You Cannot Hide Your Sins from God

July 29, 2010 by  
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Reading for the day: Proverbs 28:13

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Have you done something that you know is wrong in God’s eyes?  Have you confessed your sin with a contrite heart, or are you avoiding the issue, hoping the problem will go away?

Toddlers often do this.  They may take a cookie they weren’t allowed to have, or push down a playmate.  When we ask them if they did it, they look innocent and say, “No!  Not me!” even when we saw them do it.  As parents, we know that we can’t let them get away with lying about what happened, because even if they deny it, they did something wrong and they must admit it and learn from their mistake.  We may even say, “It’s okay that you pushed your sister, but lying about it is wrong.  I’d rather you tell me the truth even if you did something bad than lie to me.”

Then why do we so often try to ignore our own sins?  Perhaps we’ve fudged a bit on our tax return, or gossiped behind someone’s back.  Maybe we have cheated on our spouse or been unfair to our children.  But whatever the sin, we cannot hide them from God.  Like a watchful parent, He sees our sins even if we don’t acknowledge them ourselves.  But we need to confess them openly and honestly; only then will we learn from our mistakes and gain God’s mercy and forgiveness.  God asks us to confess so that we can move on – the burden of a ‘hidden’ sin is one we don’t have to carry.

Prayer Suggestion:  If you have been avoiding confession of your sins, don’t wait another day.  Lay all of them before God and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, speaker and author of bestselling 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 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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How to Be Happy in Life Today

February 12, 2010 by  
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Happiness is a choice.  Everyone is in the pursuit of happiness.  Entire sections of bookstores are devoted to finding it.  Women’s magazines feature quizzes with titles like, “How Do You Rate on the Happiness Scale?”  People climb mountains, take Pilates, and run marathons.  People drink, take drugs, and take unsafe risks.  All in the quest for happiness.

Obviously, happiness is not easily obtained.  Some people believe it is a myth.  Yet some people claim that they are truly happy.  People have been claiming this for centuries.  The truth is, happiness can be found in a life with Jesus Christ.

Bad things still happen.  Happy people still get sad, still get angry, but they have somewhere to take these feelings.  They have a personal relationship with a personal God, a God who knows all their wants, all their needs, before they even ask.  When they feel unhappy, they are able to go to God.  This brings peace.  This brings joy.  This makes them happy.

In the Book of John, Chapter 15, Christ tells us that He is the vine, and that God is the gardener.  We, the believers, are the vine’s branches, and we bear fruit.  This is an apt metaphor, because it shows us that God wants us to be fruitful.  Verse 8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  By living well, by bearing fruit, we glorify God.  God wants us to be happy.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness makes God happy.  In this same chapter, Jesus tells us that we cannot bear fruit unless we remain in the vine.  Is it possible that true happiness is actually impossible, unless we try it via the vine, via Jesus Christ?  In Verse 7, Christ says, “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.”  This sounds too simple, doesn’t it?  If we remain in Christ, if we meditate on His Word, keep His Word in our hearts, we can ask for anything our hearts desire.  And according to this verse, it is God’s true desire to grant us our desires.  In Verse 11, Jesus says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Sometimes it is not easy to believe in these promises.  No, faith is not supposed to be easy.  If it were, then everybody would be faithful.  Faith requires a willful submission to  beliefs that sometimes won’t make sense to us.  Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  It’s not supposed to be easy.  But we are called to do it anyway.  In Matthew 17, Christ says, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  If faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, if with faith in God, nothing is impossible, doesn’t that make our individual happiness seem like a fairly simple task?  Not only does God want us to be happy, but it is a simple undertaking for Him.  He’s the God of the universe, of all that has been and will be.  Surely He can make me happy.  But I have to have faith.

Even when things go wrong, we need to have faith.  The Bible says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  Belief in God does not create a protective bubble around us.  We see crime.  We see cancer.  We see war.  We see these things, and we ask ourselves, why?  We ask God, why?  We wonder, how we can ever be happy in a world so torn? But Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”  All these things happening in the world, all these things that hurt us and confuse us, all these things are somehow going to work for good.  How do we know?  We have to have faith.  We’re back to the mustard seed.  When something bad happens, we have to believe that it is for a greater good, that it is all part of God’s plan.

Sometimes, we even feel guilty for our happiness.  This is the world talking, not the Holy Spirit.  We should never feel guilty for our joy.  Our joy is a gift from God, and by letting the world see our joy, even in the midst of so much pain, we let the world see our faith.  By showing the world our faith, we show them our God.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness is a gift from Him.  All we have to do is reach out and accept it.

Sometimes, we even feel guilty for our happiness.  This is the world talking, not the Holy Spirit.  We should never feel guilty for our joy.  Our joy is a gift from God, and by letting the world see our joy, even in the midst of so much pain, we let the world see our faith.  By showing the world our faith, we show them our God.  Our happiness glorifies Him.  Our happiness is a gift from Him.  All we have to do is reach out and accept 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 Direct My Path

January 22, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
~ Psalm 119: 105

Oftentimes, God’s will is a mystery.  It can be frustrated, when we feel like we’re left wondering what He wants us to do.  Sometimes we feel like we’re guessing, and then second-guessing ourselves.  It is in these in-between times, when we’re not sure where we’re being led, that we must lean on faith the most.

This faith can be strengthened by reading the Bible.  God’s Word will direct our paths, even if it feels like nothing’s happening.  We might read the Bible ten days in a row and feel like we’re not gleaning anything that can be applied to what’s happening in our lives at that moment, but then on the eleventh day, we encounter a bombshell verse that makes everything clear.

That is one reason why it is so important to read the Bible prayerfully.  We need to ask God to show us what He wants us to see in His word, to ask Him to guide us with His Scripture.

We also need to ask Him to let us know (We can request that He do it gently) when we’ve taken a wrong turn.  Sometimes we misinterpret His direction, or we listen to our own voices instead of His.  It is at these times, that we most need His guidance, but it is at these times that we might be the most resistant to accepting it.

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear God, Please direct my path in every way.  Please show me Your will through Your Word and in my life.  And if I am on the wrong path, or about to make a wrong turn, please show me the right way.”

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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Get to Know God Better

January 18, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
~Philippians 4:8

The more we get to know God, the more we want to know Him.  So how do we start?  He’s made it somewhat simple for us.  He’s given us options.

  • Scripture.  The key to God’s heart is written in His Holy Word, and by reading it and meditating on it, we will get to know God better.
  • Prayer.  When you want to get to know another person, don’t we usually start with conversation?  The same goes for God.  Talk to God.  He’s always listening.
  • Meditation.  You don’t have to sit with your legs crossed underneath you and rock back and forth.  You can meditate on good things on your commute to work, or before you fall asleep at night.  The Bible just tells us to think about good things, things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.  That is a pleasant command to follow!  Think about good things?  It’s that easy?
  • Nature.  We can get to know God better by taking a walk through the woods, or the park, or by putting some freshly cut flowers on our dining room table.  God created the world in all its beauty for us to enjoy, and for us to know Him through.  By gazing up at the stars, we get a glimpse of Who God can be.
  • Solitude.  Solitude is more difficult for some of us than for others.  Some of us have noisy, busy jobs.  Some of us have toddlers running around the house.  But all of us would be better off if we took a few minutes out of our day to be alone with God.  To be silent, to stare at the stars, or at the grass, or at the snow, and to pray, and to think about good things.

Prayer Suggestion: “God, help me get to know You better.  Help me find You in my life, in Your Word, in Your world, and in my heart.”

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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God Has a Pruning Process

January 13, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day:

“Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith.”
~ Proverbs 25:4

When gardeners prune bushes, they cut off dead or unsightly branches.  They do this for two reasons:  to make the bush more beautiful, and to improve growth.

God does the same thing with us.  He helps us to get rid of our dead branches, those things that have become part of us through life’s trials.  You know, the baggage we all carry around.  Sometimes, we are reluctant to let go of it, but it is this baggage, these dead or unsightly limbs, that keeps us from flourishing in God’s grace.  If we allow God to prune away these dead branches, we will be more ready and able to grow in our faith, and to grow as beautiful individuals designed in God’s image, for God’s purpose.  Do we really want dead branches getting in the way of such lofty goals?

This verse from Proverbs compares us to silver.  A silversmith has to heat up his metal, so that the dross will rise to the top, and he can scrape it off.  Sometimes God will apply a little pressure, a little heat, to our lives, so that our dross will become more visible, and He can help us scrape it off.  Then we are ready to be molded by the silversmith, by God.  Then we are ready to be beautiful, pure, gleaming silver, reflecting the light of God’s grace.

Change is difficult, but do any of us really want dead branches in our lives?  Wouldn’t any of us rather be heated up a little if it makes us shine more brightly?

Prayer Suggestion: “Dear Lord, please prune me for Your purpose.  I want to shine in Your grace.”

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.