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B Moments, deeper

You Must Go Deeper to Go Higher

B Moments, deeper

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we must first go deeper to go higher.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how God chooses us for greater assignments and, ultimately, for greater blessings. I also spent quite a bit of time talking about Gideon’s life as an example of someone who saw themselves as unworthy and unqualified to receive God’s call.

Although there have been times that I’ve felt unworthy as well, what I’ve found puts me in the right frame of mind to receive greater is to be in deeper communion with God. In other words, if I want to go higher, I must first go deeper with Him.

When I studied the Scriptures, I noticed that Jesus always went deeper to go higher, especially in the Gospels. In the Gospels, Jesus spent a lot of time teaching and healing, yet if we look closely, there’s a pattern.

Jesus typically taught, healed, and then withdrew to the wilderness to be in deeper communion with God. This is a pattern that he repeated over and over again. He taught, he healed, then he withdrew to some remote area to be with God.

What we can draw from this is that the effectiveness of his work was directly linked to his communion with God. It is truly the foundation of all other actions.

Let us cling to these words as we inspire ourselves for greater: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

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So today, go deeper with God and go higher in your endeavors.

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, 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.