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B Moments, flesh

Choose Your Spirit Over Your Flesh

B Moments, flesh

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the constant pull between our flesh and spirit.

In this series, I’m thinking about those things that can draw us into a deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over our flesh. This is exactly the decision David was faced with when his men brought him a drink offering.

One day, David expressed to three of his mightiest warriors that he was longing for a drink from the well in Bethlehem. So, the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from that very well in Bethlehem.

Yet when David learned that his own men risked their lives to get the water for him, he poured the water out on the ground. For those observing this, it must have been confusing as the warriors had just risked their lives to get the special water, and David merely threw it on the ground.

However, David saw things differently. He understood that the liquid that his men brought back was far more precious than mere water to quench his thirst. Therefore, he decided to forego his flesh to offer the precious water as an offering to God.

During the Lent season, we are constantly faced with choosing between our flesh and spirit, but when we make the right choice, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. What are you choosing to offer up to God today to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, allow these words to encourage you: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, choose your spirit over your flesh.

B Moments, growing

Move on from What You’ve Outgrown

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)

Today, I have a question: Are you somewhere you’ve stopped growing?

In this series, we’re talking about being in deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over the desires of our flesh.

Another way to do this is by remaining in an environment where you are stretching yourself and continually growing. I had this thought as I recalled the remarks I heard from Steve Pemberton, the author of A Chance in the World.

If you haven’t heard Steve’s story, it is an amazing story of triumph. He had an incredibly difficult childhood. His mother was an alcoholic, and he was raised in an abusive foster home.

After hearing this heartbreaking tale, someone in the audience asked Steve if there was anything about his life that he would change. Given his difficult childhood, it would be understandable if he wanted to change that.

However, he instead talked about his adult years and said that his only regret in life was staying too long in a place where he had stopped learning and stopped growing.

I thought his statement was extremely profound because we can sometimes become nestled into a place that we’ve already mastered, which means we’re no longer being challenged.

However, when we’re in a place where we’re learning and being challenged, we’re inclined to lean on God for strength and direction, allowing us to go deeper in communion with Him.

Let us cling to these words for strength: “Forgetting what lies behind…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)

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So today, move on from a place you’ve outgrown.

B Moments, intentions

God Knows Your True Intentions

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

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Today, I am sending a gentle reminder your way: Jesus knows your heart.

This is an idea that is particularly important to me during the Lent season because this is a time when we are making sacrifices in an effort to be in deeper communion with God. Sometimes, I need to simply come up for air and know that even when I fall short, God knows what my intentions are. He knows that my heart is true behind my actions.

When I need to be inspired about how well Jesus knows our hearts, I go to the parable of the widow. We know that Jesus spent some time sitting in the temple, watching offering after offering get placed in a collection plate. While he sat there, many rich people came in and threw down large sums of money.

Then, a poor widow put in two small copper coins that were worth only a few cents, and Jesus immediately knew the heart of the widow. He knew the pure intentions of her heart as she dropped just two coins in the plate. Immediately, he turned to his disciples and made them aware of what she had just done.

If you’re on a journey to be in deeper communion with God this Lent season, be warmly reminded that God sees your actions and knows your heart. As you think about that, let us cling to these words: “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, go in confidence that He knows your heart.

B Moments, ego

Favor Your Spirit Rather Than Your Ego

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of responding to situations through our spirit versus our ego.

In this series, we’ve been talking about those things that draw us into a deeper communion with God. The first way we discussed was by choosing our spirit over the desires of our flesh.

The second thing we talked about was moving on from those environments where we are no longer learning and being challenged. Challenging ourselves ensures we lean on God for strength and direction.

Finally, as we wrap this series up, another way to go deeper is to respond in spirit and not in ego. Christ was the perfect example of how to do this.

Recall that after Jesus fed the 5,000, there were some who showed up the very next day to be fed by Christ again. When Jesus came in contact with them, he told them that they were only there because of what he could do for them, not because of who he was.

However, they began to chant at him, demanding that he become their king. They chanted this at Jesus with clenched fists, passionate down to the last person.

Yet Jesus responded that their chanting was not the way to appeal to him. They were attempting to persuade him using force, and he wouldn’t be swayed by that. He even dismissed their idea of him becoming their king.

Jesus teaches us that when things in the natural realm are playing into our ego, we must reach for those things in the spiritual realm. When we do this, we are able to be in deeper communion with God.

The words that I use to guide myself are: “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

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So today, respond in spirit rather than in ego.

B Moments, renew

Renew Your Spirit to Love and Be Loved

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

Scripture reference: James 4:8 (ESV)

Today, both love and spiritual renewal are in the air as it is both Valentine’s day and the first day of the Lent season. It is the perfect day to love and be loved as well as to acknowledge your own spiritual growth.

Since it is the first day of Lent, I can easily recall the times I started a fast and was not able to keep up with it. I also distinctly remember the times that I gave up something in particular, like red wine or sweets, and then was invited to a social outing where I ended up going back on my word.

I also recollect the times when I fasted with a group of ladies to further my intimacy with the group, rather than to deepen my relationship with God.

Yet today, those days are behind me. I’ve learned to give up those things that create a distance between myself and God. For instance, rather than just giving up sweets and coffee, I work to give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

When I give up the things that distance me from God, I can feel myself going into a deeper communion with Him. This renews my spirit. When I’m feeling renewed, it also means I’m in a better place to love and to be loved.

Therefore, remember to do two things. One: acknowledge yourself for how far you have come on your journey. Two: identify a behavior that you need to let go. This, in turn, will allow you to go deeper with God.

While you do that, recall these few words: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 (ESV)

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So today, renew your spirit to love and be loved.