Training to see God in Disappointments

November 7, 2011 by  
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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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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 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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God is With You Always

August 23, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:  Matthew 28:20

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Remember when you were young and your friends challenged you to a dare? Maybe it was to walk up to the house of the scariest neighbor in town and ring the doorbell. The scariest part was that you had to do it alone.

You may not be ringing any scary doorbells in the moonlight, but there are situations that we encounter that we would rather not face alone: divorce, death of a family member, eviction, new job, and new location. Just having someone there makes all the difference.

Friends can do a lot of things but they can’t be everywhere at once. Today your friend may be able to accompany you to court but two weeks from now, they may be busy. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care but they have a life to. We are, after all, only human.

But, there is someone who will be there always if you let Him. God told His disciples that even though He was sending them into unknown places to proclaim the Gospel, He would be with them. The Holy Spirit is our protector and God’s constant presence in our lives. Welcome His presence and help always but especially in difficult times when you need someone to weather the storm with you.

Prayer Suggestions: Welcome God into your life and He will stay by your side through the laughter and the tears.

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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God is Our Hope

August 20, 2010 by  
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What is hope? Some people characterize it as never giving up. Others see it as a motivation to endure hard times knowing that something better is ahead. It can be both of these things and more when the source of your hope is God.

Hope and faith are inextricably linked. In the book of Hebrews, Paul says that when we hope for what we cannot see, that is faith. In the book of Jeremiah, God told the Israelites that His plan was not to harm them but to see that they had a future and that it was filled with hope.

To get a better view of what it means to hope when the going gets rough, let’s look at Job. Remember him? He was the upright and just man living in the land of Uz. One day, Satan asked God for Job. Satan believed that someone so just was only that because he had never known a hard day in his life. If he did, he would not be so ready to live such a godly life.

Therefore, God allowed Satan to tempt Job. Some may call this cruel or say that it exhibits how God really sees us – pawns in a game. Neither of these things is true.

Let’s face it. Life is hard. And, many of the hardships are not due to God’s hand. People have free will and often their expression of their “rights” may infringe on yours. But, God is nothing if not faithful to those who love Him. He will rescue us from all our troubles, if not help us to avoid some of them.

Now back to Job. He knew God but when he lost his entire family in a freak accident, he was deeply saddened. He also lost all that he owned. You see, Job was wealthy. That is another sticking point that diminishes us. We may lose some things but as long as we have our money, we still feel a measure of security, however false.

Job tore his clothing (as was the custom) and rubbed ashes all over him. When his health was threatened, his friends saw a chance to jump in and give Job the benefit if their advice to stop all the nonsense.

It is not uncommon to feel sad when things go wrong or when it seems that the weight of the world is crushing in on us. Becoming emotional has nothing to do with faith or hope. It is a response to what has happened. We may even wallow in self-pity (though hopefully not in the dirt and ash) as Job also did.

Job’s friends, as no doubt our friends would do, gave him advice. They went from trying to comfort him to blaming and condemning him as an unrepentant sinner. For a time, he agreed with his friends and wondered if God had left him.

But, Job reached a point where instead of looking at the present circumstances, he began to remember the past and God’s faithfulness. Those memories began to give him strength and an unnatural hope that all would be well eventually because of what he already know about his God.

In all situations God is our hope. We come to realize that when we turn the corner in our sadness and pity and remember who God really is. He is the Supreme Creator, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star and the Almighty God. That will never change no matter what comes our way. We can count on God to come to our rescue when the time is right.

Additional Scriptures:

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
-          Psalm 25:5

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No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
-          Psalm 147:11

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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
-          Jeremiah 17:7

Robert Moment is a personal growth 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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The God of Impossibility

August 18, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Ephesians 3:20

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

I like surprises don’t you? The good kind I mean. You are looking to buy a car that will get you from point A to point B (four wheels, at least two doors and a working engine) and you wind up with a new car for what you were going to spend on a basic model. Surprise!

How about this one: You are looking for a job to help pay the bills and end up with a management position at a company that you didn’t even think you were qualified to work at. Surprise!

As humans, most of us have one of two shortcomings: Either we think too much of ourselves or we think too little. Today we are focused on those who think too little. God created us in His image as His children. For this loving Father, He wants the best for us.

As Creator of the Universe, the world is literally at His feet. We can ask for anything so why do we insult Him by asking for so little? Do we think He can’t provide the top-notch job or the best car on the lot?

No matter how impossible our situation seems, that doesn’t have a thing to do with our God. Don’t look at how big the problem is; look at how big your God is. For His children there is nothing that He wouldn’t or couldn’t give us. The sky’s the limit!

Prayer Suggestions: When you go before the throne of grace, ask God for what you want. Anything less is an insult.

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, power , joy , and prosperity. 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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God Loves You as His Greatest Creation

July 31, 2010 by  
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Reading for the day:  Genesis 1:26-28

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground….’”

We sometimes tremble before God when we’ve done wrong, or are afraid to go to Him with our burdens.  We may even turn from praising Him because we look at His many wonders and feel insignificant.  But this goes against everything that He has told us about His love for us.

God created us in His image. Imagine that!  He created us as a reflection of Himself – we are the greatest of all His creations, more powerful and beautiful and more wonderfully made than anything He created, including the sun and planets and all of the amazing varieties of plants, animals and creatures He has ever made.

God even told us to, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” He didn’t choose any other creature for this momentous task.  So the next time you feel small in God’s eyes, remember that you are truly wonderfully made and cherished as God’s image on earth.

Prayer Suggestion: Thank the Lord for His creation and your special role in it.  Promise that You will return the blessing of being created in His image by bringing glory and honor to your Creator.

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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God Knows Your Name

July 14, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Luke 12:6-7

“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

There’s a song entitled, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” It reminds me of these verses. God values all life. He wouldn’t let even a sparrow fall and be harmed.

Yet, He knows how many hairs are on our head. We are made in His image – every man, woman, boy and girl who lives now, have lived or will ever inhabit this earth mirror Him. He loves us even more than those birds.

Fame is something that people want in this world. They want to be noticed by someone, anyone. It can lead to the wrong road in life just for love and attention. God loves us so much that it pains Him when we turn to others for the love that only He can give.

That hole you feel can only be filled by Him. Once He enters your life, then real love can grow. We can learn how to love others and also how to be loved by others.

What do you have to lose? You trust other people who don’t keep their promises. God will keep His. And, He knows you better than anyone else alive.

Prayer Suggestions: God knows your name, but do you know His? When you pray, say “Abba, Father.” He will hear you and answer.

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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