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.

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

God Will Speak to Me

July 30, 2010 by  
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As we seek God’s guidance, we sometimes think it would be nice if we could hear Him clearly.  We find ourselves hoping for our own “burning bush” to point us in the right direction.  Does God still speak to us today?

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!  God does speak to us!”  But sometimes we don’t hear because we are listening for the wrong thing.  There isn’t always a clear and easy to understand answer, and most of us will never actually “hear” God’s voice in our ears.  But he speaks to us daily through our prayers, through Scripture, through our consciences and through the events He orchestrates to teach us and help us to grow spiritually.

Are you so busy listening for a voice in the night that you are missing opportunities to receive God’s word in the world around you?

God’s desire is for us to willingly wait until He is ready to reveal His Word, but we are often in a hurry, and may misinterpret or convince ourselves that He has told us something just because it is what we want to hear!  Don’t act in haste because you are tired of waiting for God to speak to you.  Seek his counsel and wait for His instruction to guide you, otherwise you may miss out on God’s finest and very best because you’ve taken a shortcut.

God speaks to us in many ways.  He speaks through His Word, our conscience, and the events around us.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
- Jeremiah 33:3

The Bible is filled with God speaking His Word.  This is literally the revealed Word of God, and is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.  God is eternal and so are His Words!  They do not change with the passage of time, so if you want to hear Him speaking clearly, read His Word.

“All Scripture is God-created and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our conscience is one of the most profound ways that God speaks to us today.  Think about it – whenever your conscience bothers you, isn’t it because you’ve done something that is contrary to God’s word?  That is because God, in His infinite love for us, has given each of us a conscience that nudges our souls and tells us when we are wrong, gently guiding us back to the path God has laid out for us.  He is the voice of love speaking inside our souls!

The challenges we face, the hardships we bear and the triumphs we experience are all part of God speaking to us.  Through the circumstances we face each day, God is changing us and helping us to mature spiritually.  As we draw closer to God, we will realize that He has been there all along.

But to truly hear God’s Word, we must not look for ways to further our own agendas.  We must be seeking His will for us. The more we seek after what God has planned for us, the more He will speak to us, whether through His Holy Word, through the voice of others, or through our consciences.  We cannot expect revelation or demand that God speak to us – He will speak when the need is there, and if we are actively seeking Him, we will hear His words in our heart and soul.  Sometimes He speaks to us quickly, other times we must wait quietly upon His word to be revealed in the time He knows is right and proper for us.

God promises in the Bible that He speaks through Christ and will speak to all who listen earnestly for His voice:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.”
Revelations 3:20

Are you listening for God’s word?  Will you open the door and let Him in?

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian 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. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day 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.

Five Great Needs Only God Can Fulfill

July 28, 2010 by  
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Everyone has human needs that go beyond the physical.  If we have food, water, and shelter, we can survive.  But to truly thrive, there are spiritual and emotional needs that we all have.  We all strive to find ways to satisfy our need for Love, Acceptance, Security, Identity and Purpose. Some of us seek these in ourselves, in others and from society, but none of these needs can be truly fulfilled except by God.

Love

God’s love is always present and unconditional. If you’ve ever had a friend or loved one that you felt you could trust completely, you’ve had a faint taste of what its like to be able to rely on someone without worry or fear. But even the strongest relationships can end , loved ones can die, circumstances can destroy our faith in others.  Not so with God and His unconditional love because He is never-ending and never changing. Nothing in this world that you can do or say will alter His love for you.  He will never leave you or forsake you. You can always, always find comfort and security through your relationship with God because it is, like Him, eternal.

No matter what you do, no matter how you look, now matter how many mistakes you’ve made, you can never let God down because He loves you without conditions, without measure and with no reservations or any hidden agenda. God is guiding you through every experience of your life – not because you have earned it, but because God loves you no matter what.  When the dark clouds settle and all others abandon you, the light of God will shine bright and show you the way. His guiding light is unconditional love.

“I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever “
— Psalm 52:8

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“ For great is your steadfast love toward me”
— Psalm 86:13

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“I am with you always to the end of the age”
— Matthew 28:20

Acceptance

From the time we are born, we search for acceptance.  The sense of belonging to another person or to a group of people is a powerful affirmation.  We try to please our parents as toddlers so that they will accept and love us.  When we are in school, we hope to be accepted into the “popular crowd.”  At work, we want to be on the best project team or be accepted by our boss and coworkers.  We enter into relationships because the other person accepts us.

But relationships fail, groups change over time and even our parents may be disappointed in our actions.  The only true, unconditional acceptance is that offered by God.  He loves us no matter what.  He doesn’t care what we look like or about the mistakes we’ve made.  As His creation, He loves and accepts us unconditionally.

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein
He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.

-       Ephesians 1:6

Security

There is such a sense of security that overwhelms us when we are safe in the arms of God.  Although our circumstances can change from day to day, God is eternal.  Many of us accumulate money and power, hoping these will keep us secure, but we can lose our money and our power so easily!  The person who is on top today may be in the gutters tomorrow.  No power we gain for ourselves can protect us from the many possible problems of this world.

God, however, is our eternal protection.  He is our security and shelter in any storm because He will not leave us in times of trouble.  No matter what happens, He will guard our souls and direct our footsteps if we ask Him to.  Let yourself be secure in God’s abiding presence and you will always feel safe.

“You will be protected and take your rest in safety.”
-       Job 11:18

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“Never will I leave, never will I forsake you.”
-       Hebrews 13:5

Identity

Do you put on a mask for others so that they will see you in a particular way?  Do you have different identities for different people?  We are always trying to define ourselves in relation to other people.  Are you a father?  Employee?  The best friend?  The fun one?  Our identities are often tied to what we can provide to others, and it can be difficult to be all things to all people.

God knows our true identity – the one that is whole and complete, the hidden most part of our heart and soul.  We are uniquely, fearfully and marvelously made children of God!  When we discover the power and presence of God within ourselves, we have found our true identity, one that doesn’t depend on what others see.  We are, and always will be, unique creations of the Master Creator.

“I am a member of God’s household”
- Ephesians 2:19

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“I am God’s child.”
John 1:12

Purpose

We all wonder why we are here occasionally.  Do we have a purpose to fulfill?  Is being a parent our ultimate role?  Are we supposed to be achieving great things at work?  Do we have a destiny to fulfill?  We can spend our lives worrying about what our purpose is, but it will be an exercise in futility unless we turn to God for guidance.  No one on earth knows what you should be doing.

God decides our life’s plan and purpose here on earth.  He created you to fulfill a divine purpose, no matter how large or small, that is part of His eternal plan.  Isn’t it reassuring to know that what you do and say matters in the grand scheme of things?  Our purpose is essential!

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”
-       Psalm 138:8

Tonight as you say your prayers, thank the Lord for providing everything you need and all that your heart desires, including unconditional love, acceptance, unfailing security, a unique identity and a true purpose !

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian 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. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day 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.

God Can Give You Wholeness

July 16, 2010 by  
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Many of us are struggling every day just to get by. Our lives are unbalanced, out of control.  Sometimes this lack of balance is caused by situations outside of our control, such as the economy, our jobs, responsibilities and obligations. However, in many cases, our unbalanced lives are caused by our own habits and lifestyles.

In many cases, our struggles can be categorized into seven symptoms or excesses that involve:

  • Erecting walls
  • People pleasing
  • Overspending
  • Chemical dependency
  • Thinking too much
  • Always rescuing people
  • Working too much

Does this mean that you shouldn’t try to please others, or help people in need? Does this mean you shouldn’t work overtime for the extra pay? Not at all. We should try to please others, help those in need, and work to support our loved ones.

However, God can help us find a balance and a sense of wholeness in our desire to both help others and to protect ourselves against stress and anxiety. Chemical dependencies can often be blamed on stress or pressure to excel. When we feel weak, frightened, or worried, we often retreat behind walls we erect to keep the hurt and the disappointment away. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, and failure isolate us from our loved ones and create distances between married couples, parents and children, and friends. Many of us feel incapable or unable to live the lives that others expect of us. In such cases, God is our salvation.

Place your troubles in God’s hands. Rely on Him to guide your life. By doing so, you may find you’re not only able to help others, work hard, but also to resist temptation and strive harder to live a healthy and balanced life while at the same time enjoying the benefits of God’s grace.

God’s love, wisdom, compassion and understanding offers each of us a place of retreat and refuge  when life’s pressures become too heavy. You don’t have to put up walls with God. He knows you. You don’t have to go one shopping sprees, eating binges, or rely on alcohol or chemicals when you’re feeling depressed, unworthy, or afraid. Instead, lean on God. His strength can carry us through life’s most difficult situations. God accepts us, faults and all.

Many people think they have to belong to a church in order to benefit from God’s grace, but the truth is, you can seek or commune with God anywhere, even from your solitary refuge at the back of your closet. While you can certainly pray for support and wholeness from a church sanctuary, you can also talk to God in your backyard, while driving, or going for a walk.  Communication is the key to seeking a relationship with God, and it’s up to you to let Him know how you’re feeling. The truth is, God probably already knows how you feel, but He likes to hear you say it.  He wants us to ask for help when we need it.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble”
– Psalm 46:1

Asking for help from God isn’t a sign of weakness, but of faith. Pride and stubbornness don’t help us find peace and stability in our lives. On the contrary, the inability to ask for help, to be open to new options, or believing that we can only rely on ourselves are a few of the obstacles that prevent many individuals from experiencing a peaceful, balanced life.

“Have faith that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
–Matthew 21:22

God can provide balance to those of us struggling to make ends meet, resolve issues, or overcome tragedy and grief. God can give us wholeness with open hands and a loving heart. All you have to do is ask.

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian 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. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day 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.

How Faith Works

July 9, 2010 by  
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You don’t need any special equipment or knowledge to have faith. Faith is believing in something you can’t see, or something you haven’t experienced, yet you know it’s there. Faith is the assurance of the answer to all we take to God in prayer. The three basic tenets regarding faith include:

  • Asking
  • Believing
  • Receiving

Does this mean that you’ll get everything you ask for from God? Not necessarily. God, in His own infinite wisdom knows what we need. However, by asking for help, support, love, or understanding, and sometimes, even material things, we should humble ourselves and ask with a sincere heart. How do you ask for faith from God? Open your heart. Dig deep into your soul and know that you’re asking for salvation. Asking anything from anyone requires believing that the person is there. The same goes for God.  When you ask for faith, you must believe that God exists, and that He can hear and respond to you.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
— Hebrews 11:1

Believing as another powerful aspect of faith. We’ve heard the story of Doubting Thomas and his need to see the wounds of Christ before he would believe He had risen from the dead. As the Bible says, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing.” Belief is a powerful concept, one that carries great depths of emotion and strength.

“We walk by faith, not by sight”
— 2 Corinthians 5:7

Believing that God is the only one that can help or save us means placing our entire trust and loyalty in Him and His power. Does that mean that you shouldn’t try at all? Not at all. While we should place our burdens and concerns in God’s hands, we also need to take courage to make changes in our own lives. Trust and faith in God that you have the ability to do so, no matter your circumstances, is as important as asking for help and believing you will receive such help.

Believe in yourself. Believe that God is there for you.  Believe that no stress or worry is too little for God to deal with. God cares for everyone.

Receiving a gift is easy, most of the time. You extend your hand, receive the gift, and offer thanks. However, receiving the gift of faith goes a little deeper than that. It means relinquishing human pride and opening your heart to the workings of a mysterious power that we cannot see.  Faith requires believing without seeing. It requires trust.

“Ask , and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock , and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
– Matthew 7:7-9

Sometimes, the gift of faith is received through constant seeking, or it may be immediate. The key is to search your heart, to ask in sincerity, to believe deeply and truly, and to be open and receptive to the receipt of faith.

God tells us that we should believe without doubt, because God is pleased by such depth of faith and rewards the faithful.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you,” says Jesus.

Asking, believing, and receiving faith goes way beyond asking for temporary favors, but requires an effort by the individual doing the asking to truly attempt to understand and know God, to live a life that will please God, and to continually place your life under God’s guidance and control.

“Listen to me ! You can pray for anything and if you believe you will have it.”
–Mark 11:24

Faith works in mysterious ways, and not everyone will ask for help the same way, believe in God the same way, or even receive gifts from God in the same manner. While you may not receive a physical or material package, the act of asking, believing and receiving faith requires open arms, open heart, and open mind. Faith has the power to change your life. Open your arms, ask, believe, and receive. Be assured that with God there is always a way, with God there is always right answers.

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, speaker and author of best-selling Christian Book titled, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, joy, peace and prosperity in their lives. Visit 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 .

God Knows How You are Feeling

January 11, 2010 by  
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During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He chose twelve disciples, or students. Their task was to learn about Him and follow His example. It wasn’t enough that they saw what Jesus did; they needed to understand why and how.

Why? He loved them. Jesus was human so He knew what they were feeling and how to address their concerns so they would know how to carry on after His crucifixion.

Today, Jesus is teaching us. And, just like His disciples, He understands how we are feeling and just how to deal with it. It’s not an easy thing to find someone who really knows what is going on inside your mind. God knew that and sent our Savior into the world.

The Lonely

We all seek intimacy. It could be sexual intimacy between a man and a woman, the love between a parent and child or the bonds of friendship that Jesus experienced with His disciples. No one wants to travel this earthly road alone and God doesn’t either. He created us to enjoy a relationship with Him. When you need someone to talk to about your problems, He is always there to listen.

You may be thinking that this is all well and good, but you still crave human companionship. When you seek intimacy with God first, He will give you everything that you need including a human friend, parent or parental figure and possibly a soul mate.

The Broken

Our lives can get broken through our own choices and/or that of others. There is a story in the Bible that compares God to a potter. We are the soft moist clay that is on His wheel being shaped into whatever He desires.

The potter doesn’t only create; He also fixes broken things. God takes the broken pieces of our lives and reshapes us with His loving hands. But, before He can do that, you have to be willing to give Him the pieces: your anger, resentment, hopelessness, despair and frustration.

The Victimized

Even though we know that God gives all of us free will, it is still hard to understand why bad things happen. When you’re the victim, you want to find justice for your suffering. The first step begins with your relationship to God.

Getting a guilty verdict from the courts doesn’t necessarily make the pain or the nightmares go away. God works on your heart to help you deal with the situation so that you are can continue to live victoriously.

The Trapped

Have you ever felt trapped in your life? After a while, it seems like you are on auto-pilot and just going through the motions. “Stop the world, I want to get off!”

God can use His transforming power to free you. To truly live a different life, add God to it. He will meet you were you are right now and work from the inside out to affect your emotions, thoughts, speech and your eternal soul.

The Anxious

With the state of the world today, people are worried. They worry about their jobs, homes, families, crime, health care and the like. Jesus told His disciples that they would encounter tribulations in their life but to remain hopeful because the end of the story had already been written. What that means is even though the world is in turmoil at times; your security is assured through God.

As a loving Father, He provides all of our needs when we need them. Take your concerns to God through prayer and trust Him for the outcome. No matter what you see or hear from others, the God of your life is working things out behind the scenes.

The Lost

There is a parable in the Bible about a lost sheep (Luke 15:4-6). When the shepherd realized the sheep was lost, he left the other ones in a safe place and expended his energy looking for the lost one. Once he found the sheep, he cradled him and rejoiced.

God doesn’t want any of His children to wander around in a daze. When you don’t know what to believe or who to turn to that might be how you feel. If you feel lost, pray. Believe that God can help you and He will. He unfolds the correct path before you one step at a time.

Are you worried that God doesn’t understand your situation? Then, tell Him. He already knows but He wants to hear it all from you, good and bad.

Additional Scriptures:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

-          Philippians 4:6

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back”
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says the Lord.

-          Romans 12:19

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 Has Something Else in Mind

January 8, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Isaiah 55:11

“It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

There is a line from a contemporary gospel song that says, “God’s delay is not a denial.” God always answers prayer. It is just that sometimes the answer is no.

As a kid, you never wanted to hear the word, “No.” It always meant that you would leave empty handed. As adults, we feel the same way about that word. We have even equated that word with a lack of love.

God is nothing but love and can show only that. As a parent, you are called to often deny your children something that you know will hurt them. It is the same with God. The funny thing is that we know when we are asking for something that we really shouldn’t have. It’s just that we hope God will overlook that and give it to us anyway.

If we were granted everything that we wanted when we wanted it, how many of us would wind up in a mess? God sees the big picture. He wants us to have the best but that does require saying no to us.

Resist the urge to get mad at God during these times. Keep praying that He will give you the answer He wants and you need. He is the parent who always has your best interests at heart.

Prayer Suggestions: Let the same mind be in me that was in my Jesus. When my prayers line up with Your will, the answer will be “yes.”

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.

God Knows Our Weaknesses

October 23, 2009 by  
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Have you ever put on a “false face” or airs to fool someone else into thinking you were something you were not? Before you get your dander up, you are not the only one who has done that. Just take a look at the news and you’ll see many people who have been busted for perpetrating a fraud.

It’s tiring isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put your best foot forward, just be sure that it is your foot you are using. When the people you want to impress leave, you breathe a sigh of relief because you can go back to being yourself. The truth is that living like that is not living at all.

When we hide who we really are, no one gets to know the real you. Society tells us to hide who we are if it contradicts what the world thinks is normal or acceptable. To God we are all lights just waiting to be illuminated in the world.

In one of Jesus’ parables, he talked about hiding lights under a basket. You can’t see that way so you put the light in an area where it can shine throughout the entire room. Putting on airs is like hiding your light – no one can benefit, not even you. Your true purpose is not being served.

The big question is why do we hide in the first place? Will friends leave us or family disown us because we are not acting or living a certain way? God speaks to that through Jesus in His word. When we are forsaken by others for His glory, He will always be there to stand up for us.

It is bad enough that we hide in society, but even worse is that the habit of hiding stays with us when we come to Christ. Here’s a news flash: God knows all about your weaknesses. He knew about them when you were in the world and He knows about them now that you have accepted Him into your life.

What the world sees as shortcomings are opportunities for God. Maybe you have a disability or have a family member with a disability that you don’t want others to know about. The weakness you possess could be a carryover from your days “in the world” that you can’t seem to drop. What would the elders in the church think if they knew you struggled with something “unmentionable”?

The Apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his flesh. It is believed that this was a weakness or sin that he struggled with. Paul asked God to take it away so that he could be free, but God did not. Instead, He worked through Paul’s weakness to show His glory.

When your weakness is some type of bad habit, God doesn’t always take it away. Yes, He wants us all to be more Christ-like, but with His help. On our own, we can’t affect any lasting change in ourselves. Besides, society is okay with those types of habits.

The process of purging yourself of a weakness like that is where God transforms us. He uses our transformation as a way of showing others that He can change anyone. In the end, you are freed from your bad habit and someone else is blessed through your struggle. And, once you are free through Christ, you have truly conquered your weakness.

But, there is not only one type of weakness. The second type is the one we originally mentioned. Denying who you are because society doesn’t find it acceptable is disheartening to God. When you accept that He made you and that He doesn’t make mistakes, you can then embrace your difference (disability, weight, height, speech, etc.) and use it for His purposes. God uses the people society throws away to do great things for Him.

Throw away the “false face.” Whether you have a bad habit that is lingering or you are different in other ways, God already knows about it and can do great things with you. If He is not ashamed to own you, then who cares what the world thinks?

Additional Scriptures:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

-          John 8:36

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“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each 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.”

-          2 Corinthians 12:8-9

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

-          Lamentations 3:22-23

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.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Has Been Waiting On You

October 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

How does it feel when someone is waiting on you? If you are running late, you probably feel guilty about it. If it is somewhere that you don’t want to go, you may run late on purpose. But, what if God was the one waiting on you?

It’s true that God waits for us all of our lives. What is He waiting for? He is looking for His children to come back home. And, indeed, we are His children. He knew us when we were still in the womb and our own parents didn’t know who we were.

The reason God is waiting goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had everything that their Lord had to offer and they turned their backs for one thing that they didn’t have (and really didn’t need). And today, we are still following in those ancient footsteps.

After Eden, the world was plunged into sin. Every person born was born into an unholy world. There was no way to bridge the chasm. God spoke directly to several people to accomplish His goals. But, we were still separated and it pained our Father.

But, God had a plan. He sent His only son, Jesus, into the world to be our bridge over that chasm of sin. Now, think about the gravity of His decision. Children are a part of us from the beginning. They are our life. You’d probably rather lose a limb or life itself than let your children die.

That is the length and depth and height of God’s love for us. Even His child was not spared to bring us back into relationship with Him. Jesus was born into this sinful world like the rest of us. He ate, drank, slept and had friends.

In His adult life, the three-year ministry began. Jesus knew hunger, hatred, love, pain and every other emotion we feel every day. Still, He knew that His reward would be great in heaven when He fulfilled the Father’s plan.

The very ground opened up when Jesus died. For the first time, those who hated Jesus realized who He truly was. Why does it take the ground shaking beneath some of our feet to get us to recognize God?

God stands ready to accept us back into His loving arms. The sacrifice was made once for all and the reward Jesus received as a child of the King awaits us too. Some church fans display a picture of the Savior standing at a closed door knocking. The door is the one that opens to your heart.

Some of our hearts are so hardened that nothing can get in. On the inside, there is hurt and anger barring the door. At that point, the only one who can breach the heart is Jesus.

Jesus is not a myth used to separate you from your money and possessions by television preachers. The Savior is real and if you don’t have true peace of mind in your life, then He is still standing at the door waiting on you to open it.

But, God is patient. That is how love works. When your kids go astray, you don’t cut them off like a weed in the garden. You wait tearfully, prayerfully and hopefully for them to come back to you.

Don’t be misinformed. God is tearful when we slap His helping hand away. It gets slapped away when you brick up your heart. It is slapped away when you refuse to hear the Word of God. It gets slapped whenever you give someone else the glory that belongs to Him.

God wants to shelter you in His arms. Accepting Him now means living in safety and love on this side of heaven. But He can’t do so unless you let Him in. And so, He waits for your answer until the time that you take your last breath.

God sent Jesus as a ransom to buy your freedom. Won’t you stop living in bondage to the world and accept that you can be free in Christ?

Additional Scriptures:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

-          Revelation 3:20

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Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

-          Isaiah 55: 6-7

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.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

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