God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever

July 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

The most powerful weapon against fear and worry is scripture.  You can find a scripture that pertains to your circumstances no matter what they are and lean on their power to reassure you.  But why are the words of the Bible so much more powerful than others?  It’s because the Word of God has been unchangeable down through the centuries, unchangeable and reliable at all times.

The God who delivered the Israelites yesterday will deliver you today and your children tomorrow.  God’s love, power and almighty presence are unceasing.  What a wonderful and reassuring feeling!

“For I am the Lord, I do not change.”

-  Malachi 3:6

Change happens all around us; day changes to night, the seasons change, and the circumstances of our lives change.  One day we may be up and the next day, down.  Even those who love us most change as the days, weeks and years pass.  God was wise enough to understand that we are human and that change in our lives should be part of the human condition, yet he also gave us certain constants in our lives – yes, there are seasons, but they follow a predictable pattern so that crops can grow and we can appreciate the beauty of nature.  Day always follows night so that we can rest when we need to and wake up each day feeling refreshed.  There is a constancy to even the changes in our lives that tell us that God’s love is always present.

Knowing that our universe is put together so that we can rely on it to follow a reliable pattern is reassuring.  It tells us that God himself is constant in His love for us, so we need not fear.  His loving kindness is eternal and never changing.  Even as our lives change, jobs come and go, and relationships grow and fade, God is steadfastly loving us and watching over us.

“Give all your worries to god, for he cares what happens to you.”

- 1 Peter 5:7

When something in our lives goes wrong or brings us sorrow, we sometimes tell ourselves, “Don’t worry, this too shall pass.”  It is a thought that helps us to feel just a little bit better about the lows in our lives, but when the highs come along, we don’t want to think that they are only temporary.  It is reassuring to remember that God has promised to always be there – He is not temporary and His love will never pass away from our lives.

God’s love, power and protection are never-changing and never-ending, no matter what we do or what happens in the universe.  We don’t have to tell ourselves that things will change when we think about God – He’s always been there and always will be.  God’s mighty presence is with us in all circumstances and conditions, in all places at all times.  Any adversity that we face gives God another opportunity for us to experience His great peace, love and understanding.  How wonderful that the Lord is so constant – you never have to worry about whether He is there for you or not – He is eternal, just as He has always said.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

-   Deuteronomy 31:8

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

How to Forgive Yourself

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Forgiveness

No matter what the occasion, we often find ourselves looking for the best gift possible to give those we care about.  We want to find some token of our affection to give them that says, “I care about you.”  Of course, the best gifts to give those around us aren’t those that can be bought in any store.  To show how much we love others, we need to let go of the hurt and pain that they have caused and forgive them.  Love and forgiveness along with second chances are the best gifts we can possibly give to others.

But what about yourself?  Have you thought about giving yourself the gift of forgiveness this year?  Are you ready to be free and ready to move ahead into a life of graciousness and love in the future?  If you are, you must forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made – and that can be a difficult thing to do!  It’s easy to try and hide our mistakes and not think about them, but what we hide has power over us; it can sit there in the back of our minds and fester, eating away at our self-assurance and our sense of God’s love for us, making us wonder if we are truly worthy.  We have to let go of our mistakes and forgive ourselves just as God forgives us.  And He does forgive us, completely and with no reservations!

“You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful.”

- Nehemiah 9:17


“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

- Luke 6:37

When you are ready to forgive yourself, there are six steps that I’ve found very helpful in helping me on the path to self-forgiveness.  Perhaps they will help you in your struggle to let go of you past mistakes and embrace forgiveness:

Six Steps Toward Forgiving Yourself

1.   Take out a sheet of paper and write your name at the top.  Now take some time to think about all of those things you’ve never let go of in your past that you haven’t forgiven yourself for.

2.   Write down what those transgressions are and who you hurt; how you hurt them, etc.  Was it verbal or physical abuse?  Dishonesty? Neglecting someone you cared about? Betrayal? Rejection? Theft? Rape? Lying? Addiction? Adultery?

3.   Write down how you feel about yourself because of these unresolved feelings over your past mistakes.  Be very honest with yourself.  Although you may have made amends or been forgiven by others, do you still feel unworthy?  God knows how you feel and He sees your heart.  Express on paper how you feel and let the emotions flow – release them!

4.   Decide to forgive yourself.  Forgiveness is not a feeling but a decision of the will and one of the greatest Gifts from God.  He has told us to forgive and that He will give us the power to do so – but it all begins with the decision to do so.

5.   Take your list to God and acknowledge your forgiveness to Him.  “Lord, I come to You today and give up my unforgiveness.  I forgive myself for ____________________.  At this moment, I choose not to hold these offenses against myself, but put them into Your Hands.  God, heal my emotional wounds and help me to be able to move forward without regrets and help me to let go of the past and start fresh.  God give me the ability to  offer upliftment and comfort to someone else with the same comfort you have given me.   I release my past sins of ____________into Your Hands.”

6.   Destroy the list in private.  This visual exercise can be very freeing.  Whether you decide to shred it, burn it  or tear it up and scatter it in the trash, imagine your past mistakes being destroyed and floating away in the same manner.

This is what it means to be “born again.”  The Lord doesn’t want us to dwell on what has happened before – our lives as Christians are about who we are now and in the future, walking in forgiveness and love.  So give yourself a wonderful gift that is free of charge and yet priceless this year – forgive yourself!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Alone with You in this moment of meditation and prayer, I release any unresolved feelings of resentment or regret.

Help me through this process of healing.

I release to you any unresolved feelings that I have toward myself.  I understand that not forgiving myself is disobedience toward you.

Forgive me for any pain that I have caused in the lives of others.  Forgive me for not letting go of the past and moving forward in love.

I experience now the relief of forgiveness to the depths of my being.

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge and give thanks for Your love that strengthens me, comforts and soothes me emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

In the complete fullness of Your Love, I can and do forgive myself.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for healing my heart and bringing Joy and Meaning back into my life.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

This is a new beginning releasing the past and embracing forgiveness. Forgiveness opens the door to the enrichment of all our relationships so that they flourish with understanding and love. With the forgiveness we express today we open the way to a brighter future.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

God Make Me, Mold Me

June 29, 2009 by  
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God always sees us as His precious gifts, priceless treasures in his Kingdom. Why does He see us this way? Because we are created in His image – and nothing could be more precious and special than to be created in the image of God Himself, the Lord of all creation!

This is why we must always keep in mind that He is always shaping us and conforming us to His character. He wants us to become more like Him in every way. God is the potter and we are the clay that He shapes to His own purposes, making us into worthy vessels to be filled with His Holy Spirit. When we submit and surrender our will to our Heavenly Father, He will shape and mold us according to His will and more closely to His image every day.

This growth and change as God molds us is a process that is on-going, so we do not need to be discouraged along the way. We can enjoy each step along the way. It’s okay to take pleasure in where we are on our walk with God while knowing that God is not finished with us yet. He is always in the process of changing us and taking us to where He wants us to be. Simply remember that He is always working on us, from the inside out, and take solace in the fact that we can love our God with all our hearts because He continues to make us better people even as he loves us where we are right now.

“The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Exodus 4:11-12

How Does God Mold Me?

But how does God mold you into the person He wants you to be? How are we to recognize the Lord’s touch as He takes the unfinished clay of our lives and turns it into a beautiful, finished container for His Spirit? The simple answer is that God molds us every day, in every way.

Every contact you have with others impacts your life in some way, whether to teach you a lesson about God’s mercy and love, or to strengthen your humility and resolve. There is no relationship you have that isn’t part of God’s molding and shaping process in some way. Each person that touches your life leaves a mark on the pottery of your soul. If you would like to move closer to God and help Him in His desire to make you a worthy vessel, associate with other Christians, for they will also help God mold you and shape you through their example and Christian love.

God also shapes you through what you do. The more you act and live like a Christian, the more God will guide your footsteps in the right path. It is a natural progression that the more you do that is kind and right and good, the more you will desire to do these things. So look to God for His support and He will give it, and shape your heart to guide you in the path of His goals and hopes for you. Because He created you, He knows everything about you and will guide you in His ways.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be.”

-Psalm 139:14-16

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Writing a Heartfelt Letter to God

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love, Grief

When there is no closure in our lives, we continue to hurt long after the moment that first caused us pain has passed.  When we are troubled by past transgressions we can’t forget, our lives continue to be an open wound that can’t heal.  We become “walking wounded” and can’t get on with our lives.  We feel incomplete and unfinished, as though something in our lives is lacking.

How do you find closure after death, separation, divorce, or the pain of a parent who doesn’t love you?  What do you do to find peace when your life continues to show the scars of past abuse or terrible loss?

God will soothe your soul and help bring you peace if only you will lay your sorrows and anger at His feet.  Sometimes it’s hard to go to the Lord and confess how angry we are at a loved one because of a past slight or some terrible harm they caused us.  After all, we want to be good Christians and forgive – but if there is still pain in our hearts, it can be difficult to do.

Write Your Unresolved Pain Down

It may help if you try writing a letter to God.  Writing down what is eating at your soul can help you move past it.  We hate to rant and rave at God when we pray, shouting about how bitter or disappointed we are; it seems so disrespectful.  But God wants to hear everything in our hearts – even the ugly stuff.  So sit down tonight and write a letter to God.  It might look like this:

“Dear God,

I’m so angry!  I hate my sister for betraying me, and I can’t get past it.  I wish she would just go away and leave me alone forever…..”

Once you start writing, you will find that all of the bitterness, hurt and sorrow will come spilling out and  onto the page.  That’s good!  It’s very cleansing to finally admit, even to yourself, that you have been hanging on to unfinished business and letting yourself dwell on the past.

After you’ve written your letter, make it a sacrifice to God, for even our pain, when given with a true and faithful heart, is a gift to our Lord.  He will take the sorrow you’ve written about and soothe it away for you.  Some people may even want to burn the letter after they’ve asked God to help them find closure.  It is a simple ritual that can give you a feeling of release – you have admitted what the problem is, asked God to help you move forward, and now you can let it go!

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.”

- Jeremiah 17:14

Once you’ve done this, you will feel a sense of peace as the closure you’ve been seeking for so long finds its place in your heart!

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, 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 http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith