You Cannot Hide Your Sins from God

July 29, 2010 by  
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Reading for the day: Proverbs 28:13

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Have you done something that you know is wrong in God’s eyes?  Have you confessed your sin with a contrite heart, or are you avoiding the issue, hoping the problem will go away?

Toddlers often do this.  They may take a cookie they weren’t allowed to have, or push down a playmate.  When we ask them if they did it, they look innocent and say, “No!  Not me!” even when we saw them do it.  As parents, we know that we can’t let them get away with lying about what happened, because even if they deny it, they did something wrong and they must admit it and learn from their mistake.  We may even say, “It’s okay that you pushed your sister, but lying about it is wrong.  I’d rather you tell me the truth even if you did something bad than lie to me.”

Then why do we so often try to ignore our own sins?  Perhaps we’ve fudged a bit on our tax return, or gossiped behind someone’s back.  Maybe we have cheated on our spouse or been unfair to our children.  But whatever the sin, we cannot hide them from God.  Like a watchful parent, He sees our sins even if we don’t acknowledge them ourselves.  But we need to confess them openly and honestly; only then will we learn from our mistakes and gain God’s mercy and forgiveness.  God asks us to confess so that we can move on – the burden of a ‘hidden’ sin is one we don’t have to carry.

Prayer Suggestion:  If you have been avoiding confession of your sins, don’t wait another day.  Lay all of them before God and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, speaker and author of bestselling 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 online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Where God Guides He Provides

February 17, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Philippians 4:19

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

Abraham was told to pack up his family and move to a faraway land he had never been to. Noah was told to build an ark when there was no water in sight. Esther was told to go and see the king when she was not summoned which meant almost certain death.

Each of these situations was unsettling at best to the person who was told to do them. The one leading them was God.

When others direct us to do things, we follow for many reasons, not the least of which is trust. But, they are made of flesh and bone just like us and can’t guarantee the outcome of any situation with 100% accuracy. On the other hand, when God asks us to do something, we ask for a thousand signs from Him.

If you haven’t read the stories of these three people above take a minute to do so. They each have a common thread – God provide what they needed to do what He asked. It can feel like we are alone when no one else goes with us, but God is always there. And, He won’t leave you without the help you need to achieve the task.

It works out that way every time. Now, remember, we didn’t say that it works out the way that “we” think it should but God will work things out for your good when He leads you forward into uncertainty.

Prayer Suggestions: God, I am scared to walk this path alone. But, if you say I must go, I will, knowing that you will be there to meet me.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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

Choose to Be Free from Your Past

February 15, 2010 by  
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I don’t know many people who live entirely without regrets.  Unless we’ve been blessed with a significant bump on the head, most of us carry around memories we’d rather forget.  But it is up to us to decide whether we strain our muscles dragging this baggage around or whether we unpack our issues and deal with them.  (We can always repack, right?)

In Chapter 8 of the Book of John, Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, and some teachers brought in a woman who had been caught cheating on her husband.  They made her stand in front of everyone and they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  Now what do you say?”

Have you ever felt like this woman?  I know I have.  Not that anyone has ever attempted to stone me, thank God, but I’ve had metaphorical rocks hurled at me plenty of times.  Do you know what Jesus said to her accusers?  He said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  The teachers wandered off and the woman stood where she was, until Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.  “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

There are many lessons to be taken from this simple story.  First of all, Jesus calls the teachers out:  Hey, we all have a past.  We all have issues.  Every one of you has something you’d rather not share.  Then he tells the unnamed woman, “I do not condemn you.”  This might not have meant as much to her then as it does to us now.  We don’t know whether or not she was aware that she was receiving a pardon from God Himself.  But we can look at this scene and know that Christ was saying to this woman, “I am not judging you, go on now, get on with your life, and stop cheating on your husband.”

Can this apply to any mistakes we’ve made in our pasts?  Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross so that we could be forgiven our sins.  If we wallow in unnecessary, harmful guilt, then we are not fully accepting His sacrifice, His selfless gift.  If He wanted us to feel guilty, to spend time, and muscle power, dragging that baggage around, He wouldn’t have made the ultimate sacrifice.  He gave His life to buy our freedom.  Our freedom from sin, our freedom from death, and our freedom from our own pasts.  Later on in this same chapter, Christ says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Jesus Christ is this Truth.

So, you’re asking, what about those of us who have suffered due to no fault of our own?  Yes, painful things certainly happen to innocent people.  Victims of disease, oppression, rape, child abuse, adultery, the list goes on.  Life is not fair.

Faith is easier said than done.  It is difficult for those who have truly suffered to believe that their suffering can lead to a greater purpose.  In the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 1, Verse 11, the Apostle Paul writes, “In him we are also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  Believers are chosen by God.  Sometimes, when we are suffering, or when we have suffered, we wish we hadn’t been chosen, but the truth is, it feels good to be chosen, especially when we are able and willing to believe that our suffering, our pain, is going to work out for the purpose of His will.  God is love.  God’s will leads to love, even if there are some unlovely bumps in the road.

Writer George Bernard Shaw wrote, “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well teach it to dance.”  This is an apt metaphor for creativity, and that’s how this quote is usually interpreted, but it also reminds me of God’s Will.  Oftentimes, we are able to use our past, our mistakes, or our time spent as innocent victims, to love others, to glorify God.  Recovering alcoholics can minister to those struggling with alcoholism.  Ex-convicts can go minister in the jails.  Rape victims can counsel other rape victims.

Suffering is difficult, but we need to know that God is not judging us.  Psalm 103 reads, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”  That’s a long way!  That’s infinity!  God has forgiven us.  In light of His sacrifice, it is the least we can do to forgive ourselves.   He has also asked us to use everything in our power for His glory.  Is it possible to use your past to bless others?  Is this the way to truly be free of it?

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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It’s Cool to Count on God

February 8, 2010 by  
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Few things in life are more difficult than being a teenager. From the age of twelve to eighteen, life resembles a rollercoaster. The highs are great, but the lows, well, the lows can be pretty lonely, can’t they?

As if growing up and figuring out who you are supposed to be isn’t enough of a challenge, society puts all this pressure on you to be cool. Look cool. Act cool. Make other people think you’re cool. And perhaps the most preposterous of them all: Believe that you are cool. Our culture does everything imaginable to eat away at your self-esteem, and then tells you that it’s your responsibility to feel good about yourselves. Tricky, isn’t it?

Many teenagers feel that Christianity isn’t cool. Depending on where you live, and the people you’ve been exposed to, maybe you’ve had negative experiences with Christianity. But a negative experience with organized religion is not the same as a negative experience with God. Religion might not be cool. But God is cool. Very cool.

You probably don’t think that rules are cool. (Who does?) Someone may have told you that if you want to be with God, you can’t drink, can’t think about the opposite sex, can’t swear, and have to get up early on Sundays.

God is much more than all that. God is not about rules. God is about freedom.

God is about helping you become who you are.

Here’s why God’s cool:

  • God is your best friend. At some point, you’ve probably had your heart broken by a friend. Has somebody betrayed you, talked about you behind your back, took something away just because they knew you wanted it? Probably. God will never do any of those things. God loves you and wants what’s best for you.
  • God will never leave you. Friends come and go. Relationships bloom suddenly and then vanish. But not God. He has been there for you since the beginning and will be there for you through eternity. Don’t you want someone to count on? God is that someone.
  • God is the only one who truly knows you. You’re changing so fast, you can barely keep up with yourself, right? You don’t even know who you are. Your parents certainly don’t seem to know. And your friends don’t seem to care who you really are. Well, the Bible tells us that God knew you before you were even conceived, that He has a plan for you, and that He knows how many hairs are on your head. God knows your thoughts before you even think them. Tired of feeling lost? Tired of feeling like nobody knows you? You should be tired! Feeling like that is exhausting! But you don’t have to feel like that. God knows exactly who you are, who you want to be, and who you can be.
  • God wants what’s best for you. While others may seem to be driving you crazy with demands about good grades, good behavior, good clothes, a good boyfriend or girlfriend, good music, God just cares about you.

In short, God is cool because He desires for you to be cool. Life is so much easier when you count on your best friend. So talk to Him. He’s always listening.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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 Can Turn Your Life Around

February 3, 2010 by  
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The Bible tells me that when I invite Jesus Christ into my life, I am invited to become a “new creation.”  In 2 Corinthians, Chapter 5, Paul writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone; the new has come!”  In Christ, I am invited to get rid of the old person, to be reinvented.  God promises me a fresh start, a clean slate.  Thousands and thousands of people have testified to how God has turned their lives around.  He can turn your life around too.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, in the Book of Jeremiah, God said this to a group of people exiled from Jerusalem:  “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Chapter 29)

God has a plan for us.  And he wants us to prosper.  He wants to give us hope and a future.  He knows us and treats us as individuals.  He can help us find out who we are meant to be.  It is in God that we can finally, fully know ourselves.

It doesn’t matter where we’ve been, what we’ve been through, or what we’ve done.  Because of Christ, we are forgiven for our mistakes.  God cares about where we are right now and where we are going.  God wants us to live up to the potential He has planned for us.  We are, after all, created in His image, and He wants to help us live up to that image.

This is why He sent the Holy Spirit into our lives, to comfort, to guide, to strengthen and to shape us.  The moment that we invite Christ into our lives, we also get the Holy Spirit.  They’re something of a package deal.  The Book of Acts tells us that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us! (Acts 1:8)  Power! Power to change, power to be, power to live!  “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7)  Do you think you don’t have the strength to walk away from something that hurts you, something that makes you weak, something you know you don’t want?  Think again.  Ask God.

When we reach out, when we ask God to change us, a transformation takes place.  The Bible calls it a “renewing of the mind.”  You will still be you, but you will be more than you.  You will be a better, stronger, wiser version of yourself.  In Philippians 4:13, the Apostle Paul says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  By inviting God to strengthen you, you are opening the world up to yourself.  You will be able to do anything, with God’s strength.

You will be able to walk away from things or people who have hurt you or made you suffer.  You will have the courage to be who you are supposed to be, a happy, thriving, vibrant individual with a purpose on this earth!  The gift is there waiting for you.  All you have to do is ask.  Tell God that you want to change, and that you want to start today.  If not now, when?

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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Dare to Be Vulnerable with God

February 1, 2010 by  
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A life with Christ brings with it a profound personal freedom.  Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  He also said, “And the truth will set you free.”  Free from what?  Some of us in this world are fortunate to already be free from oppression, free from hunger, free from disease and poverty and abuse.  But many of us are not free from ourselves, from those parts of our beings that weigh us down and make us weak.  Christ can, and wants to, free us from ourselves, from our debilitating flaws.

But first we must admit that we are weak.  That doesn’t just mean we need to say it aloud once, or tell a church leader.  That means we must believe that we are weak.  We must come to terms with the fact that we need God, that we cannot do it on our own.  This requires the ultimate vulnerability.  We must humble ourselves and stand (or sit, or kneel) in front of our Creator and say, “I recognize that I am weak.  I know that I need you.  Please take the reins.”

A relationship with God is often described by using marriage as a metaphor.  We want to be loved unconditionally, right?  But in order for us to experience this kind of love, we must allow the people in our lives who we love to know the real us.  If I wake up every morning playing the part, putting my best foot forward, the people in my life  would never even meet the real me, let alone be able to love me.  Not only would that “acting” not be fruitful, but it would be exhausting for me.  I want to be loved by the people in my life in spite of my weaknesses.

It is the same with God.  In God we can satisfy our innate need for that unconditional love, but we need to be willing to present ourselves before God in an honest, humble, and vulnerable state of mind.  Sure, we can believe in God and we can pray, and we can go to church and we can give to charity…  All of that is good.  But all of that will not and cannot provide the same freedom we get to experience if we just say, “Lord, I am nothing without you.  Make me something.”

It is painful to think about our shortcomings, our mistakes, our flaws, our wounds.  Yet it is precisely because of these difficulties that we need God.  What good is it, really, to ask for God’s love if we’re not going to allow that love to penetrate to the depths of ourselves, where we really need it?

So how do we ask for this love?  How do we show God our vulnerable sides?  Through prayer.  Through reading the Bible.  Through listening for the Holy Spirit’s voice.  The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” That doesn’t tell us to only pray for the big things, or for the things we’re not ashamed to ask for.  It tells us to pray “in everything.”  Just talk to God.  Just open yourself up for a conversation.  Part of that conversation can be found in the Bible.  The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to talk to us.  But we have to read it, and think about it, with open hearts and eyes, with humility, with vulnerability.  We have to admit that we need God’s side of the conversation before we’ll hear it.

Once we allow ourselves to need His love, we not only open ourselves up to more of God’s love, but we are able to love and appreciate God in a new way.  Jesus Christ was the poster child for vulnerability.  By allowing ourselves to be stripped of our egos and to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, we can better understand and appreciate just how vulnerably He lived out his years on earth.  Christ came to earth to serve, not to be served.  He opened himself up to ridicule, disrespect, misunderstanding, and eventually a torturous death.  Isn’t “turning the other cheek” the ultimate exercise in vulnerability?

So not only will vulnerability serve us well in our relationship with God, it will also allow us to understand and appreciate Christ even more.  What He went through.  The strength it must have taken for Him to be that weak.   To hang on that cross when He could have called down thousands of angels.  He allowed Himself to be vulnerable so that He could be an instrument of God’s will.

We too, can be instruments of God’s will.  But first, we must admit that we need Him.  We must acknowledge and surrender all those little things that make us who we are, that make us human, that make us weak.  When we give those up, when we say, “I need you God,” the Holy Spirit fills us with a new, holy, divine strength, and that strength sets us free.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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Never Underestimate and Limit God

January 27, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”          Ephesians 3:17-20

Why do we try to put God into a box?  God created all the boxes in the universe!  He’s only going to fit into one if He chooses to do so, and even then, that would be some box!  Yet we are constantly trying to squeeze God into a shape of our choosing.  Maybe we do this because we are trying to understand something that our minds cannot comprehend.

What we need to do instead is agree to not understand.  God’s love surpasses knowledge.  Our limited knowledge, our limited intellect, is human.  We are not supposed to understand yet.  And if we accept that, then we can find comfort and joy in the not knowing!

Once we accept God’s love, we become rooted and established in that holy love.  Our job is to work to understand the love, because the love surpasses knowledge.  If we suggest that something on earth cannot happen, then we are not seeking to understand how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ really is!  Why would we want to limit our God?  Don’t we want to be a part of something so unfathomable, so mysterious, so divine?  Once we agree to not understand, we can enter into a love so grand, it will fill us beyond the limits of ourselves, and spill out into the world, and into eternity.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, Please help me to stop trying to impose my human limitations on You.  I know that my knowledge cannot fully understand You.  Please help me glorify your mystery.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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Pray Bold Prayers

January 25, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

A friend of mine recently said to me, “How can I pray about me finding a job when there are thousands of people out there without jobs?”  This line of thinking can be extended in many different directions.  How can we pray for a new church roof when thousands of people are homeless?  How can we pray for our children when there are thousands of starving orphans in Africa?

These questions can truly boggle our mind.  That’s why we need to rid our minds of these questions, and give them to God.  We can pray about the church roof and about the homeless people because God instructs us, through the apostle Paul, to pray about everything.

We don’t honestly know what is and isn’t important to God.  We don’t yet know the full scope of His plan.  By limiting our prayers, we are assuming that we do know God’s mind.

God wants us to pray about everything, the large and the small.  He wants us to lay it all on Him.  This is one of the reasons I love to listen to children pray.  They haven’t yet learned to be presumptuous enough to suggest what God wants them to pray about.  They just pray from their hearts.  I’ve heard a little girl ask God to protect the shadows on her walls and  a little boy pray for his beloved dog.
We can ask God to end wars.  We can ask Him to cure cancer.  We can ask Him for a new church roof.  That is the beauty of the power of prayer.  It is through Christ we are strong, and it should be through prayer that we are bold.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, please help me to be honest with You and pray what’s really on my heart.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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God Direct My Path

January 22, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
~ Psalm 119: 105

Oftentimes, God’s will is a mystery.  It can be frustrated, when we feel like we’re left wondering what He wants us to do.  Sometimes we feel like we’re guessing, and then second-guessing ourselves.  It is in these in-between times, when we’re not sure where we’re being led, that we must lean on faith the most.

This faith can be strengthened by reading the Bible.  God’s Word will direct our paths, even if it feels like nothing’s happening.  We might read the Bible ten days in a row and feel like we’re not gleaning anything that can be applied to what’s happening in our lives at that moment, but then on the eleventh day, we encounter a bombshell verse that makes everything clear.

That is one reason why it is so important to read the Bible prayerfully.  We need to ask God to show us what He wants us to see in His word, to ask Him to guide us with His Scripture.

We also need to ask Him to let us know (We can request that He do it gently) when we’ve taken a wrong turn.  Sometimes we misinterpret His direction, or we listen to our own voices instead of His.  It is at these times, that we most need His guidance, but it is at these times that we might be the most resistant to accepting it.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear God, Please direct my path in every way.  Please show me Your will through Your Word and in my life.  And if I am on the wrong path, or about to make a wrong turn, please show me the right way.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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God Has a Pruning Process

January 13, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith.”
~ Proverbs 25:4

When gardeners prune bushes, they cut off dead or unsightly branches.  They do this for two reasons:  to make the bush more beautiful, and to improve growth.

God does the same thing with us.  He helps us to get rid of our dead branches, those things that have become part of us through life’s trials.  You know, the baggage we all carry around.  Sometimes, we are reluctant to let go of it, but it is this baggage, these dead or unsightly limbs, that keeps us from flourishing in God’s grace.  If we allow God to prune away these dead branches, we will be more ready and able to grow in our faith, and to grow as beautiful individuals designed in God’s image, for God’s purpose.  Do we really want dead branches getting in the way of such lofty goals?

This verse from Proverbs compares us to silver.  A silversmith has to heat up his metal, so that the dross will rise to the top, and he can scrape it off.  Sometimes God will apply a little pressure, a little heat, to our lives, so that our dross will become more visible, and He can help us scrape it off.  Then we are ready to be molded by the silversmith, by God.  Then we are ready to be beautiful, pure, gleaming silver, reflecting the light of God’s grace.

Change is difficult, but do any of us really want dead branches in our lives?  Wouldn’t any of us rather be heated up a little if it makes us shine more brightly?

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, please prune me for Your purpose.  I want to shine in Your grace.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing 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, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. 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.

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