Sunday, January 9, 2011

Roberts Quotes for the Week (#30) by Robert Ricciardelli

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Declaring by How We Live and Love by Robert Ricciardelli

Jesus did not come to start a religion but to introduce us to a loving God. We commit our lives to God through faith, and remain in Him as He empowers us to do good. In the movement of God, His people emerge and converge to establish a Kingdom on earth with the power of heaven. Our future is bright but our mission expands and is declared daily by how we live and how we love.

There is religion and there is God. Though religion can point us to God, God cannot be contained by religion as His Kingdom ever expands upon the earth as it is in heaven.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cherish Every Eternal Moment by Robert Ricciardelli

If there were to be resurrection, everything we live on earth would come to nothing. Because of God's unconditional love from eternity to eternity, He made a way for us to live for eternity now and forever, beyond this earthly dimension. This wonderful revelation of knowing that nothing we live in our bodies is lived in vain, compels us to live every moment as a seed of eternity. Cherish each and every moment.

God empowers us to do good, and all the good remains with us for all eternity.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fully Live and Die Empty by Robert Ricciardelli

Sowing today becomes seeds for tomorrow. What we sow in body must die before it is given new life; and what we sow today in our earthly bodies is a bare grain of wheat compared to God's eternal glory. We will be unique much like we are today because God, who loves each of us individually, will give us bodies that shine His glory through our uniqueness in Him. We live full, die empty, and live forever in His fullness.

I am working on living life to the fullest in God, while knowing that as I die empty in living a meaning filled existence, many others will come to the knowledge and fullness of God. Many have died and left many words unspoken, and talents not used. I want to die empty of anything yet to be fulfilled.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our Eternal Significance by Robert Ricciardelli

Regardless of our journey's past or present, we are not to be pitied. Followers of Christ can look far beyond the limits of our short life in this dimension of life on earth. Nothing we are living now, or have lived in the past will go to waste in the fullness of eternity, as God makes it work out good for us. Our significance is derived from the reality of eternity now and forever through our life in the Spirit.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Experience God in the Waiting by Robert Ricciardelli

We must be remain soberly patient for the Lord's divine providence to arrive. We can chase experiences that clutter our lives, or be stuffed with news media hoopla to the point of losing our spiritual sensitivity, discernment and disciplines. We can become stagnate and be tempted to indulge in whatever gives us momentary pleasure. We are to remain present with Him in our hearts, and experience Him in the waiting.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Expectation Is Often Not Easy by Robert Ricciardelli

Waiting in expectation does not always get easier with age. With youthful hopes and dreams seemingly unfulfilled, we can become cynical or self-satisfied. As we mature in God we should be able to wait with even greater patience and ever-increasing expectation. It is knowing God's immeasurable favor through Christ, and seeing the Kingdom, the power, and the glory of God continuing to expand in us and all around us.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Waiting With Joyful Expectation by Robert Ricciardelli

When we wait on God we wait with joyful expectation. Without expectation we can become hopeless in our present moment. When we wait expectantly, we open ourselves up to joy and strength. We remain awake and alert for the Lord's leading presence. We throw off the darkness and equip ourselves for His oncoming light. The expectation of God's promises allows us to be present and ready at all times, and for any occasion.
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