Choose to Be Free from Your Past

February 15, 2010 by  
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I don’t know many people who live entirely without regrets.  Unless we’ve been blessed with a significant bump on the head, most of us carry around memories we’d rather forget.  But it is up to us to decide whether we strain our muscles dragging this baggage around or whether we unpack our issues and deal with them.  (We can always repack, right?)

In Chapter 8 of the Book of John, Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, and some teachers brought in a woman who had been caught cheating on her husband.  They made her stand in front of everyone and they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  Now what do you say?”

Have you ever felt like this woman?  I know I have.  Not that anyone has ever attempted to stone me, thank God, but I’ve had metaphorical rocks hurled at me plenty of times.  Do you know what Jesus said to her accusers?  He said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  The teachers wandered off and the woman stood where she was, until Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.  “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

There are many lessons to be taken from this simple story.  First of all, Jesus calls the teachers out:  Hey, we all have a past.  We all have issues.  Every one of you has something you’d rather not share.  Then he tells the unnamed woman, “I do not condemn you.”  This might not have meant as much to her then as it does to us now.  We don’t know whether or not she was aware that she was receiving a pardon from God Himself.  But we can look at this scene and know that Christ was saying to this woman, “I am not judging you, go on now, get on with your life, and stop cheating on your husband.”

Can this apply to any mistakes we’ve made in our pasts?  Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross so that we could be forgiven our sins.  If we wallow in unnecessary, harmful guilt, then we are not fully accepting His sacrifice, His selfless gift.  If He wanted us to feel guilty, to spend time, and muscle power, dragging that baggage around, He wouldn’t have made the ultimate sacrifice.  He gave His life to buy our freedom.  Our freedom from sin, our freedom from death, and our freedom from our own pasts.  Later on in this same chapter, Christ says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Jesus Christ is this Truth.

So, you’re asking, what about those of us who have suffered due to no fault of our own?  Yes, painful things certainly happen to innocent people.  Victims of disease, oppression, rape, child abuse, adultery, the list goes on.  Life is not fair.

Faith is easier said than done.  It is difficult for those who have truly suffered to believe that their suffering can lead to a greater purpose.  In the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 1, Verse 11, the Apostle Paul writes, “In him we are also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  Believers are chosen by God.  Sometimes, when we are suffering, or when we have suffered, we wish we hadn’t been chosen, but the truth is, it feels good to be chosen, especially when we are able and willing to believe that our suffering, our pain, is going to work out for the purpose of His will.  God is love.  God’s will leads to love, even if there are some unlovely bumps in the road.

Writer George Bernard Shaw wrote, “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well teach it to dance.”  This is an apt metaphor for creativity, and that’s how this quote is usually interpreted, but it also reminds me of God’s Will.  Oftentimes, we are able to use our past, our mistakes, or our time spent as innocent victims, to love others, to glorify God.  Recovering alcoholics can minister to those struggling with alcoholism.  Ex-convicts can go minister in the jails.  Rape victims can counsel other rape victims.

Suffering is difficult, but we need to know that God is not judging us.  Psalm 103 reads, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”  That’s a long way!  That’s infinity!  God has forgiven us.  In light of His sacrifice, it is the least we can do to forgive ourselves.   He has also asked us to use everything in our power for His glory.  Is it possible to use your past to bless others?  Is this the way to truly be free of it?

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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 Speak to Me

February 1, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ”.
Romans 10:17

I’ve heard people say that God has become silent.  I wonder … if we’re not hearing God, is it because we’re not listening?  There is a lot of noise in this world.  There is a lot to keep us distracted, to keep us busy, to keep us from listening.

So how do we listen?  Through the Bible.  God’s Word is a living Word that will speak to us if we just open it and read.  We need to pray that God will reveal Himself and His will to us through his Holy Scripture.
How else can we listen?  We can literally listen by going to where the Word of God is preached.  This can be a church service, a Bible study, a gathering of friends, or a retreat.

God is not silent, even when we think He is.  There is always the Word to return to.  By prayerfully considering the Scripture, by reading and listening to the Word, God’s will can and will be revealed to us.
Sometimes there is something in our lives standing between God and ourselves.  If that something is not glorifying God, then we should probably let go of it.  This can be painful and difficult, but imagine the relief when, once it’s gone, God’s voice rings out loud and clear!

I’ve heard many people testify that once they truly humbled themselves and came before God, sincerely asking to hear His voice, God spoke.  Suddenly they flopped their Bible open to what seemed like a random page, and there was the verse they needed at that moment.  Then the next day, that just happened to be the verse the pastor preached on.  Sometimes God speaks through coincidences.

Prayer Suggestion: God is speaking.  We just need to listen.  And if you can’t hear Him right now, then pray.  Pray with conviction.  Pray, “Lord, let me hear your beautiful voice.  Speak to me God. Teach me how to listen to You.”  And He will.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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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Never Underestimate and Limit God

January 27, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”          Ephesians 3:17-20

Why do we try to put God into a box?  God created all the boxes in the universe!  He’s only going to fit into one if He chooses to do so, and even then, that would be some box!  Yet we are constantly trying to squeeze God into a shape of our choosing.  Maybe we do this because we are trying to understand something that our minds cannot comprehend.

What we need to do instead is agree to not understand.  God’s love surpasses knowledge.  Our limited knowledge, our limited intellect, is human.  We are not supposed to understand yet.  And if we accept that, then we can find comfort and joy in the not knowing!

Once we accept God’s love, we become rooted and established in that holy love.  Our job is to work to understand the love, because the love surpasses knowledge.  If we suggest that something on earth cannot happen, then we are not seeking to understand how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ really is!  Why would we want to limit our God?  Don’t we want to be a part of something so unfathomable, so mysterious, so divine?  Once we agree to not understand, we can enter into a love so grand, it will fill us beyond the limits of ourselves, and spill out into the world, and into eternity.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, Please help me to stop trying to impose my human limitations on You.  I know that my knowledge cannot fully understand You.  Please help me glorify your mystery.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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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Moving Forward on Faith

January 15, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:2

Be transformed.  By the renewing of your mind.  Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  People pay big bucks to therapists for transformation and renewing of the mind.  But real transformation, real renewal, comes from God.

Not conforming to the pattern of this world does not mean that believers cannot live in the world, cannot enjoy the world.  God created the world for us to enjoy.  It’s the destructive patterns of the world that God frees us from.  The cycles of fear and hatred.  The greed and envy.  Believers are transformed away from these destructive forces, and towards a new life of peace, love, and joy.  In this new life, we get to experience God’s will for us, his good and perfect will.  It is this new form of ourselves that gets to move forward on faith.

Once we are renewed, once we are transformed, we are invited to move forward, stepping out of ourselves and our human limitations and into God’s will.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Have you ever seen a mustard seed?  Ever held one in the palm of your hand?  Tiny, isn’t it?  The Bible tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to a mountain, “Get out of my way,” and it will move.  The Bible tells us that with faith as tiny as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for us.  Because we have been transformed.  Because we are no longer conformed to the patterns of this world.  Because the truth has set us free.  Free to move forward toward the awesome individuals God planned us to be, for the good purposes of His will.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, Please give me the courage to be transformed, to walk away from the patterns of this world and to walk towards Your love and Your will.  Help me to move forward on faith.”

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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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A New Year to Get in Agreement with God

January 5, 2010 by  
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When the ball drops at midnight, millions of us make promises.  We swear that this will be the year we will quit smoking, lose 50 pounds, write that novel, get out of debt, eat healthy,  take that dream vacation along with other New Year Resolutions.  Memberships skyrocket in gyms all over the country.

By March of each year, the gyms are empty again.  These promises are too easy to make, and too easy to fail to keep.  We fail to follow through, in part, because we set these lofty goals, and we don’t get organized.  Goals are difficult to achieve if we don’t make a plan.  Failing to plan is planning to fail, right?

What if this was your year to get right with God?  This year, don’t just say it – make a plan.

Baby steps get you where you where you need to go.  So, what might those baby steps be?  It depends on where you are in your walk with God.  If you feel like you’re about a mile off the path, consider simply stepping onto the path.  The easiest way to do this is to simply pray.  You don’t need a form prayer; you don’t need to “know how to pray.”  Just simply talk to God, as if He were your friend.  Maybe make a resolution to spend five minutes a day talking to God.  This could be done on your commute to work, or in the shower, or when you walk the dog.  Or, make a commitment to begin each day in prayer.  After you hit the snooze button, spend the next few minutes talking to God, as you prepare to face your day.

If you already pray regularly, consider aiming your resolution at the Bible.  Many people resolve to read the Bible in a year.  This is an achievable goal, if you go at it with a plan.  Divide the Bible into 365 sections.  There are many books, devotionals, and websites to help you do this.  Or, you could simply resolve to spend 5 minutes, or 30 minutes, in the Word each day.  Promise yourself that you will read one chapter every morning, or one chapter each night, before you go to bed.

Maybe you feel that your walk with God is lacking in service?  If that is the case, vow to spend more of your time in service to others, and therefore in service to God.  Find a volunteer organization, or speak to a pastor about where your gifts could be best used.  Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are God’s workmanship, that we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Maybe this is your year to find out what it is that God has prepared for you to do.

Maybe you feel convicted to get right with God financially?  If this is the case, vow to give a percentage of your budget back to God.  Maybe there’s something in your life that is standing between you and God?  Maybe this is the right time to get rid of that something.

Whatever you choose to do, take baby steps.  God doesn’t want you to fail at your walk with Him, so He will help you, if you open yourself up to His help, and ask Him for it.  Ask Him to point you in the right direction and then to guide your (baby) steps.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  Make this your year.  Make this God’s year.  It is never too late to get in agreement with your Lord.  God will give you the strength you need to follow through. Get in agreement with God and make this year your best ever.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Will Give You a New Beginning

January 4, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: 2 Corinthians 5:17

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Have you ever wished that you could have a “do over”? Kids often call this when they make a mistake playing a game. They just start again as if the unfortunate incident never happened.

As you get older, this concept takes on new meaning. As adults, we lack the childlike freedom that a “do over” can bring. We just don’t believe that such things are possible anymore.

God is in the “do over” business. When you accept Jesus Christ into your life, you get a second chance to make a first impression. Some of us may be thinking like Nicodemus when he asked Jesus if a man could reenter the womb and be born again. Our new beginning comes in the form of a spiritual birth that changes us from the inside out.

Our past wrongs are forgiven. Unlike people who can hold a grudge for years, God simply forgets our wrongs and lovingly gives us a new path to follow. It seems too incredible to believe but God is not complicated.

This change isn’t about feelings but about focus. As long as we strive and desire to take our lead from God, He is faithful to give us a clean heart and a new lease on life. Others may notice it in us before we do. God doesn’t change our appearance, but people do “see” us differently.

Are you tired of living a life of defeat and regret? Go to God and ask for a new life.

Prayer Suggestions: Create in me a clean heart, Lord. I know that if You change me I will be changed forever.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Pray for Others

January 1, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Galatians 6:10

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”

Prayer is the most powerful thing that you can do for someone. Many think it is a passive act that we engage in when we don’t know what else to do. On the contrary, our words have power and life when they reach God’s ears.

Have you ever experienced the difference between praying first and praying when you are at the end of your rope? In one case you start and end the right way and in the other situation you find a measure of peace after being frazzled.

Going to God in prayer for someone in need opens the floodgates of Heaven. As a child of God, He listens attentively to your words. That person couldn’t be in better hands than yours at that moment. You have turned their life over to God for His divine intervention. And, He will do just that.

But, there is more than one way to be in need. Even our enemies are in need. We don’t often think of it that way because they are hurting us. the Bible says to pray for those who persecute and use you. it is not to bring the wrath of God down on them but the love of God.

Your sincere prayers at that time could change their lives forever. Like Saul, they could have a “Damascus road experience” and find salvation. That is a true testament to the power of your prayers in the lives of others. Instead of another lost soul, you will have gained a brother or sister in the faith.

Prayer Suggestions: Lord, help me to see that we all need you, even those who don’t treat me well.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, 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. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Does not have a Plan B

November 6, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

In our world there is something called a “contingency plan.” In case our first efforts don’t work out, we have another plan to fall back on. You are hedging your bets so to speak.

God’s doesn’t have a contingency plan nor does He need one. That alone makes some people suspicious of Him. What if this God thing doesn’t work out? What if I can’t keep from sinning? What then?

In the book of Jeremiah, God uses the prophet to reassure the people. They were living in troubled times. Jerusalem had been destroyed but God was not going to leave them destitute. If they chose to follow Him again, He would restore them.

God is giving that same message to you today. Turn from your sinful living and embrace His Word. Even in our waywardness God has a plan for our lives but it can’t be realized until we surrender our plans for His.

When you were growing up, your parents made the decisions for you. You didn’t think about “Plan B” because you trusted them. Remember that child-like trust when you think of your Heavenly Father. He will carry you through the storms of life. When you fall, He will pick you up.

Instead of second guessing, go to God. Leave the heavy work to Him and rest in the knowledge that He has it all under control.

Prayer Suggestions: It is not easy to trust. But as you live for God day by day, He will show you that He is all that you need.

Robert Moment is an inspirational life-changing leader, business expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity.  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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Embrace God’s Silence

November 4, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Palm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”

Have you ever had the “silent treatment” from someone? It mostly happens when you are kids in school. The first thing you do is wonder what you did wrong to deserve such a cold shoulder from someone who was talking to you the day before.

Sometimes it can feel like we are getting the “cold shoulder” from God. We wait to hear from Him and are met with our own thoughts. Unlike the immature attitude adopted when we were kids, God’s silence is not a punishment or a thoughtless act.

The current generation seems to hate silence. Each and every day is filled with noises of some kind. We’d rather talk to ourselves than be surrounded by the loudness of quiet.

Why does God allow such moments, especially when He can see that we are in distress? It is a tool that teaches us to listen to the Spirit within us. We definitely know how to talk, but do we know how to hear?

When your world seems to be spinning out of control, you panic and the last thing you want to encounter is the closed doors of heaven. But, the adage goes, “When a door closes, God always opens a window.” In this case, the window of your mind needs to be open.

It is in those silent, peaceful moments that the Spirit reminds us how good God has been in our life. What has he delivered you from before? Didn’t He meet your needs at every turn? Now your soul is calmed knowing that there is not a situation in your life that God can’t handle.

Prayer Suggestions: Make time to listen to the Spirit each day and rediscover God’s goodness in the silence.

Robert Moment is an inspirational life-changing leader, business expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity.  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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Christian Detours

November 2, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Matthew 26:41

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Have you heard the adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”? Sometimes it rightly describes us in our lives. Our parents (or guardians) teach us from childhood to discern right from wrong. They can’t expose us to every situation in life, but they do give us that foundation.

It is human nature to be led by your emotions. The book of Romans tells us that “everyone has sinned.” It is that sin that God wiped out with Jesus’ sacrifice. But, while we are living on this earth, there is still the fleshly nature to contend with.

There is a common misconception that when you accept God into your life, you become perfect right then and there. For non-believers, they think people become Christian “robots,” brainwashed to do God’s will. Neither of these things is true.

How many of us, if given the choice, would choose to take the easy way out in every situation? God’s word says that we are saved when we confess His existence and repent of our sins. But that is only the beginning. Without daily contact with God, we will still look for those “detours” in life instead of following His path.

As we spend time with God, He teaches us His “right and wrong” through His Word. A new foundation is established. Just like an earthly parent teaches, there will be consequences for disobedience. It is the firm hand of love and not disgust that guides us towards obedience and eternal life.

Prayer Suggestions: God’s discipline is far better than the world’s. Ask forgiveness for disobedience and learn from God’s loving reproof.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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