Equipped for the Valley

March 27, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day

Psalms 84:6
“Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings.”

We all have low seasons in our lives. Those times, when nothing seems to be happening or worse, when bad things come our way. How do you get equipped for those valleys in your life? By building up your trust and relationships with God in the high seasons.

Most people tend to turn to God, when things do not look so good in their lives. However, the key is to learn to turn to God, when everything is just perfect in your life. Those high times may draw us away from God, as we do not seem to need Him so badly, as in the low times.

If you can keep your faith up in God during good seasons of your life, you can get yourself fully equipped for the valley. This way, you will not only come through it, but you will turn your valley of weeping into the valley of blessing and joy. You would have not just enough strength to hold on, but to get up and change things for better.

However, it all starts in your private prayer room during the good times of your life. Do not close that room and forsake it, waiting for low season to come. Work on your relationships with God, build them up and stay strong and dependent on Him.

Prayer suggestion: Ask the Lord to speak to your heart in all times: good and bad. Ask Him to teach you to trust your life to Him, when things go well for you. Then, you won’t have to go through a crash course in trust, once you hit the valley.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and 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 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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Finding Contentment

March 21, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day

Phil 1:21 – “For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].”

1 Tim 6:8 – “But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).”

Many people today feel discontent in life. From the very childhood we are told, who we should be or what we should look like. This brings up a strong desire in people to be someone else. They follow movie or music stars in their way of life, appearance and even beliefs. Many of us let TV and public opinion tell us, who we are and form our self perception or self esteem.

Those are the roots of discontent, unhappiness and even depression. Apostle Paul, who wrote these words in Philippians, had a very different life and self perception. He did not want to be anybody else. He was not discontent with who he was or what he had.

He learned to be happy with having enough food and clothes for life. How different this is from the way of life, widely advertised in our modern society. And still, Paul has discovered the only way to perfect contentment. He found Christ and he has found his own self in Christ. He was able to understand, who he was in Christ and what was the purpose of his life in Christ. This is the best and happiest place to be.

Paul’s self esteem or self perception no longer depended on other people. It even did not depend on his own opinion or performance. He knew, he was fully accepted by Christ and in Christ, no matter how well or how poorly  he has performed. He was loved, accepted and esteemed high by God. The rest did not really matter. This security in love is the only way to contentment in life.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray that the Lord would show you His love for you. Pray that you would feel accepted and find out who you are in Christ and find peace of mind and contentment of heart in your life.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including  Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and 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 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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The Trap of Discouragement

March 14, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day – Matthew 5:3

Amplified Bible (AMP) Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God‘s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!”

No doubt, such virtues as humility or ‘poverty of spirit’ are listed among the top virtues of Christianity. However, sometimes we tend to confuse those godly things with demonic ones. Instead of humility we fall into discouragement; instead of poverty of spirit, which leads to complete reliance on God, we fall into low self esteem and depression.

There is an easy way to distinct true godly humility from discouragement that comes from the evil one. When you humble yourself to God, you become filled with His joy, power and ability to act and fulfill His will in your life. At this, your circumstances cannot keep you back from following Him.

When you get trapped by discouragement, it immobilizes you. You become downcast, feel depressed and unable to do anything, even in the most favorable circumstances. So, discouragement is a trap devil wants you to fall into. This way, he can keep you away from doing God’s will in your life and bearing fruit for His Kingdom.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray to the Lord, so He would give you wisdom to see the difference between godly humility, true poverty of spirit and devilish trap of discouragement. Pray for the Lord to open up your spiritual eyes to see the riches of His glory and the might of His power in you to do His will and to overcome any trap or stronghold on your way.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including  Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and 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 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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Nothing is Impossible with God

March 5, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day  - Matthew 19:26 

But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God

People always have dreams. This is one of the most sacred parts of our beings. And, the best dreams are those, which are impossible to come true. They are the best, not only because they are the most fanciful. They are the best, because these dreams can become possible with God. They drive us to faith and relationships with God. And, I believe, those dreams are inspired by God Himself.

People say: you can’t hop over your own head. That is true, but it is not needed for attaining impossible things in life. Instead of hopping over one’s head, we should bow down before God. He is the author of all impossible things, but He is not the author of our limits.

He puts many challenges before us, just because He wants us to overcome those limits by putting trust in Him and start “walking on the water”. So, if there is a noble and burning desire in your heart, but everything around  you says it is impossible,  believe in God, know, there nothing impossible with God. He is not the author of your limits. He wants you to expand, but  do it in such a way, that His name would be glorified.

Prayer suggestion: Seeking to do impossible, do not seek glory for yourself. In your prayer, humble yourself before God and acknowledge your limits. Then, ask Him to help you do the impossible, giving all the glory to  Him and His mighty power.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including  Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and 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 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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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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