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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Christian Faith for Every Problem You are Facing in Life

March 8, 2012 by  
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Christian Faith will teach you how faith in God works to help you overcome your problems and get through the storms of life, storm in your finances, your marriage, your health, your employment, your relationships, your housing, and other storms. Trust in God to see you through the storms of life by choosing faith over fear.

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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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Christian Women – Be Inspired and Be Blessed

January 7, 2012 by  
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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.

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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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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 Looks at Our Motives

September 1, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Proverbs 16:1-2

We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives.

No one likes lie detector tests. They have a way of revealing what we would like to keep hidden. It is precisely those hidden things that God looks for. There are people who have devised ways to fool the lie detectors but you can’t fool God at all.

Motivation is important. On one hand, it helps you continue on in a task until you succeed. It can mean the difference between success and failure. On the other hand, motivation can lead to poor decisions that take us down dangerous roads in life. Those who take that tack often call it “self-preservation.”

God is not swayed by any of that. King David asked God to search his mind and know his thoughts. For most of us, that is the very place we don’t want God to be. We say one thing but do another. David was coming clean with God because he wanted to be understood just as much as he wanted to understand God.

The mind is the last frontier. It is here that God works to change not only what we do but why we do it. The Word of God says that He loves a cheerful giver. If you give to others to gain attention instead of obedience, He will know and it will not be credited to you as righteousness.

Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to show you when your motives aren’t pure. Then, allow Him to work to change them.

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.

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

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