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.

Divine Order

January 6, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

If you have ever taken a science class, then you have been introduced to order. In the universe, things happen at certain times and in certain ways. Some call it the “natural order of things.” In God’s realm, there is a divine order to things.

The verse above gives specific instructions as to how God’s people would receive forgiveness for their wayward actions. Unless they consciously acknowledged their sin and decided to change, their pleas wouldn’t be answered from Heaven.

It is like light and dark. Neither can exist in the same place at the same time. When you light a candle in the dark room, the darkness is pierced. That’s part of that natural order again.

In the spiritual realm, asking God for forgiveness begins the process of lighting up the dark places inside of you. Since God can’t exist in a dark place, one of them has to leave. If you are not ready to give your life to God wholeheartedly, then you have a big decision to make.

To receive God’s promise, you have to do your part first. Whether it is giving up a sin or changing a behavior, God makes it clear what has to happen and in what order. To gain true freedom, you have to first fall in line with God’s spiritual order.

Prayer Suggestions: You can’t live two separate lives in one body. Follow God or follow the world.

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 Inner Peace

November 16, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: St. John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

The gift that God left for us was the Comforter – the Holy Spirit. He reminds us of the things that God has told us in the past. He has a knack for bringing us these words when we need them most: in the stillness of the night, in the midst of turmoil, when everything seems to be against us.

Worry is the enemy of peace. It leads to physical and spiritual upheaval in our lives. Physically, worrying can lead to headaches, gastrointestinal distress and arguments. Spiritually, you begin to doubt what you know – that God is your supreme provider.

It was never His intention that His children should feel anything but protection and reassurance in Him. But, we often mistake the peace of the world as the peace He left us. You won’t find true security in things or circumstances that are based on human sources. It can always be taken away: money, cars, homes, jobs and etcetera.

God’s peace revolves around an unshakable knowledge that you are His and therefore have a purpose. No matter what you have done in the past, God will forgive you when you ask. He will lift you into His loving arms and set you back down on the right path with a new frame of mind. You’ll adopt His value system and also His way of viewing yourself and others. And, when you forget, the Holy Spirit will be there to remind you of the truth.

Prayer Suggestions: Take His strength as your own. Ask Him to protect your mind from negative thoughts that stop you from achieving His goals and reaping the bountiful blessings.

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

God Says You Got What It Takes

November 13, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: Philippians 4:12-13

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

In life, you will have days that you feel unsure of yourself. It could be the fear of failure or even the fear of success. You don’t know if you have what it takes to do the job before you. Because we are human beings, this kind of thought pattern creeps into our daily living for Christ.

Even when God gives us something to do, we quietly question His logic in our minds. But you are not the first. Moses did the same thing. He stuttered when He spoke and questioned God at the burning bush for choosing Him to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt.

Gideon questioned God’s choice when he was asked to fight the Midianites. He remarked that he was the least of his house in the smallest tribe of the twelve (Manasseh). That sounds like some of us.

It may be natural to doubt, but God comes prepared. He gives us one thing that makes all the difference – the Holy Spirit. He works from the outside in to prepare us for what God wants us to do. No matter what God places before you, you have what it takes to overcome the circumstances.

Prayer Suggestions: Take His strength as your own. Ask Him to protect your mind from negative thoughts that stop you from achieving His goals and reaping the bountiful blessings.

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

God has Wired Us All So Differently

November 11, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.”

Have you ever been told that you are different? It may have hurt at first. The goal of every person seems to be conformity. No one wants to “stick out” in the crowd.

God challenges us to not conform but allow Him to transform us with His purpose. For want of being the same, people have taken their lives, committed crimes and denied associations. Look at Peter. He didn’t want to be associated with Jesus so he denied knowing Him to the crowd.

God did not create us all to be the same. The apostle Paul tells compares believers to a giant body. The body has different parts that must work together so that the entire body can move. Without the feet you couldn’t walk. Without the head, you couldn’t do anything.

Further on in the chapter, Paul talks about the gifts that God gives to us through the Spirit. The main point here is that the Spirit decides who receives what gift. If God has taken such care to choose who you will be, who are you to deny that in the face of mankind?

It is an honor to be loved and used by God. The fact that such an awesome God can use us is monumental. Your contribution in this life is important to Him. When people peg you as different, just smile and tell God “thank you.”

Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to show you who He wants you to be.

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

God Does Not Show Us Everything

November 9, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: 1 Corinthians 13:12

“Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

The thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians is about love. It is not the hand-holding kind of love but the love that God has for us that was demonstrated by Christ. It is the kind of love that we are told to have one for another.

The goal of science is to discover the mysteries of our world. We have come a long way from the age of dinosaurs. Who would ever have thought that we would be able to travel beyond this planet and move amongst the stars. But, it didn’t happen overnight. It was a process.

The same is true with God. We can’t always see the end of the road but we know it is there. One day at a time, God lays the foundation in our lives. Each day gives us hope for the future and, eventually we find out what God wanted us to see.

There is a danger in knowing the end result at the beginning. You never learn anything. God wants to empower us and that comes through faithful obedience that everything will be revealed in due course.

Who knows? That student you tutored patiently in math may one day become a great teacher, helping other students.

Prayer Suggestions: Lord, help me not be anxious about what you ask me to do today. Let me trust and leave the outcome to You.

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.
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.

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

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.

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

You Cannot Hide Your Sins from God

July 22, 2009 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 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

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

God Wants Us to Listen to Him

July 20, 2009 by  
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God is bigger than any problem we will ever face and He can guide us through all of our trials and sorrows, but first we must listen to Him.  We can talk to God any time and about anything – in fact, that’s sometimes the easy part.  The challenge is in knowing how to listen to God.  Whether you are a teenager facing peer pressure or an adult facing chemical dependency, a life threatening disease, unemployment or loneliness, we can talk to God and reveal the burdens of our heart.  And God will listen to those sorrows and give us comfort!

But beyond simply confessing our sorrows and praying for comfort, the Lord wants us to ask Him questions.  When we ask for guidance or God’s direction, we are letting Him know that we seek the answers He is so anxious to give us.  What should I do?  How do I carry on?  What is Your will for my life?  These are all questions that God will answer if you are willing to truly open a listening heart!  God has all of the answers we need if we will only listen to Him.

Sometimes the answers we seek reveal themselves immediately, while at other times they come at a time and in a manner that’s unexpected and disconcerting.  We may struggle against what the answer is, but God’s love for us is patient – He will keep offering His answers and wait for us to listen.  He won’t abandon us if we refuse to hear the first time or even the tenth time!  You see, God loves us so much that He is willing to give us the answers over and over until we are ready to receive them.

But how do we learn to truly listen and accept God’s answers for our lives?  First, we must realize that listening so that we truly hear God’s call is the most important thing in our lives.  If we are too busy with the hustle and hurry of our everyday lives, we may not hear because God’s voice is drowned out by the world’s confusion.  You must set aside time to listen and hear.

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”
- Psalm 46:10

We need to tune out the noise and distraction of this world and allow God’s voice to reach us within our hearts and souls.  It isn’t always easy to do this – we have to take the time to focus on God within this busy, noisy world.  But no matter what time of day or night we turn to Him with a listening heart, He will be waiting for you.

These simple steps will help you open up to what God wants to say:

1. Train yourself to hear the Lord by reading your Bible, which is the Word of God.  His Word will open your heart and your ears to the sound of His voice and His desire for you.

2.  Look for and listen to God’s words in the world around you.  As you open your heart, you will be amazed by the many signs of God’s love for you that surround you even in the gravest of circumstances.

3.  Give yourself over to God’s will.  You may hear the word of God and be afraid of what He has planned for you and you may want to turn away – but ignoring God’s plan when you have heard it is worse than never having heard it at all.  The most important part of hearing is truly listening to God!  And listening requires a heart and soul that are ready to receive God wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to listen to God?  Then talk to Him and open your heart so that it is ready when God speaks to you!

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.
- Proverbs 19:20

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

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

God Wants Us to Listen to Him

God is bigger than any problem we will ever face and He can guide us through all of our trials and sorrows, but first we must listen to Him. We can talk to God any time and about anything – in fact, that’s sometimes the easy part. The challenge is in knowing how to listen to God. Whether you are a teenager facing peer pressure or an adult facing chemical dependency, a life threatening disease, unemployment or loneliness, we can talk to God and reveal the burdens of our heart. And God will listen to those sorrows and give us comfort!

But beyond simply confessing our sorrows and praying for comfort, the Lord wants us to ask Him questions. When we ask for guidance or God’s direction, we are letting Him know that we seek the answers He is so anxious to give us. What should I do? How do I carry on? What is Your will for my life? These are all questions that God will answer if you are willing to truly open a listening heart! God has all of the answers we need if we will only listen to Him.

Sometimes the answers we seek reveal themselves immediately, while at other times they come at a time and in a manner that’s unexpected and disconcerting. We may struggle against what the answer is, but God’s love for us is patient – He will keep offering His answers and wait for us to listen. He won’t abandon us if we refuse to hear the first time or even the tenth time! You see, God loves us so much that He is willing to give us the answers over and over until we are ready to receive them.

But how do we learn to truly listen and accept God’s answers for our lives? First, we must realize that listening so that we truly hear God’s call is the most important thing in our lives. If we are too busy with the hustle and hurry of our everyday lives, we may not hear because God’s voice is drowned out by the world’s confusion. You must set aside time to listen and hear.

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”

- Psalm 46:10

We need to tune out the noise and distraction of this world and allow God’s voice to reach us within our hearts and souls. It isn’t always easy to do this – we have to take the time to focus on God within this busy, noisy world. But no matter what time of day or night we turn to Him with a listening heart, He will be waiting for you.

These simple steps will help you open up to what God wants to say:

1. Train yourself to hear the Lord by reading your Bible, which is the Word of God. His Word will open your heart and your ears to the sound of His voice and His desire for you.

2. Look for and listen to God’s words in the world around you. As you open your heart, you will be amazed by the many signs of God’s love for you that surround you even in the gravest of circumstances.

3. Give yourself over to God’s will. You may hear the word of God and be afraid of what He has planned for you and you may want to turn away – but ignoring God’s plan when you have heard it is worse than never having heard it at all. The most important part of hearing is truly listening to God! And listening requires a heart and soul that are ready to receive God wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to listen to God? Then talk to Him and open your heart so that it is ready when God speaks to you!

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.

- Proverbs 19:20

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” Christian business and marketing 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 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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