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B Moments, worthy

God Knows You are Clean and Worthy

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 God sees us as worthy.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been tracing Jesus’ steps before his crucifixion, and I was warmly reminded of when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Initially, when he moved to wash their feet, Peter in particular was confused.

He said, “Lord you will never wash my feet.” Yet, Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Peter quickly responded, “Well then, Lord, wash my hands and my head as well!”

Recently I was talking about the importance of remaining hopeful. Here’s how that ties into this exchange between Peter and Christ.

Shortly after Jesus washed Peter’s feet and Jesus proclaimed that he was clean, Peter denied him three times. In other words, Jesus knew that Peter would betray him, yet he still claimed Peter as clean.

There are times we fall short, or we don’t do something in the moment that we know would be pleasing to Christ, or we sin outright. The great news though, is that we’re still worthy. It may take our natural mind a moment to reconcile that thought with our spiritual mind, but it is still true.

What situation are you holding onto today where you are questioning your worthiness? I would encourage you to release that into the hands of God and remember these words: “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

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So today, be free in knowing that you are worthy.

B Moments, flesh

Your Spirit Is Willing and Your Flesh Is Strong

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about those times when our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was prepared for Calvary. Recently, I had a woman share with me that no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t change a certain behavior. She prayed about it, she talked about it with her friends, but she just became weak every time the situation presented itself.

This woman’s struggle reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew this would be the night they would come for him and arrest him. The Scriptures say he was filled with anguish and felt deep distress.

Therefore, he asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray. He prayed to God, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

Jesus then turned to his disciples, only to find them asleep when he had specifically asked them to keep watch. To this, he said, “For though the spirit is willing, the body is weak.”

What’s interesting in this passage is that Jesus shows us how to overcome weakness. In his prayer, he asked that the suffering be taken away, showing his weakness as he knew his suffering was necessary. However, he overcomes that weakness by desiring God’s will over his own.

If your spirit is willing but your flesh remains weak, cling to these words for hope and inspiration: “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

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So today, your spirit is willing and so is your flesh.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, pure

Keep Your Faith Pure

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes our faith can be laced with a little doubt.

In Mark chapter 9, we hear the story about the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing. Instead of healing the boy outright, Jesus turned to his disciples and instructed them to heal the child.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus healing the sick and casting out demons many times before. However, when the disciples tried to heal the young boy, they failed.

In turn, Jesus scolded them. He said that they were faithless people and asked how long he must be with them before they believed.

The response of the child’s father is what resonated so deeply with me. He told Jesus that he did believe, but then asked him for help not to doubt.

These are the words that I struggle with because often, I will have a plan A in mind when I go to God. Then, in my prayers, I will ask God to allow plan A to happen, if it is His will.

But then immediately, I start settling for plans B and C because I doubt that plan A will actually materialize. With each new open door or opportunity, there’s a new opportunity to doubt; that’s what we must avoid.

The words that I will use to encourage me are: “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 (ESV)

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So today, let your faith be pure.

B Moments, service

God Values Your Service to Others

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

Scripture reference: John 3:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of being of service to others.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and I have recently noticed how much I have evolved when it comes to this season. As a child, it was a time to receive, and as an adult, the emphasis has been more on giving. As a woman who chooses to act in a way that is pleasing to God, I am focusing more and more on being of service to others.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see this as a pattern with Christ. What comes to mind often is the moment he washed the feet of his disciples. Then, there is no greater act of service or sacrifice than Him being crucified for us so that we might have eternal life.

In fact, I even notice the same pattern of serving others after the resurrection. During that time, Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee and greeted his disciples on the shoreline. As they returned to the shore, he met them with fish frying, and he invited them to breakfast. Jesus literally served breakfast for the disciples on the beach.

If Jesus can serve to that extent, we know how much he values serving others, and we know how he expects us to be of service to our fellow brothers. So, let us be of service to someone who really needs it, and as we do so, let us cling to these words: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

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So today, go be of service to someone.

B Moments, doubt

Keep Your Faith Free of Doubt

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes our faith can be laced with a little doubt.

In Mark chapter 9, we hear the story about the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing. Instead of healing the boy outright, Jesus turned to his disciples and instructed them to heal the child.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus healing the sick and casting out demons many times before. However, when the disciples tried to heal the young boy, they failed.

Jesus scolded them. He said that they were faithless people and asked how long he must be with them before they believed.

The response of the child’s father is what resonated so deeply with me. He told Jesus that he did believe, but then asked him for help not to doubt.

These are the words that I struggle with because often, I will have a plan A in mind when I go to God. Then, in my prayers, I will ask God to allow plan A to happen, if it is His will.

But then immediately, I start settling for plans B and C because I doubt that plan A will actually materialize. With each new open door or opportunity, there’s a new opportunity to doubt; that’s what we must do away with.

The words that I will use to inspire me are: “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, let your faith be pure.

B Moments, blind

Jesus Is the Light of the World

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

Scripture reference: John 9:5 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how Jesus is the light.

This week, I’ve been focusing on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. I shared that I read in the gospel of John about how he shows us he’s the king and the resurrection. I also talked about him being the shepherd. But today, I’m focusing on him being the light of the world.

Jesus told his disciples that he was the light just before he healed a blind man.

In the Scriptures, a blind man approached Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples questioned why the man was blind. They wondered if he was blind because he was being punished for his sins or the sins of his parents.

However, Jesus instructed them that the man was not blind due to sin. He was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

Just before Jesus reached down to mix mud and his saliva to form a paste to heal the man’s eyes, he reminded them that he was the light of the world. In other words, the man was blind for God’s purpose since God was using his blindness to shed light.

That story got me thinking about my own life, and I had to ask myself what situation I was grappling with where I needed to remind myself that God uses our dark times to shine His light. When that happens, we are able to give God the glory for our story.

The very few words I want us to cling to today are: “I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (ESV)

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So today, remember who the light is.

B Moment, inner circle

The Importance of a Worthy Inner Circle

B Moment, inner circle

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Today, I noticed that Jesus had an inner circle, even among His disciples. I was reading in Mark, Chapter 9, when I realized that Jesus went to the mountaintop accompanied only by His innermost circle–namely Peter, James, and John. In fact, the Scriptures specifically say that there was no one else there.

During their time on the mountaintop, Jesus’ appearance changed, His clothing became a dazzling white, and the prophets Elijah and Moses appeared. However, as Jesus and His disciples descended from the mountainside, He asked them not to say anything about what they had seen.

In Mark 9:10, it says they kept it to themselves.

This is a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle within the twelve disciples. He knew who He could share the most intimate part of His journey with and who He had to shut out.

Another example of this selectivity is seen in the lack of a reference in the Scriptures to a time when Jesus took Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray Him, anywhere private or intimate.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle even when my gut told me it was a bad idea just because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us be reminded of these words, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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So today, think about if there is anyone in your inner circle who does not deserve to be there.

B Moments, shadows

The Shadows Don’t Diminish Your Power

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 20:28 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how we are powerful, even when we are in the shadows.

Recently, I talked about how Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner circle within those twelve. Interestingly, while we can quickly recall the names of his inner circle—Peter, James, and John—and perhaps even a few others, we may be challenged to list the names of all twelve disciples.

For example, when I read the Bible, I see that Andrew is hardly mentioned at all, yet he is one of Christ’s disciples. From reading the Scriptures, I learned that Andrew was the brother of Peter, and, given Peter’s notoriety, one might believe that Andrew lived in the shadow of his brother.

However, I realized that Andrew was actually the one to introduce Peter to Christ. His role was, in fact, bringing others to Jesus.

In other words, he wasn’t in Christ’s inner circle, but he helped to fill it.

In your life, perhaps you find yourself behaving a little differently depending on the setting you’re in. Maybe you are a little more outgoing in your social circle, but tend to be more reserved and in the shadows at the office.

Andrew’s story teaches us that it doesn’t matter. God can still use you in His work and for His goodness. Andrew shows us that our name doesn’t have to be out front in bright lights for our worth to shine.

Therefore, the next time we need to be reminded of how God uses those in the shadows to serve, let us cling to these words: “For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NLT)

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So today, whether you’re in the shadows or not, know that God is using you for His work and goodness.

B Moment, soil

Planting the Seeds of Your Faith

B Moment, soil

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

Scripture reference: John 15:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about where I am on my walk with the Lord.

I was pondering this as I was reading one of the parables that Jesus told the disciples in the Book of Mark. Jesus spoke of a farmer whose seeds fell on various pathways. As I read, I tried to figure out which type of pathway applied to me.

Jesus started by saying that there were some seeds that fell on a hard path. In the parable, that signified the people who would hear the Word of God, but then allow Satan into their hearts. Of course, I didn’t see myself–or any of you–as that path.

Then, Jesus said that some seeds fell on rocky soil, meaning the people that hear the Word of God and receive it, but then fail to stay by the Lord in difficult times. In other words, people who would wilt under pressure because their roots don’t go very deep. This is where I used to be.

Next, there is the thorny soil. This is where I believe myself to be. The thorny soil represents those who hear the Word, but too often allow it to be crowded out by other interests like personal ambitions and the desire for nice things.

Finally, there is the good soil which produces an abundance of crops. The good soil symbolizes not only receiving the Word, but living it such that we bring others into His fold.

The words that I use to guide me to the right path are, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be His disciples.” John 15:8 (ESV)

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So today, think about which soil you are. What do you need to change to get where you want to be on your walk with the Lord?