Equipped for the Valley

March 27, 2012 by  
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Reading for the Day

Psalms 84:6
“Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings.”

We all have low seasons in our lives. Those times, when nothing seems to be happening or worse, when bad things come our way. How do you get equipped for those valleys in your life? By building up your trust and relationships with God in the high seasons.

Most people tend to turn to God, when things do not look so good in their lives. However, the key is to learn to turn to God, when everything is just perfect in your life. Those high times may draw us away from God, as we do not seem to need Him so badly, as in the low times.

If you can keep your faith up in God during good seasons of your life, you can get yourself fully equipped for the valley. This way, you will not only come through it, but you will turn your valley of weeping into the valley of blessing and joy. You would have not just enough strength to hold on, but to get up and change things for better.

However, it all starts in your private prayer room during the good times of your life. Do not close that room and forsake it, waiting for low season to come. Work on your relationships with God, build them up and stay strong and dependent on Him.

Prayer suggestion: Ask the Lord to speak to your heart in all times: good and bad. Ask Him to teach you to trust your life to Him, when things go well for you. Then, you won’t have to go through a crash course in trust, once you hit the valley.

Robert Moment is a spiritual life coach, personal growth strategist, speaker and author of several life-transforming books including Faith – Living Your Life Fully and Freely Without Fear and Christian Women- Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose, happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day online e-course titled, Christian Living.

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How To Pray- 7 Steps to Answered Prayers

March 8, 2012 by  
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What is your greatest need? Learn the Powerful 7 Steps to Answered Prayers that will transform your prayer life forever.

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Christian Faith for Every Problem You are Facing in Life

March 8, 2012 by  
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Christian Faith will teach you how faith in God works to help you overcome your problems and get through the storms of life, storm in your finances, your marriage, your health, your employment, your relationships, your housing, and other storms. Trust in God to see you through the storms of life by choosing faith over fear.

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Christian Women – Be Inspired and Be Blessed

January 7, 2012 by  
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Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success.

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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.

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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 .

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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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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 .

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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 .

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