God has Wired Us All So Differently

November 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

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 Knows Our Weaknesses

October 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles

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.

Rejection is God’s Protection

May 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love

Right now you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right.  How can rejection be a form of protection?”  But I’m not talking about rejecting by God.  The Lord will never reject you – He will always love and accept you!  The rejection I’m talking about is the rejection you sometimes face in your own life.  When you feel like the world is rejecting you, whether at work, in your personal life or through the loss of something important to you, that may be God’s way of protecting you.

No matter where you are, you should accept it as the place God wants you to be and trust in God’s perfect timing.  Thank God that He has seen in His wisdom to answer some of your prayers in unexpected ways and to answer others in the negative, because sometimes what we thought was the best for us wasn’t the best at all.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

- Garth Brooks Song

The song lyrics above are good ones to keep in mind.  We should thank the Lord for all of the doors that He has opened and thank Him even more for the doors that He has closed in our lives.  We should learn to trust that He know what is best for us and is in control of our destinies.  We may not understand everything that is happening and we can’t know what is in store for us in the future, but if we trust in Him, we can move forward knowing that He has our best interests at heart.  After all, He knows the future and understands that there may be something far greater just around the next corner for us.

When we lose a job, go through a divorce, don’t get that promotion we wanted or face any other form or rejection or disappointment, we must remember to fight our discouragement and put our faith in god.  The temporary rejection is God’s protection of our future.  He is protecting us from some future hurt or sorrow by putting us on the proper path in the here and now.  Yes, it can be a painful and harsh path to walk, but if we walk it in faith and allow God to comfort and keep us, we will get through the rejection and we will come out stronger on the other side, ready to accept the greater gifts He has waiting for us in the future!

Relax and learn to trust God.  He is on your side.  Ask God for His will and not your own.  Being in God’s will is the safest place you can ever be.  One of the most important aspect of faith is trusting that God will know what is right for you, even when you don’t understand His reasons.  When it seems like your prayers aren’t being answered, it may be that God is protecting you from danger or sorrow that you can’t see, the timing isn’t right or that God has something far better planned for you that you haven’t even thought about.   Give yourself over to Him completely and realize that any rejection you suffer from is only temporary here on earth, and that God’s plan is all-encompassing and will always prevail.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight.

- Proverbs 3:5

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

- Proverbs 3:6

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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Caregivers are God’s Precious Gift to Us

May 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

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.