Divine Moments: Everyday Inspiration from God's Word

Divine Moments: Everyday Inspiration from God's Word

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by Ronald A. Beers, Amy E. Mason
     
 
Divine Moments books are designed to help you experience a daily breakthrough with God. Inside each handy book you'll find life application topics such as acceptance, brokenness, calling, comfort, crisis, decisions, doubt, endurance, giving, healing, hurts, loss, love, miracles, mistakes, planning, purpose, risk, romance, stress, temptation, tragedy, and wisdom

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Divine Moments books are designed to help you experience a daily breakthrough with God. Inside each handy book you'll find life application topics such as acceptance, brokenness, calling, comfort, crisis, decisions, doubt, endurance, giving, healing, hurts, loss, love, miracles, mistakes, planning, purpose, risk, romance, stress, temptation, tragedy, and wisdom. Under each topic you'll find a question that we all ask at one time or another about how we relate to God and how our faith relates to everyday life. When we bring our deepest questions to God, we can find answers. Discover today how God's Word provides answers to our deepest questions about life and answers hundreds of the greatest questions of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414312255
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Divine Moments Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,195,835
Product dimensions:
3.94(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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DIVINE MOMENTS
Everyday Inspiration from God's Word
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008
Ronald A. Beers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1225-5


Chapter One Abilities

My Question for God

Where do my abilities come from, and how should I use them?

A Moment with God

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Matthew 25:29

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48

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Deep within the human spirit lie a longing and a capacity to do wonderful things. Because you are made in the image of God, you inherited from him the desire to create, to accomplish, to make things happen. God wouldn't give you these desires without the ability to carry them out. These abilities are gifts from God to help you accomplish great things for him and live a fulfilling life. How you use or misuse them ultimately determines your quality of life-quality being not comfort or the accumulation of things, but character, joy, and lasting satisfaction. Your goal is to first discover your abilities; second, to develop them; and then channel them toward what is good, helpful, productive, and honoring to God. As you obediently exercise and develop your abilities, God's purpose for their uses becomes clear, and you get a glimpse into what God can do through you now and what you will eventually become when you are able to fully utilize your abilities in eternity.

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Divine Promise

IN HIS GRACE, GOD HAS GIVEN US DIFFERENT GIFTS FOR DOING CERTAIN THINGS WELL. Romans 12:6

Absolutes

My Questions for God

Are there really absolutes in life? And if so, how can I know what they are?

A Moment with God

People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. Proverbs 21:2

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 21:25

If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. James 4:11

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Imagine you've just bought a new cell phone or computer. You can ignore the instructions for using it, and it will still work. But you'll miss many of the great things it was meant to do, and you'll miss much of what you could have enjoyed. Now let's say that instead of ignoring the instructions, you purposely do the opposite of what the manual tells you to do. Now you've got a bigger problem. Your phone or computer will frustrate you every day because nothing will work right.

There's a certain way to get these gadgets to work, and the instruction book tells you what that way is. It's the same with life. The Bible is God's instruction manual for life. God has programmed certain absolutes into the world, and they apply to all people, in all times, and in all places. Ignore God's instructions, and you'll miss much of what God intends for you to enjoy. But go against his instructions, and chances are good that you'll end up hurt, frustrated, and disappointed. That's why it is so important not only to read the Bible and discover God's absolutes but also to live by them. Doing so can make life much smoother, and it will certainly be more fulfilling.

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Divine Promise

ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD AND IS USEFUL TO TEACH US WHAT IS TRUE AND TO MAKE US REALIZE WHAT IS WRONG IN OUR LIVES. IT CORRECTS US WHEN WE ARE WRONG AND TEACHES US TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. 2 Timothy 3:16

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Acceptance

My Question for God

Can God really accept me, even after all I've done?

A Moment with God

God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"-and I am the worst of them all. 1 Timothy 1:15

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10

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God's acceptance is based not on what a person does but on faith in Jesus Christ. Even the most saintly human being is found lacking in comparison with God's holiness. Nothing you do could ever compensate for the sins that have separated you from God, who is perfect. Fortunately, God's forgiveness flows from his love for you, which is why he gave his Son, Jesus, to die before you were even born or had committed your first sin. God's acceptance has been waiting for you your whole life. When you receive his forgiveness, he welcomes you into his presence. What a wonderful moment it is when you realize how fully God accepts you and are freed from the burden of trying to earn God's love.

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Divine Promise

NOTHING ... WILL EVER BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS REVEALED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. Romans 8:39

Addiction

My Question for God

How can God break the power of addiction in my life?

A Moment with God

You say, "I am allowed to do anything"-but not everything is good for you. And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory ... because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

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Who in his or her right mind would volunteer to become a slave, held in bondage forever? Yet that's just what addiction is: self-imposed slavery, selling yourself to a lifetime of bondage to a habit or substance. While you might typically think of addiction as a problem related to drugs or alcohol, other addictions can be just as destructive. You may become addicted to laziness, television, computer games, unhealthy food. The list goes on and on. You can even be addicted to good things such as exercise or even good food. We all have our addictions, whether they are "minor" bad habits or serious dependencies.

Sin is the greatest addiction. Like other substances or habits, it often appears alluring and attractive, offering short-term pleasure. It's easy to justify giving in "just this once" and thinking you have things under control. But soon you realize that what you are giving in to has become a habit you can't stop, and it now controls you. Sin, as with other addictions, often comes from a loss of self-control. Ironically, the only way to recover your self-control is to let God control you. His control is always for your health, benefit, and spiritual growth. God can break the power of addiction when you give him control of your life. That's why it is imperative that you admit your addiction and acknowledge its destructiveness. It is almost impossible to overcome addiction by yourself. You need the consistent support of other people who love you, tell you the truth, and hold you accountable. But you must also hold yourself accountable to God's way of living as written in the Bible. As you stay close to God, he will change your heart and your desires. As you surrender to the Holy Spirit, God will replace addictive drives with life-affirming desires.

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Divine Promise YOU ARE NOT CONTROLLED BY YOUR SINFUL NATURE. YOU ARE CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT IF YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVING IN YOU. Romans 8:9

Adoption

My Question for God

How is adoption a picture of my relationship with God?

A Moment with God

To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. Ephesians 1:4-6

warns that trouble will come. Your troubles don't mean that God has turned his back on you or shut his ears to your prayers. God has both a listening ear and a caring heart, and his Word assures you that nothing can ever separate you from his love. Adversity will come, but it brings with it opportunities to strengthen your faith in God. If there were no troubles, you'd have no need for faith. You may often feel that your need is impossible to meet, that you're too weak to go on, or that it's too late for solutions. Yet these are the times when God's power can be most evident in your life. Wait for the moment of God's rescue, and you will experience his presence in new and life-changing ways.

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Divine Promise CALL ON ME WHEN YOU ARE IN TROUBLE, AND I WILL RESCUE YOU, AND YOU WILL GIVE ME GLORY. Psalm 50:15

Advice

My Questions for God

I'm an intelligent person. Do I really need advice from others? Why?

A Moment with God

The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 13:14

Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. Proverbs 18:4

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. Proverbs 12:15

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Good advice is not merely helpful; it also brings relief and comfort when it comes to you at just the right moment. God can use a conversation with a friend or even the advice of a trained counselor to bring about a turning point in your life. He often allows the words of others to reach us at the moment we are most ready to receive them. No one is wise enough to anticipate all the possibilities of a situation or to grasp all the issues related to a problem. Refusing to listen to others is a sign that you're not ready for change or spiritual growth. The right counsel can make the difference between success and failure, joy and sorrow, prosperity and poverty, victory and defeat. When you let go of your pride, you open yourself to receiving godly advice. At the critical moment, when you're most ready to hear it, God's wisdom will penetrate your heart.

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Divine Promise

TRUE WISDOM AND POWER ARE FOUND IN GOD; COUNSEL AND UNDERSTANDING ARE HIS. Job 12:13

Affirmation

My Question for God

How do I know that God truly values my life? How does he affirm me?

A Moment with God

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." Jeremiah 31:3

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17

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You can find affirmation in knowing that God chose to create you in his image and longs to have a relationship with you. God draws you to himself, even to the point of sacrificing his own Son to die for you so that you could be made perfect. Your life is the story of how God pursues you, rescues you from your sin, and restores you so that you can become the person you were created to be. Read God's words to you throughout the Bible, and think about all he has done to show you how much you matter to him. As you realize how fully God affirms your value, his love breaks through the messages the world sends about what you ought to be and instead encourages you to be what God wants you to be.

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Divine Promise

WE KNOW WHAT REAL LOVE IS BECAUSE JESUS GAVE UP HIS LIFE FOR US. 1 John 3:16

Agreement

My Question for God

How can I find agreement with others without compromising my convictions?

A Moment with God

Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food.... He asked ... permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.... "Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water," Daniel said.... The attendant agreed to Daniel's suggestion.... At the end of the ten days, Daniel ... looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. Daniel 1:8, 12-15

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When you are trying to reach an agreement with someone else, there is a time to compromise and a time to hold firm. When the forces of evil want their way, you cannot budge. To compromise God's truth, God's ways, or God's Word is to negotiate with what is unholy. The test of acceptable compromise is simple: Can two parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement without either party sacrificing his or her morals? To give up godliness for anything is a bad bargain. Work for harmony and agreement wherever possible, and where that is not possible, pray that God would break through the stalemate to make his will clear.

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