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B Moments, marathon

Your Purpose Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today I am thinking about how my purpose is more of a marathon than a sprint.

When I look at the Scriptures, I think there’s one person who is an excellent example of looking at his assignment from God as more of a marathon. That man would be Zerubbabel. We read about him in the book of Ezra. He was a descendant of King David, and his task was to rebuild Solomon’s Temple.

While he was rebuilding the temple, he faced a lot of opposition both in and out of the rebuilding camp. There was a lot of infighting among the workers on the inside, and there were a lot of difficulties on the outside among the local citizens. There were also construction delays over which he had no control. It was a large, difficult project for numerous reasons, but Zerubbabel was up to the task.

The key lesson I take away from Zerubbabel’s example is that he knew how to define a short term distraction. He did not allow those short term issues to deter him from his long term focus. He kept a clear vision of his end goal. He essentially saw his work for God as a marathon and not a sprint.

Sometimes I can confuse the two so to get back on track, I stand on this scripture, “ Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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So today, realize that God has a marathon and not a sprint for you to run.

B Moments, no title

When Your New Path Has No Title

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

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about being on a new path but with no title.

As we wrap up our series honoring graduates, I am reminded of an event I once attended when I listened to a lady rather awkwardly describe her new path. She explained how she had just lost her corporate job due to a merger, but she wasn’t going to seek another corporate job because she felt that God was leading her on a new path. In the interim, she was doing some temporary work.

I could relate to this woman’s every word, even the awkwardness in her delivery; she was telling my own story. Sometimes when you’re working for God, all you have is the feeling He’s put in your heart. All you have is the assignment. You don’t have a title. King David was in a similar position. Despite being named king, he wasn’t formally crowned king until nearly thirteen years later.

I believe God is doing two things when we start on a new path with no title. First, He’s preparing us. He wants to give us the title, but He also wants to make sure we’re spiritually strong enough to keep it. Second, He’s testing us. He wants to make sure we will be faithful with or without a title. This is why many are called but few are chosen. Many people can’t endure the preparation and testing periods.

David teaches us that he didn’t need a title to fulfill God’s assignment, and neither do we. As you think about your assignment, remember these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, remember that you’ve been chosen by God; that is all you need.

B Moments, past

The Past Has No Power Over You

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how it’s time to release the past for good.

Recently, we talked about the difference between an adventure and a quest. An adventure is about you while a quest is about something greater than yourself; more specifically, a quest leads you to help others, and you are redefined in the process.

When I look to the Scriptures, I realize that the apostle Paul was on a quest. Paul teaches us in Philippians 3 that when we’re on a quest, we have to have the courage to forget some things.

For example, think of Paul’s past. He was a self righteous man. He was also a murderer. Many would have even seen him as a terrorist. Yet as awful as these things were, once Paul repented, he released the past. He saw himself as worthy to take upon the assignment that God had put before him.

Sometimes we struggle to fully embrace being on a quest because we’re still allowing choices from our past to have power over us. Today, it’s time to release all of that. Whatever you’re holding onto, repent again if that will make you feel better, then release it. As you do so, cling to these words: “…I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

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So today, no longer let sins of the past have power over you.

B Moments, finish line

Cross the Finish Line in God’s Strength

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you can’t see the finish line, but God can.

Previously, I talked about how the Israelites came under attack by the Midianites and how God chose Gideon to save them. When the angel of the Lord appeared before Gideon and told him that God had chosen him for the assignment though, he was shocked and doubtful.

Gideon immediately began to question everything. He asked the angel how he could be chosen for a task when his clan was the weakest in the entire tribe, and he himself was the least among his family members. The excuses poured out of Gideon.

This same thing can happen to us. When we can’t see the finish line of a task, we avoid taking on that task altogether. In other words, it seems insurmountable, so to avoid a false start, we just don’t start at all.

We know from Gideon’s story that he ended up facing 100,000 Midianites and conquered them all. Best of all, he did not do it alone. He did it in God’s strength. In fact, Judges 6:16, God told Gideon that he would destroy the Midianites as if he were fighting against one man.

What is on your agenda in this new year that seems insurmountable? Know that you’re not doing it in your strength alone, you’re doing it in God’s strength too. He will get you to your finish line.

As you move toward that finish line, cling to these words: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, keep the faith as you move toward the finish line.

B Moments, transformation

God Will Transform Your Situation

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will remove us from certain situations for real transformation to happen in our lives.

In this series, I’ve been talking about those things we need to be mindful of when we’re birthing something great. We talked about the importance of being on the same page with God and the need to revisit our social circle. However, for real transformation to occur, God will sometimes remove us from a situation entirely.

When Elizabeth, who had been barren for years, learned that she was pregnant, she went into seclusion for five months. When her husband, Zechariah, didn’t believe that Elizabeth would become pregnant, God took him out of communication with all others. Consider even the caterpillar that will leave behind the comforts of its habitat when it ventures into an unknown territory to transform itself.

Sometimes before your great assignment, God will make you His assignment and will pull you out of certain situations and closer to Him. What situations are you in today that you feel God is pulling you out of? Don’t resist His pull; it is the next step to a higher level.

As you get into a quiet place with God, recall these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, don’t resist God’s pull; He’s lifting you to a higher place.

B Moments, revisit

Revisit Your Social Circle in 2018

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to revisit our social circle as we embark upon a new year.

Recently, I’ve been talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re about to birth something great. One of those things may involve revisiting your social circle. When you have a great assignment, it’s important to be in relationship with like minded people.

This was clearly the case when Mary was pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth was carrying John the baptist. One day, Mary visited Elizabeth and they began to talk about the miracles of God. I envision two ladies sitting at the kitchen table having a good old worship session.

The Scripture also says that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for the next three months. Mary understood the importance of revisiting her social circle and deepening her relationship with another like minded person. This even entailed her leaving Joseph temporarily so that she could accomplish the greater calling on her life.

When you are embarking upon a greater assignment, you do what is necessary. Therefore, what great venture or assignment are you embarking on in 2018 that will require you to revisit your social circle and to be in relationship with more like minded people? Who within your social circle will support your endurance?

As you give all of that some thought, recall these words: “Whoever walks with the wise become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

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So today, commit to starting 2018 strong by revisiting your social circle.

B Moment, calling

Get Ready to Receive God’s Higher Calling

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

Scripture reference: John 15:16 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about being ready to receive God’s higher calling.

Recently I was talking about being pregnant with great expectations, and I talked about the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth. In the conversation, Mary was explaining to Elizabeth that Jesus was coming to exalt the lowly. She used her life as an example because she felt that she was a lowly servant girl, but she was chosen to deliver the son of the Most High.

Through her conversation, Mary teaches us about her attitude when she was called for this higher assignment. I take away three key learnings from Mary when reading this exchange.

The first is, she trusted God and was obedient to His call. She didn’t delay in responding. The second takeaway is that she didn’t have many answers, but she responded to God’s assignment with a devoted heart.

Lastly, when God called her to a higher assignment, she had plans of her own, but she was willing to desert her plans and embrace His. That’s what we have to do when God has a higher assignment on our life.

As you’re thinking about what your next move might be, even in the new year, cling to these words: “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:16 (NLT)

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So today, get ready for that higher calling.

B Moments, delivering

Before You Can Ask, God Will Deliver

B Moments, delivering

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the fact that while we are praying, God is delivering.

I had this thought while I was reading about Abraham, who sent his servant on a long journey to find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham took this assignment extremely seriously—so seriously, in fact, that he made the servant take an oath before he left for his journey.

After taking the oath, Abraham’s servant feared that he might not be able to fulfill his assignment. First, he was concerned about how long it would take him to find the ideal wife for Isaac. Then, he began to worry that the wife he found would be unwilling to leave her homeland to marry Isaac.

In short, the stakes were high for the servant, and he was afraid of failing. Therefore, he began to pray fervently for God to help him with the assignment.

Yet the Scriptures reveal that while he was on his knees praying, a beautiful woman, Rebecca, came forward and offered water not only to the servant, but to his camels as well. It was then that he knew that her kindness was God answering his prayers.

Most importantly, the servant was still praying while God was in the process of answering.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded of God’s adeptness at responding to our prayers, so the words that I encourage us to cling to are these: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, know that while you’re praying, God is delivering.

B Moments, moving

Keep Your Special Assignment from God Moving

B Moments, moving

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how Jesus teaches us to keep it moving.

Recently, I talked about those who didn’t believe in Jesus. He wasn’t accepted in his own hometown, nor was He accepted even among his own brothers.

So, while his mother, Mary, knew his real identity and his purpose here on earth, his brothers didn’t believe he was the Messiah until after his Resurrection. In fact, not only did they not believe in him, but they taunted and teased him.

However, Jesus didn’t sit around and hope that they would change their minds. He kept things moving.

When we look to the Scriptures, we see Jesus moved from town to town quite frequently to fulfill his purpose. For example, in Luke 4 Jesus is very clear about why he’s here on earth. He says that he has come to preach the good news to the poor and the afflicted.

In other words, he’s here on assignment from God, and he won’t let his naysayers slow him down or take him off task.

Personally, I can recall those days when someone would say something about me and it would nearly crush me. I would likely avoid giving the person the satisfaction of knowing how much it hurt me, but their words would still preoccupy me.

In those days, I would often call one girlfriend after the other, asking if they could believe what the offender had said. Over the years, I have stopped talking about it as much, but it still preoccupies me sometimes.

Yet, Jesus teaches us to let go of those feelings and to keep it moving. So the next time we get stuck on what someone said about us, let us cling to these words to keep it moving: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

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So today, know you’re on special assignment from God, so keep it moving.

b moments, devoted

Changing My Attitude

b moments, devoted

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

Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)

Today I am thinking about how I can improve my attitude when faced with an assignment that I don’t want.

I think the perfect example of a devoted servant is Mary the mother of Jesus. When the angel Gabriel approached Mary to tell her that she would bear a son and that she would name him Jesus, her response in Luke 1 was simply, “I am the Lord’s servant. I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true.”

Mary epitomizes what it means to trust God and what it means to be a good servant. Her response teaches us three key attributes.

First, Mary was obedient. She released her plans for the future and embraced God’s. Second, no matter how peculiar or ill-timed Mary’s assignment from God may have seemed, she served at God’s disposal. And third, she served with a devoted heart. Mary only had a set of instructions. She had no answers, and yet her attitude was disposed to bring glory to God.

This honestly is where my work can lie. Sometimes I can force myself into doing what I know I should do but not with the best attitude. This is especially true when I don’t have all the answers. But I know that these points are opportunities for my faith and trust to deepen.

The Words I use to encourage myself are, “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)

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So today, take on God’s assignment with a smile.