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

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.

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

Christian Youth – God has a Bright Future for You

October 28, 2009 by  
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We live in a confusing and changing world. With so much discord and unhappiness swirling around it can sometimes feel impossible to lead a truly Christian life. When our political and social leaders are making great missteps and failing to succeed as being an example of good Christian living, it is easy to get discouraged. Despair not though, as a Christian you need not look to those around you to feel God’s love or for a good example. Know that your Heavenly Father wants only the best for you as a Christian youth, and that He provides you with all that you will ever need to succeed.

” For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord . They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

The times that Jesus Christ lived in were no less tumultuous than the times we live in now. Through his actions and great love for man, God showed the people of that time what it meant to be a Christian. God sacrificed his only begotten son, so that we would be able to love one another as God loves us and that we would fulfill his wishes by leading a good Christian life. The Christian youth of today is blessed with the opportunity to live in a time that you can do so much good in sharing God’s word. Know that you are blessed and have the power to help others by setting a good example of Christian living.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

–Philippians 4:13

Living your life as a good Christian means accepting others even though they may be different. The Christian youth of today can make a radical and lasting difference in the world by living their lives as God would want; by leading by example and by demonstrating that a good Christian life is a full one. Family, friends and God’s word are the greatest gifts that one can ever share and are all the rewards that come from Christian living. We are so blessed to have God’s great love in our lives. How better to honor that love than to share it with others who may be living in darkness?

“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them ,because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6

Armed with the great love of God, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome. Being a Christian offers you so many opportunities to share God’s word and God’s love. Don’t be afraid to be overjoyed at the great gift you have as a Christian youth. Know that, no matter what trial you are facing, God’s love will see you through. Stick to your beliefs, and live your life as God has commanded and you will reap the rewards of a good Christian life. Even in your darkest hour your great faith and Christian living will light your soul and fill you with a great peace, knowing that you are never alone.

“The Lord will guide you continually”

–Isaiah 58:11

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.

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.