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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The World is Full of Wounded People Wearing Masks

November 17, 2011 by  
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Have you heard the phrase, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? It’s true. Most of the time, people are not who they seem to be. You may be one of those people walking around right now.

Unless you have been outwardly wounded in some way, others can’t see your wounds. All wounds are not gaping holes or bleeding cuts. The worst looking ones are usually on the inside of us where no one can see and be disgusted.

That’s what people expect, you know. They think that others will be offended or disgusted when they see who you really are. Can she see that I used to do drugs? Does he know that my family is poor? They won’t talk to me anymore if they knew I had been sexually abused.

So, everyday you hide behind the mask. What is the mask? It’s smiles, laughter, a short temper, an indifferent attitude or acting clueless. You show whatever type of face or attitude that will keep the demons away.

The longer you do that, the less anything in your life will seem real. The mask is a lie and it will eat you alive. Satan likes masks. It lets him hide his true intentions from you. You may think that hiding your pain is helping you live but instead, it is holding you prisoner.

Here’s a scenario that everyone can relate to: Someone in your life hurts you. It could be physical, verbal or emotional. When it’s over, they walk away without apology or regret. Because they don’t care, you refuse to forgive them. That unforgiving attitude turns you into someone else. You lash out at people with your tongue or even your fists. All the while, the person who hurt you is walking around without any thought of you whatsoever.

Does this sound familiar? God wants to heal your wounds. Jesus died on the cross so that you could be free from bearing that pain alone (Isaiah 53:5).

If you’ve never read the Bible or it has been a long time, here are a few people you need to become acquainted with: The woman at the Well, the Samaritan woman, the woman with the issue of blood, the man by the pool of Bethesda. Most of these people are women but their gender doesn’t matter. What matters is how Jesus responded to them.

Their wound wasn’t always evident to others. But, their belief in Jesus healed the source of their pain. Living with your pain is not God’s will. He wants to heal your mind, body and soul through His love and your faith that He can do it.

This doesn’t mean that the pain goes away all at once. Sometimes physical infirmities stay with you as a lesson through your life to others who are suffering. God’s love turns an evil deed into something that can benefit your life and His message.

Many bitter people are holding on to pain. The wound has infected their entire life. Jesus came to save the ones who are lost and living with hidden pain is definitely living as a lost soul.

You might even be scared. Giving up the pain you have hidden for so long means you are opening yourself up to the possibility of more pain. But, God won’t hurt you. Let His healing wash out the fear and bring you back to life once again.

Additional Scriptures:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

-II Corinthians 12:8-9

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

-I Timothy 1:7

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“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

-John 16:33

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 Powerful Message to Hurting Women- I Can Heal You

November 15, 2011 by  
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The number one question that people ask of God is why He allows suffering to come to them. This question has caused more than one pause for minister and layperson alike.

As a woman, it can seem like your suffering has gone unnoticed. After all, women are the keepers of the earth and home. You look after your families much like the woman mentioned in Proverbs 31. You don’t clothe them with scarlet but you do pray for them and that covers them with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with your own pain and hurt, there seems to be no one there for you. Maybe your heart is broken over a divorce. It could be that someone has brutalized you physically or mentally. You have learned to hide your pain and go on for the sake of the kids or for your livelihood. After all, the bills don’t stop coming because we are hurt.

Even at church on Sunday, you greet others with a smile that hides deep suffering inside. But how far can that really get you? Some women feel that there is strength in pain. The truth is that there is strength but not  that way.

When the hurt is that great, even your soul aches. In this life, it seems quite unfair that the deeds of the guilty can go unpunished. The only way that you see to stay in the “game of life” is to deny your pain and thus, a big part of yourself.

God wants you to know right now that  just will not do. Did you know that His heart is broken when your heart is broken? If Jesus wept for Lazarus in his death, he is surely weeping at the feet of the Almighty for your life. John 3:16 tells us that God loved every human being so much that He sent His only son, Jesus, to be a living sacrifice for us once and for all time. Does that sound like a God who doesn’t want your hurt to be healed?

God stands ready at the door of your heart to come in and change your life. There is one thing that you need to know: God is not like any man, woman or child that you have ever met. Even the most loving person in your life will let you down. It may not be their intention but it is human nature. God is not a man. He will never lie to you or make a promise to you that He doesn’t intend to keep. It’s time for you to hear God’s message of healing for your life.

Read the following verses:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.

-Lamentations 3:22-23

God desires to sustain you with His love. It is an everlasting love that no man or woman can understand. You have to accept it on faith. Remember the faith you had as a child? That same childlike faith is what God works through to heal your heart, mind and soul.

This is not just a promise for the believer but the non-believer as well. It is human nature to hold onto pain and try to rationalize how you feel about it. God says to cast the burden of that hurt on Him. Pray right now, wherever you are for God to heal every part of you from the pain that you are experiencing. Let Him be your strength.

Additional Scriptures:

To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

-Isaiah 61:3

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

-Isaiah 40:31

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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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  
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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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