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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.

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Take the Next Right Action

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

Scripture reference: James 1:22 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should take the next right action.

Recently, we were talking about how one event doesn’t stop God’s will from prevailing. Yet sometimes, one disheartening event will occur, or the outlook of something will be bleak, and we will become overwhelmed by it all. This may cause us to not take any action when the key is to keep things moving.

This reminds me of Ezra’s journey. Ezra was collecting treasures for the temple of God, and he had arranged a caravan of several Levites and priests to help him safely deliver these priceless treasures. Even though Ezra had a sizable caravan, the king was still concerned about them being attacked by enemies since the journey was four months long.

Let’s think about what Ezra was dealing with. First, there was the challenge of a four month long journey. Then, he had to worry about keeping the treasures safe. On top of that, he had to keep the families in the caravan safe.

Likely feeling overwhelmed by these responsibilities, Ezra had a choice. He could either turn back, or keep things moving and do the next right thing. For Ezra, this was praying and fasting, and he got everyone in the caravan to do the same.

Rather than becoming paralyzed by his circumstances, Ezra trusted in God and took the next right action, ultimately making it to his destination in precisely four months. Let’s let Ezra’s journey and these words inspire us: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (NKJV)

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So today, put your hand in God’s and take the next right action.

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God Rejoices When You Take Action

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

Scripture reference: James 1:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our words can be put to the test through action.

As I was reading in the book of Ezra about Ezra’s journey, I was so struck by how clear it was that this was an integral part of his testimony. Ezra was collecting treasures for the temple of God, and he arranged a caravan of several hundred Levites and priests to help him safely deliver these priceless treasures.

Even though Ezra had a sizable caravan, the king was still concerned about being attacked by enemies because the journey was to be four months long. Most significantly, he was worried that the treasures for the temple would ultimately be stolen.

The king was pagan, but Ezra had already testified that our God protects all those who worship Him. However,  the king and some of those in the caravan were still concerned, particularly those who were traveling with their families and children.

It was then that Ezra’s words about what God does for those who worship Him were put to the test. Ezra faced a choice. He could either panic, turn to the king, and ask for more horsemen and soldiers to travel with them for protection, or he could turn to God and ask Him to continue protecting them.

In the end, Ezra turned to God. He ordered the entire caravan to pray and fast, and they made it to their destination four months later.

The words that I use to inspire me are: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (ESV)

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So today, let your actions back up your talk.

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Are You Steadfast in Your Heavenly Devotion?

B Moments, steadfastThere are times in all of our lives when we find it hard to remain dedicated servants of the Lord. For example, our trust and belief may waver as we encounter troublesome situations and difficult people. During these times, remember that this is normal, as we all experience these moments of uncertainty. However, it is imperative that we power through these moments, persisting in our devotion to our Father and remaining committed to our heavenly purpose.

Here are 3 ways to remain steadfast in your faith:

  1. Act on your faith. It is quite easy to become complacent in your worship of the Lord. For example, you may talk the talk, but you may slowly forget to walk the walk. Rather than acting on the most significant tenants of your belief, you may become content to simply speak of them, trusting that is enough. However, as Ezra teaches us in the book of Ezra, many times it is necessary to put your faith to the test to demonstrate your steadfast devotion to the Lord. In Ezra’s case, he had the option to request help from soldiers and horsemen to keep him and those in his caravan safe; however, he put his trust in God and simply prayed for heaven’s protection. Because of his steadfast faith, he and his followers reached their destination unharmed. Next time you are fearful about putting your devotion to the test, recall this passage: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (ESV)
  2. Hang in there. Some days, it may seem that everything around you is telling you to give up on God’s promises. You might feel ridiculous waiting for something that seems incredibly unlikely to ever appear, and you may begin to grow weary of awaiting a sign that may never come. However, Noah certainly felt the same way when he was constructing the ark. He had to face endless sunny days while a flood seemed out of the question as well as those around him who believed him to be silly for his steadfast faith. Yet he powered through his doubt and remained devoted to his heavenly task. Because of this unshakable trust in God, he became one of His most faithful servants, and he was prepared when the flood finally arrived. So, keep Noah on your mind the next time your faith seems to be flickering, along with these words: “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)
  3. Don’t let them break you. While you walk the path that God has laid out for you, you will encounter many obstacles, be them situations, decisions, or even people. However, it is imperative that you do not let these hurdles slow you down or distract you from your heavenly purpose. Instead, stay true to your faith and to the Lord, your Father, and you will be rewarded. Take, for example, Nehemiah. When he was tasked with the responsibility of restoring two miles of Jerusalem’s crumbling walls, he let nothing impede his ability to complete his mission. Even when three envious men came to distract him, frustrate him, and intimidate him, he stayed steadfast in his faith, focused on his purpose, and followed the path that God led him down. When you need to remind yourself to be unwavering in your heavenly journey, remember these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by staying steadfast in your faith.

“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

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Do Your Actions Back Up Your Words?

b moments, action

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

Scripture reference: James 1:22 (NLT)

Today I am thinking about how our words can be put to the test through action. I was reading in the Book of Ezra recently and was struck by how clear this is in Ezra’s testimony.

Ezra was collecting treasures for the Temple of God. He arranged a caravan of several hundred Levites and priests to help him safely deliver these treasures.  However, even though he had a pretty sizable caravan, he was still concerned about being attacked by enemies since their journey was a 4-month long journey.

The king at the time was considered a pagan, and Ezra had already testified before this king that, “Our God protects all those who worship him.” But now with this risky 4-month long journey that included all of these people’s families and children, Ezra’s words about what God did for those who worshiped Him were being tested.

Ezra was faced with a choice. He could either panic and turn to the king and say something to the effect – “I may need some of your horsemen and soldiers to travel with us just in case God doesn’t protect us.”

Or, Ezra could turn to God and seek protection solely from Him, and allow his words to be backed up by his actions.

Ezra did just that. He turned to God. He ordered the entire caravan to pray and fast before Him and they arrived safely at their destination four months later. In fact the Scriptures specifically say they departed on April 8th and arrived on August 4th.

The Words that I use to teach me are, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22  (ESV)

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So today, back up your talk and put your faith in action.