the Lord and He will help you Meet Your Grief.  You will need to take that time to properly mourn.  You may cry for a while, or spend some time alone or talk with someone who understands your pain.  Whatever you need to do to allow the pain to be washed away is fine.  At that point, you have taken the first step toward overcoming your grief.

Managing Your Grief

Managing your grief means understanding how to live your life and move forward with grief as a part of the whole.  The Lord will give you the strength to integrate your sorrow into your daily living and learn how to slowly overcome the pain and depression that may have stopped you from moving forward before you met your grief.  Management is about being able to slowly let the normalcy of life back into your days and giving yourself permission to move on.   When your life begins to feel familiar to you once again, you are successfully managing your grief.

Mastering Your Grief

Mastering your grief is when you are able to move past it and overcome it.  You do not have to forget the past or lose the memories of what has happened, but you do have to overcome the power that the grief has to hurt you.  It is healthy to grieve a loss, but there comes a time for the mourning to end and new life to begin.

Mastering your grief can be difficult because you may feel guilty moving on, but God assures us that our lives are meant to have many different phases and nothing, including grief, is meant to last forever.  He has created a world for us that is meant to be celebrated even when bad things happen.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven…

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

When you have a grief to cope with, remember that the Lord is always listening and will be there to give you comfort and support.  Pray for His help and you will find that the road toward meeting, managing and mastering your grief will be one you can travel with less sorrow than you would have expected.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that in Your presence I will find everything that I ever need.  Thank you for your love, which is so great that You desire to restore my life in every way.

Thank you that I don’t have to live forever with sadness, hurt or depression.  I know that You will come to my aid in my time of sorrow and comfort me.  I have grieved the losses in my life, and I am so thankful that You have brought me to a place of peace and resurrection.  As I move forward to pick up the pieces of my life a divine transformation is taking place, and a new me is emerging while letting go of the hurt and the pain.

I choose peace this day and worship You, the God of peace and love.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

The indwelling love of God is our source of inspiration for overcoming grief. Thank You, God , for Your presence of love, life, and light.

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.

Caregivers are God’s Precious Gift to Us

May 14, 2009 by  
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Caregivers are unique and special people and are a precious gift from the Lord.  They nurture others, provide solace during times of pain or turmoil, and help to shape our lives.  They provide great comfort, healing and understanding to those who need tenderness, attention and love.  In fact, caregivers are reflections of God in their example of sacrifice for others.

If you are a caregiver, you know that sometimes it can weight you down and wear away at your energy and mood.  But take heart in knowing that you are doing God’s work here on earth.  The good you do for others will come full circle, bringing you blessings in unexpected ways and from different people.  Sometimes it may seem that those blessings are in the distance, but rest easy knowing the God sees and loves your care for others because it is what He has commanded us to do:

“In everything do to others what you would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets.”
- Matthew 7:12

Being a caregiver is about putting others before yourself; something that isn’t always easy.  We are so tied to the earthly concept of taking care of ourselves and looking out for our own benefit that it can seem unfair to have to take care of others, particularly if there are problems the person we’re caring for brought on themselves.  But God doesn’t differentiate between people that way – He loves the sinner as well as the saint, and desires that we care for all people as His people.

When you feel like you are being dragged down by your responsibilities as a caregiver, remember that you are imitating Christ when you show humility and service to others.  These are the ideals of Christian living in action, and God will provide you comfort, even as you comfort others.  He will give you the strength you need to carry on and will not forget that you have lived in His image.

Caregivers often develop a special relationship with the Lord through their service.  Humbling yourself to the needs of others can bring you great spiritual insight – you realize the greatness of the sacrifice made for you through Christ, you understand the overwhelming love of the Lord, and you prepare yourself for heaven by bringing yourself closer to God’s ideal for all of us.

There is a traditional and much-loved hymn that demonstrates the soul of a caregiver.  The words express that attitude that God hopes each of us will have when confronted with someone’s need for a caregiver:

“I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here am I, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.”

Answer God’s call to you when a caregiver is needed, and become one of His precious gifts to the world.  Your heart and soul will profit far more from your service than anything that you could ever lose.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

- 1 Peter 3:8

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.

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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