Women of the Bible

November 11, 2011 by  
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We all know the stories of the great men of the Bible. From Abraham, Moses and Noah through to the New Testament gospel writers and Paul, their stories are vital to our faith history. Yet the role of women in the Bible should not be understated. Stories of ordinary women with extraordinary strength and courage abound, giving inspiration and encouragement to women today.

In the Old Testament we find an array of such women. Sarah, wife of Abraham, possesses courage, patience and forbearance in abundance.  After leaving her home following God’s promise to Abraham that he would be ‘father of many nations’ (Gen 17:5) she pretends to be Abraham’s sister to save him from Pharoah. Unable to conceive a child, she allows Abraham to father a son with Hagar, a slave. As Sarah’s situation deteriorates, God rewards her faith and she conceives her son Isaac. God fulfils his promise to Abraham, and Sarah becomes the mother ‘of many nations’. (Genesis Chapters 12-21).

After years of infertility, Hannah, too, prayed desperately to God for a child. Weeping, she promised to give her son in service to the priests.  That son was Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament (1 Samuel 1).

Esther is chosen for marriage to King Xerxes who is unaware of her Jewish background.  Warned of a plot to destroy the Jewish people, Esther risks her life to save them by appealing directly to the King. Courageously she declares, ‘if I perish I perish’ (Esther 4:16).  Ultimately, Esther’s bravery saves her people and her actions are remembered in the Jewish Feast of Purim.

Ruth, a Moabite widow, followed her mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and became the grandmother of David from whose line Jesus is descended.

Most revered of all is Mary, mother of Jesus, a virgin when she conceived the son of God.  Mary trusted God with all her heart, responding to the angel who told her of God’s plans, ‘‘I am the Lord’s servant… May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38).   Her cousin Elizabeth, barren for many years, became the mother of John the Baptist.

In Acts Chapter 18, we find Priscilla, one of the earliest teachers of Christian theology. When Paul arrived in Corinth he worked for Priscilla and her husband Aquila, who were tentmakers.  Forming a close friendship with Paul, they accompanied him to Syria. Priscilla taught and organised Christian groups in her home, one of her most notable pupils being Apollos, a renowned Christian preacher in the first century.

Eve, Deborah, Rebekah, Tamar, Rahab in the Old Testament, Martha and Mary in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene, present at all of the crucial events in the life of Jesus and the first witness of the Resurrection; the list of women who responded to God’s call goes on.

God works in the ordinary, He works with us where we are today.  He calls to us and if we respond to our calling, He uses us where we are.  It doesn’t always include a miracle or a grand gesture of faith, it can often be in the context of our day to day lives.

Take heart and inspiration from Women in the Bible.  Read the countless stories of how God used these often ordinary women for extraordinary purposes. As you read, remember always that ‘nothing is impossible with God’. (Luke 1:37). Listen for His voice as you pray today and let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate your world.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Training to see God in Disappointments

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day – Hebrews 13:5 –
‘God has said, ‘never will I leave you, never will I forsake you’.’ (NIV)

Sometimes we don’t always get what we want, when a relationship disintegrates, or a longed for job is offered to someone else – or when things just don’t work out, no matter how hard we try.  When the odds are seemingly stacked against us it’s easy to become angry with God and blame him for our setbacks. After all, isn’t He in charge of everything?

The verse from Hebrews tells us that God is always by our side, no matter what we are going through.  When our prayers go unanswered we turn to God in dismay as if He has let us down, but Proverbs 3:5 tells us ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’.

Rather than focus on ourselves, we need to focus on God.  God is love. He wants the best for us.  He has a plan for our lives and often He will use our disappointments to strengthen our faith and deepen our trust in Him. We may not get that longed for job because God wants us to serve Him elsewhere. Perhaps the relationship that felt so right was a stumbling block between us and God.

As Paul reminds us in Romans 5:5, we always have God’s hope: ‘And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us’.

If you are in the midst of disappointment, remember God’s promise. God is unchanging. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Prayer Suggestion : Thank you Lord for being with me always.  Help me to trust that you will never leave me and to live in the hope of your Holy Spirit.  Let me lean on you and depend only on your eternal promise of love through Your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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The Source of Our Strength

November 2, 2011 by  
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Reading for the Day – Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

We all feel very strong in the times of well being. But, the true strength of a person is tested in the times of tempest. If a person was able to stand the test and overcome life struggles and difficulties, they have shown their strength. There are many things, that can break us and many things we draw our strength from. It could be your family, your health, your looks, your friends, your financial or social standing.

However, there come times in our lives, when all those sources of strength fail. It is the most desperate situation, when a person has nowhere to turn for help or for strength. However, there is one source of strength, which never fails. The strength in this source is unlimited. No situation too hard, no foe to strong, no sickness too lethal. When the Lord is the source of your strength, you draw on the infinite and supernatural power of God.

He does not just supply you with enough strength to overcome, but He becomes your defense and your salvation. He puts His supernatural protection around you and over you. He shelters you. And, when you go forth, He becomes your strength to win.

And, there is no need to come to a certain place to draw from Him or to do a certain thing to receive His strength. You always keep it in your heart. Whenever and wherever you call upon the Lord, He hears and answers you. No night too dark, no situation too hopeless for Him to solve or brighten up.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray to the Lord to teach you, how to rely on His strength, how to access it and put it to practice in your life. Pray to show you the Scriptures and learn, how God’s strength can do wonders in your personal life and help you.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Putting Faith into Action

October 24, 2011 by  
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Reading for the day – James 2: 14-18

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

The way to put our faith into action is so obvious, that sometimes we tend to overlook it. We may get a bit entangled in all those teachings on high spiritual matters and forget the simple things of life. The Gospel of our Lord is simple, extremely simple and all its rules or laws, are too.

So, how do you put your faith into practice? You just do, what you believe. Just believing something in your heart is not enough. As long as your faith or conviction stays just inside of you, it stays dead. Faith makes you leap, while unbelief makes you wait.

It does not mean, you have to go ahead and do every thing, that comes to your mind. When it comes to faith, you have to be very careful. Make sure you believe the truth. Faith is like an investment. You have it, just be careful to invest it right. If you believe in truth, it is a sure and safe investment. If you believe in lies, it can ruin your life.

But, once you make sure, you believe the right thing, you have to take an action and bear fruit. If you believe God is the rewarder of faithful people, give money, sow and you will reap. Unless you physically sow, take an action and give, you won’t reap. If you believe, you have to go somewhere, go there. Do not waste your time believing it, but not taking any action.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray to the Lord to help you invest your faith in right words or ideas. Pray to Him to show you the truth and the way for your life, to believe it, hold fast to it and to act upon it.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Facing Life’s Obstacles

October 20, 2011 by  
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Reading for the Day – John 16:33

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 

If there is one thing common to all people from all nations, continents, background, financial and social standing, that would be life difficulties and obstacles. Even the richest and most famous people suffer. Saints suffer, too. These sufferings may come from different sources. Some sufferings come from this sinful and imperfect world, others are cause by our mistakes and sins. Some might be the work of the devil.

No matter where these hardships come from, they make us suffer. But, suffering and misery are two different things. When people meet life obstacles on their way, they deal with them differently. Some fall into misery, while others take heart and overcome.

Jesus never promised Christians to be happy and never suffer. On the contrary, from this scripture we can clearly see, that our lives won’t be all butter and honey. Hardships will come, but He has already gotten the victory. There is no need for us to overcome our foes. Our goal is to maintain peace in our hearts and claim the victory of Jesus.

It still will hurt. No way to escape that. But, if you have hope and if you put your trust in God, you can become an overcomer, as He is. Those people, who view this life as their only reality, life obstacles are unbearable. But, if you know a different reality, if you live with God in His supernatural realm, you know that no obstacle is permanent.

You gain the power to meet life troubles with peace in your heart and with a glance of heavenly reality and glory upon your life. You do not become bitter, but you become humble and grateful. These hardships draw you closer to the Lord, instead of casting away from Him.

 Prayer Suggestion: Pray that the Lord would help you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Let your heart be filled with faith and peace. Pray that His glory would manifest through your difficult times.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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God’s Plan Is Always Working

October 17, 2011 by  
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Reading for the Day – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.

Imagine a beautiful picture painted on the side of a warehouse. If I stand with my nose against the warehouse, I cannot see much of the picture. And what I can see doesn’t look very impressive. It doesn’t make much sense. It certainly doesn’t look like art.

We also have a limited perspective when we imagine God’s plan for our life. We are standing so close to the wall, that we can’t understand the big picture. The truth is that the Creator of the Universe has it all under control! He always has a plan, and that plan is always in motion.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “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.” God knows the plans that He has for us. We don’t know – we can’t know – our human brains couldn’t understand the big picture even if we could figure it out.

Sometimes we make a mistake, big or small, and we think that we’ve just foiled God’s plan. We’re not giving God enough credit. First of all, God knew at the beginning of time that we would make that mistake. Second of all, He is God – obviously, He can fix our mistakes and/or make good things come of them. We just have to trust Him. We just have to trust in His divine plan.

And when that day comes, when we meet God face to face and the picture becomes clear, when we can stand back from the warehouse and see the painting, oh how beautiful and majestic it will be!

 Prayer Suggestion:

Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive me when I doubt your plan. Please forgive me when I am impatient. I do trust you God, and I know that the big picture is perfect, just like your perfect will. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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God Is With Us in Dark Times

October 4, 2011 by  
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Reading for the Day: Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Most of us have faced dark times. Many of us are facing dark times right now. But as we go through these dark times, it is important to remember that we needn’t be afraid. Because even though we face darkness, God is still right there with us.

God tells us throughout the Bible that He will never leave us or forsake us. Just like a shepherd, God keeps us safe. He protects us from the darkness and all the threats that the darkness holds. With His metaphorical rod and staff, He guides us and protects us from predators. We are safe with God. Even though we walk through darkness, even though we face seemingly hopeless situations, we don’t have anything to be afraid of.

As Paul writes in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God is for us. We are His children. He wants to take care of us, to keep us safe, to protect us. And He does.

Psalm 46:1 calls God “an ever-present help in trouble.” As we learn to live in this world, He is with us. As we walk down dark paths, He is with us. As we face grief, disappointments, financial hardships, addictions, illnesses, and the unfairness of life, He is with us. For eternity.

All we need to do is love Him, trust Him, and enjoy the peace and security that knowing Him brings. And when we do face dark times, how powerful that peace and security becomes!

Prayer Suggestion:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being there, for being here right now. Help me to feel Your presence. Please help me through the dark times in life and allow them to bring me closer to You. Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Robert Moment is a  life-transforming inspirational life coach, speaker, author . Author of highly-acclaimed inspirational  book  Christian Women- Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose, happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible study e-course titled, Christian Living.

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God Knows What’s Best

September 7, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Psalm 27:5

For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

What is it that our parents tell us? They know what is best for us. Even as an adult, your parents may tell you this. Why? They are older and have had more experiences than we have.

It can be irritating to hear, mostly because they may have a point…at times. But, we want to live our own lives in our own way, even if that means making mistakes. At least we would have made a decision on our own.

Well, there is One who is much older than our parents. When He says that He knows best, you can believe it. God created us and the world before that. He has seen thousands of lifetimes come and go. Relying on Him means taking all that knowledge into account and trusting His judgment.

God has an advantage over our parents. While they both love us without reservation, God can see a lot further down the road than they can. Parents, as well meaning as they are, can only guess at the outcome. On the other hand, God knows what will happen as a consequence of every decision that we make.

Trust Him to lead you down the right path in every area of your life: financial, romantic, spiritual, familial and emotional. At the crossroads of the journey, He always knows which way to go.

Prayer Suggestions: God, guide me each and every day to make the choices that will honor You.

Robert Moment is an inspirational life coach and personal growth strategist. Author of highly-acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching people 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 life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me  on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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Seek God’s Face First

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

We all have an order to our lives, don’t we? When we get up we have a routine and when we tackle different situations, we have a certain way that we do things. When you come to God, there is a method as well.

A method, you say? Yes, God has order to His life and, as a father, He wants to teach order to His children. If you are a parent then you know what I am talking about.

God is not necessarily hard to understand, but many people have such strong misconceptions that they blame Him when they don’t get what they want.

Let’s begin at the beginning. God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. That means we must meet Him where He resides. So, in order to worship Him or communicate with Him in spirit, we need His spirit within us. But, we’ll get back to that in a minute.

Realize this: God is not a genie. When we want something He doesn’t just show up to grant our wish. He does all of the work and we get none of the responsibility. Sounds good? Wrong!

If you have ever watched your kids or the kids of your friends, they don’t take very good care of things that they didn’t sweat and toil over. When you have a personal stake invested, then you take better care of those things. There is a lesson here and God is all about lessons that help us to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

If you are treating God like your own personal genie, then you have missed the point of the relationship process and are selling yourself short. God is loving, caring, powerful, protective, prosperous, loyal and a good listener. There are many other awesome characteristics but there is not room here to record them all.

God wants to get to know you and desires for you to understand Him. When you do, He can show you the deepest reaches of Himself. The revelations will bless your soul and your life.

As humans, there is something innately lacking in our lives. It is the place where God is supposed to reside. That missing puzzle piece is returned to its space when we give our lives back to Him. That starts by asking Him to come into your heart. That invites the Holy Spirit to come into your life and get to work on your life from the inside out.

You might say that you need help with a problem right away and that is what God is for, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. God knows everything that you need in your life. He wants us to talk to Him about it because it shows that we trust our issues to Him.

But, remember what we said about how you view something that you have a vested interest in? When God helps you to solve your problems you learn. He is to be your first stop when you have a problem and not the last resort. We always encounter many more problems than we needed to when we do that.

Additional Scriptures:

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

-          Hebrews 11:6

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But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.

-          Deuteronomy 4:29

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed 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 life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

God Why Did this Happen to Me

August 25, 2010 by  
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Have you ever asked this question? Of all the questions that a person could ask of God, this is probably the most common one and also the one whose answer is not ever straightforward.

The title here implies that something bad has occurred. No one seems to ask God why they were given a blessing but always want to know what is going on when things are going more or less not according to plan.

Take a look in the mirror and examine our eyes. They are said to be the windows to the soul. The situations we have experienced through our eyes leave a profound impact on our lives – a pedestrian hit by a speeding car; a store owner shot in a robbery, a child abused by their caregivers. Or, the person you are seeing could be yourself experiencing something harsh in your life.

There is one thing that you need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt: when you follow God, He works out all things for your good. This doesn’t mean that everything that happens to you will start off that way, but it will end up benefiting you. And, God is a god of love and peace, not hatred and chaos. When bad or unfavorable things happen and affect us, He is affected too.

God has a plan for each of our lives. The only way to know it and fulfill it is to follow him. Many people have troubles because they are not taking the path that leads to who God wants us to be.

Each person has a race to run in this life. It is not solely about what we accumulate along the way, who we fall in love with or how many friends we have that determines the course and purpose of our lives. It is our willingness to follow the Master wherever He leads.

As you may have already suspected, God’s thoughts and God’s ways are higher than our ways. We don’t always know why things happen but whatever has gone on in your life, God can turn it into something good not only for you but also for someone else.

Let’s look at Joseph in the Bible for a moment. He had a gift from God. Through the jealousy of his brothers, he was sold into slavery and his father told that he was dead. Yes this was wrong and Joseph had to suffer for it, but God never left him.

During that experience, he ended up in Potiphar’s house and in another sticky situation. His wife accuses Joseph of rape because he rejected her advanced. That lands him in prison for two years! During this time, he interprets a dream for the pharaoh and lands a job as his Number 1.

There are two lessons here: Joseph was treated unfairly but he didn’t stop loving and following God. Through that, God was able to turn his situation into something good and prosper him at the same time. And, what God does for one, he will do for all.

Additional Scriptures:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.-
-Genesis 50:20

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, joy , peace , power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

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