B Moments, spirit and truth

Wherever You Are, Worship in Spirit and Truth

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I am reminding us about the importance of worshiping in truth and in spirit.

We are approaching summer, and I must say that I am so grateful that June is finally here. This is the time of year for travel and fun times with family and friends.

With that thought in mind, however, it is also those summer months where we can be most thrown off our routine. This reminds me of the importance of always remembering to worship in spirit and in truth, whether you’re in the comforts of your own home, or you’re off somewhere on vacation.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship, while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors had worshiped.

Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

Jesus was teaching us that all of that other stuff that sometimes we may place more emphasis on is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit.

This summer, if your schedule is all over the place, just remember these words when you do worship: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, worship in spirit and truth.

B Moments, spirit

In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

B Moments, bless the Lord

Always Take Time to Bless the Lord

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:1 (ESV)

Today, I want to encourage us to bless the Lord at all times, despite how difficult a situation might seem.

We may occasionally feel as though we’re going through a season of unluckiness, but in hindsight, we begin to understand that God was really working on our behalf all along. This was undoubtedly the case with Hannah’s story.

Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, bore children for him, but Hannah was barren and could not. This caused Peninnah to tease her often about not being able to bear a child.

One day at the tabernacle, Hannah was crying profusely to the Lord, asking Him to answer her prayer for a child. In fact, the Scriptures say she poured her heart out to the Lord.

When I read that verse, I reflected on my own story. There have been times I have sobbed before the Lord and felt forsaken because, like Hannah, I had been praying for something for a long time, and it hadn’t happened yet.

Yet in hindsight, we see that while Hannah was praying to God, He was setting things in motion for Hannah to not only have one child, but seven children. He even went on to take care of Peninnah, the wife who had taunted her.

Therefore, let’s take our unanswered prayer and visualize ourselves putting that prayer into the hands of God—this time, with the foresight to know that while we’re putting it in the palm of His hand, He is working things out.

As we do that, let us release any feelings of despair and forsakenness and cling to these words: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1 (ESV)

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So today, bless Him at all times.

B Moments, real worship

Make Time for Real Worship Today

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about my worship.

I just wrapped up the series on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us—as the shepherd, the light, and the resurrection. This prompted me to think about how I was revealing myself to Christ through my worship.

I had this thought as I was reading about Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ two sisters, and the ways in which their worship of Jesus differed. As we know, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Shortly thereafter, Mary and Martha threw a huge celebration dinner for Jesus.

During the party, Martha spent her time running around, trying to make sure everything was perfect for Jesus. Meanwhile, Mary was found at Jesus’ feet, listening to every word that came out of his mouth.

Eventually, Martha complained to Jesus and asked him whether or not it seemed fair that Mary spent her time sitting there while Martha had to do all the work. Jesus responded that Martha worried over the details, but that there was only one thing worth being concerned about, something that Mary had already discovered.

Mary provides a great example of real worship, and how to show Jesus that nothing but him matters. Martha was preoccupied with achieving perfection, but Mary was preoccupied with perfection himself.

The next time you’re kneeling in prayer, see yourself at the feet of Jesus and remember these words: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

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So today, let’s make time for real worship.

Worship God in Truth and in Spirit

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for us. I’m asking if we are worshiping in spirit and in truth.

I had this thought because I am still reading and reflecting on the Scripture about when Jesus had an exchange with a Samaritan woman at a well.

Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet and that made her inclined to ask him about many things. One of the questions that she asked was why Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while Samaritans claimed the correct place was at Mt Gerizim where their ancestors worshiped.

Jesus replied that the truth was that the time was coming when it would no longer matter whether one worshiped the Father here or there because true believers worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my practices because there are so many various notions that we come up with as to who’s actually worshiping genuinely and who’s not. Sometimes we size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I have been to a number of churches where something as simple as a person’s dress makes others believe they know about the quality of that person’s worship.

However, in this passage, Jesus says that that’s immaterial to him. He’s more interested that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So the next time we are entering into a place of worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in spirit and in truth.

B Moments

I’ve Learned – Don’t Touch My Prayer Time

B Moments

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Today, I am thinking about the importance of my daily prayer time. Lately, I have had this wave of work coming before me.  It feels like I’m being hit from all angles.  I am typically an early riser, but this wave of new work is causing me to have very late nights which makes it very difficult to rise early.  When this happens, I’m taken off of my daily routine. 

I’ve noticed over the past week that I’ve been missing my worship time.  This is the time in the morning that I dedicate to my prayers and studying the Scriptures.  However, instead of rising early I’ve been sleeping in as long as I can due to my late nights.  This has been impacting my spirit in several ways. I’m less tolerant.  I’m more impatient, and experiencing anxiety more.  As the Scriptures say – “…the peace that guards my heart,” I’m just not feeling that.

I once heard a pastor say, “There are three A’s associated with the power of prayer.  The first A is prayer gives you the Authority over the voices of this world.  Second, it gives you an Assurance of your plan and purpose. Third, it gives you an Anointing required to make a difference.”

I have been missing my prayer time, and I’m noticing a difference in these areas. The Words that teach me are simply, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Tomorrow, let’s talk about serving a sovereign God. Please share this reflection with others and support each other towards a fuller, more peaceful life.

And today, if you cut something out of your daily routine, don’t touch your prayer time.

Stretching towards the Light, Springtime

I Feel a Need to Be Renewed

Stretching towards the Light

Our moment to Be still…to Be fed by the Word of God…to Be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:30

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This is our B moment, our moment to be still, to be fed by the Word of God, to be grateful.

This morning I am feeling the Power of God’s Springtime. Some time ago I started what I call are my God Walks. It’s a form of exercise that allows me to be in communion with God, which means I’m walking without music blaring in my ears. I was recently walking, and this beautiful patch of flowers caught my eye because of the way they were positioned at an angle.  To me, it looked like they were doing a graceful yoga stretch towards the light.  In a flash, it felt like these flowers were teaching me. It caused me to reflect that if these flowers are stretching towards their light, how much am I stretching towards my light, or rather the source of my Light. And I think, honestly, I’ve mastered how to stretch my hand to God when I am in need. I’m also really good at stretching my hand back in praise and thanksgiving. Where I can grow is stretching in my worship, which is dwelling in His presence for no reason at all. I can also be more of service to others, not out of duty, but out of love.

I think Springtime reminds me of one of the ways that God loves us and when we stretch ourselves back, that is our expression of our love back to Him.

The words on my heart are, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you.” Matthew 6:30

Tomorrow, let’s talk about victories. Visit bmoments.org and share this reflection because others desire to be inspired. So today, let’s stretch ourselves towards His light and let your renewed spirit be infectious.

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