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God Sees the Impact You Have

Sometimes, we may find ourselves in the spotlight, earning praise left and right and enjoying others’ respect and admiration. Yet the time we spend in the shadows is also important; we can make an unforgettable impact while remaining humble and behind the scenes.

 

Here are 3 ways to embrace your role:

  1. Put less value on public admiration. Although it can be exciting to be well known and widely spoken of, we don’t always need to be in the spotlight to effect change. For example, while we are all familiar with the heavy hitters in the Bible, including Moses, Noah, and Mary, there are others who did just as much to spread God’s word that we don’t readily know. This was definitely the case for Tychicus, a man who traveled with Paul to carry God’s message to new lands. Despite his minor role as Paul’s opening act, Tychicus was able to open the hearts of those in the crowd, ensuring they were ready to accept the word of the Lord. Today, place the emphasis on your spirit and not your ego, and know that public recognition does not equate to serious change. To inspire yourself, remember these words: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
  2. Know that your worth shines in the shadows. When you do a huge amount of work and fail to get the credit, it can be disheartening and frustrating. However, it is important to remember that your worth shines just as clearly in the shadows. One example of a person whose diligent and powerful work for the Lord in the shadows led to real goodness is Andrew. As Peter’s brother, Andrew was able to introduce him to Jesus, ensuring Jesus’ inner circle was filled with people who could help him forward the word of the Lord. Although Andrew worked in the shadows, his incredible worth was clear. Therefore, if you’re struggling with being in the shadows, know that your assignment is no less important, and remember that God sees and appreciates it. Recall these words when you need to remember your work’s worth: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
  3. Remember that your humility will be rewarded. Seeing others accomplish amazing feats and be given wonderful opportunities can be challenging. In fact, it may even awaken your ego and cause you to jump at any chance of proving yourself. However, when we turn to the Scriptures, we see that Gideon behaved the opposite way. When an angel came to him and told him he would lead the Israelites, Gideon reacted with humility and gave the angel an offering before asking how he could have been chosen for the assignment. It is precisely because Gideon acted with such selfless humility that God chose him for the task. His humble and sacrificial attitude brought him closer to the Lord and ensured he was poised for success. So the next time you are faced with an incredible feat, remain humble and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining a humble outlook.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

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Your Humility Will Be Rewarded

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

We started this week by honoring our unsung heroes. We’ve also talked about serving in the shadows. Let us top this series off by reminding ourselves about the power of humility. When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

Therefore, if you’re facing a daunting situation, try embodying a sense of humility and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

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The Rewards of Humility Are Endless

B Moments, humility

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

This week, I’ve been talking a lot about Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

The next time we’re facing something that seems impossible, let us cling to these words to give us a sense of humility: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

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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.

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After Your Sign, Prepare to 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: Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we will often ask God for a sign before we take action. This thought came to me as I’ve recently been studying Gideon’s story in the book of Judges.

As we know, the Israelites were under attack by the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them. However, Gideon was very doubtful that he had actually been chosen for the task because he viewed himself as so unqualified. Therefore, he asked God for a sign to be sure that this was what God was asking him to do.

First, he left a piece of wool on the floor and asked God to make the wool wet with dew but to keep the ground dry when morning came. If that occurred, he would know that God was telling him to free the Israelites.

The next morning, Gideon squeezed a bowl full of water from the piece of wool, but that wasn’t enough. Gideon went back to God and asked for a second sign. This time, he asked God to leave the piece of wool dry, but to make the ground wet with dew.

The next morning, that was precisely the case. The wool remained dry and the ground was wet.

So, we see that God responded to Gideon’s request for a sign on both occasions. Yet after God gives you a sign, the next move is yours to take. The question is, will you take it?

Sometimes, we know when God is speaking directly to us. Maybe He has put something on our heart, or maybe He’s speaking to us through another person. But once we have confirmation, we can’t become gripped by fear. We have to take the next step.

To give us the strength and courage to do so, let us cling to these words: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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So today, ask for a sign, but then be prepared to take action.

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The Lord Knows Your Destiny

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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 how God knows your destiny.

This thought came to me since I am wrapping up the series on Gideon. This made me remember that when the angel of the Lord appeared before Gideon to tell him that God had chosen him to save the Israelites from the Midianites, Gideon was below ground, hiding from the Midianites.

Yet the angel of the Lord still referred to him as a mighty hero. Why would the angel of the Lord refer to him in that way? Because he knew how Gideon’s story would end.

As we know, Gideon’s army of 300 was fighting an army of tens of thousands, yet when Gideon stood before the Midianites, outnumbered and without any real weapons, he became a mighty hero.

Gideon boldly stood there before them. This time, he did not hide or tremble with fear. He stood there like a warrior and shouted, “A sword for the Lord and Gideon!”

Of course, God knew that the grip of fear couldn’t hold Gideon back for long. He knew that Gideon was ultimately destined to stand tall in the face of his enemy like a real warrior.

When you hear God speak your destiny to you because he has chosen you to do something special, don’t let your fear hold you back. Instead, 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, remember God knows your destiny.

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God Is Mastering Your Insurmountable Odds

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God delights in difficult odds.

The Lord loves to bring a great victory our way, especially when the odds are stacked against us. That way, there can be no confusion as to how we overcame a seemingly impossible situation in the first place.

When I think about odds, I think about Gideon’s story. In fact, the story fascinates me so much that I did a little research about how the odds stacked up against Gideon.

As we know, Gideon was fighting the Midianites. He started out with 32,000 men while the Midianites stood at 135,000 men strong. Therefore, the odds were 4:1 against Gideon at the beginning.

As the battle progressed, God reduced Gideon’s army even further until it stood at 10,000 men while the Midianites still stood at 135,000. What are those odds? 13:1.

Finally, God shrunk his army even further. Why? Because he wanted Gideon to know that God alone would win the battle for him.

In the end, Gideon’s army was reduced to 300 against the Midianites’ 135,000. That is a frightening 450:1. Those odds seemed insurmountable. Yet with God, nothing is insurmountable.

While your plan belongs to you, the odds always belong to God. Therefore, let us cling to these words: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is mastering all odds.

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In God’s Strength, We Can Achieve Greater

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 we accomplish great things in God’s strength.

Recently, I talked about how the Israelites came under attack by the Midianites and that 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 task, Gideon was shocked and very doubtful. He immediately began to question things.

However, God responded by saying that he should go with the strength he had to rescue Israel from the Midianites. God told Gideon that He was sending him for a reason.

Yet Gideon continued to doubt. He asked how he could be chosen for the task when his clan was the weakest in the entire tribe, and he, himself, was the least in his entire family. The excuses seemed to flow from him endlessly.

Sometimes, we avoid taking on a task because we can’t see the finish line. The task ahead seems insurmountable, so to avoid a false start, we just don’t start at all.

Ultimately, Gideon faced 100,000 Midianites—something I’m sure he thought was impossible. But in Judges 6:16, God told Gideon that He would be with him and that, with God’s strength, Gideon would destroy the Midianites as if he were fighting against one man.

In other words, what we believe to be insurmountable is just the opposite when we understand that we will accomplish greater in God’s strength. So rather than succumb to fear, we simply need to take the first step and know that God will guide our hand.

Let us remember these words as we take the first step: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, do it in His strength.

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It’s Time to Take Off Your Training Wheels!

B Moments, training wheels

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how it’s time for us to take off our spiritual training wheels.

This week, I’ve been talking about what God will do for us when He has called us to a greater assignment. For example, we’ve talked about how He’ll change a person’s heart. Today, let’s recognize the fact that He will also remove any crutches that we normally rely on so that we can put our sole trust and alliance in Him.

As we know, when God called Gideon to save the Israelites, Gideon was already frightened to death and felt as though he was very unqualified for the job.

Then, while Gideon remained scared and doubtful, God reduced his army by 99%. His weapons were mere torches and trumpets, and his military strategy, according to the Scriptures, was simply to stand still.

In other words, everything that Gideon could have trusted in was removed. God wanted Gideon to trust Him and only Him because when we trust God, anything is possible.

As we already know, Gideon, despite his fear, was victorious. Therefore, the whole story begins to read like an adult telling a child that it is time to take off the training wheels since the strength already exists inside them. Even though it’s scary at first, it is exhilarating to graduate to the level of riding with no hands and the wind in your hair.

As we think about that visual, let us cling to these words and be inspired: “Trust in Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, take off those training wheels.

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Be Unafraid: Embrace God’s Call to Action

blog, callSometimes, when we hear the Lord call upon us to tackle an important task, we may ignore His voice. Instead of accepting that we were chosen to walk this path for a reason, we see all of our own shortcomings and flaws, and we decide that the call was meant for someone else. We turn our back on the duty our Father has called us to do because of our fear, doubts, and insecurities. Yet today, rather than turning our back or deferring to others, let’s own that call and take action.

How to answer God’s call to action:

  1. Trust that you were chosen for a reason. Even though you may feel as though you’re not the obvious choice for God’s mission, He has picked you because you are perfect for the job. For example, when the Israelites found themselves threatened by the Midianites, God chose Gideon to save them. Gideon was perhaps the last man one would consider when looking for a general to rally behind. He not only hid from the Midianites until the angel of the Lord came to find him, but he was also the weakest member of his family in the weakest clan of the Israelites. In other words, Gideon was not an obvious choice to save the Israelites, but God knew that he would be just the force they needed. So, although you may not seem to be the most connected, or influential, or strong, you were chosen for a reason. Simply have faith in yourself and in God’s choice, and find the courage to step out of your comfort and into your miracle. In your times of doubt recall these words: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
  2. Rely on His strength and take a step forward. When we are given a task from God, the magnitude of the issue can sometimes be overwhelming. In Gideon’s case, he asked God if he was the right man for the job over and over again since he wasn’t strong and he didn’t come from a powerful family or clan. Gideon felt as though the challenge of fighting off 100,000 Midianites wasn’t anywhere near something he could accomplish, so he stalled for a long time. Just as was the case with Gideon, we may sometimes feel as though we couldn’t possibly achieve a goal since we can’t even begin to see the finish line. Yet, when the task has been assigned by God, no problem is insurmountable. Simply rely on God’s strength, and anything is possible. All you have to do is take the first step forward. Remember these words to inspire you to take action: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
  3. Maintain your humility now and down the road. One of the most important parts of Gideon’s story is that he showed an incredible amount of humility—not only when he was chosen, but all the way up until he completed his task. Gideon realized that his strength and cunning alone could not overpower the Midianites, but that with God by his side, anything was possible. So, he never stopped giving credit to the Lord, and he continued to stave off arrogance and embrace sacrifice. That humility is one of the reasons that he was picked for the task of freeing the Israelites in the first place. It allowed him to never forget where his true power lay. To remind yourself of the importance of maintaining your humility—even after being handpicked for a task by the Lord—cling to these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by acting on God’s words to you.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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