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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, simple

Seeing the Importance of Your Simple Role

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

We’re wrapping up our series on dealing with our inner child. Sometimes, our inner child can cause us to see our role as simple and make us miss the fact that our role in this life is very purposeful.

Recently, we’ve been talking about David’s transition to king and all that he endured between the time he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king. After David was anointed king by God, he would fulfill various roles that didn’t resemble a king at all.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul because as the spirit of the Lord left Saul, he went into bouts of deep depression. Therefore, David would play the harp for him to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

Although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

B Moments, revisit

Revisit Your Social Circle in 2018

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to revisit our social circle as we embark upon a new year.

Recently, I’ve been talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re about to birth something great. One of those things may involve revisiting your social circle. When you have a great assignment, it’s important to be in relationship with like minded people.

This was clearly the case when Mary was pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth was carrying John the baptist. One day, Mary visited Elizabeth and they began to talk about the miracles of God. I envision two ladies sitting at the kitchen table having a good old worship session.

The Scripture also says that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for the next three months. Mary understood the importance of revisiting her social circle and deepening her relationship with another like minded person. This even entailed her leaving Joseph temporarily so that she could accomplish the greater calling on her life.

When you are embarking upon a greater assignment, you do what is necessary. Therefore, what great venture or assignment are you embarking on in 2018 that will require you to revisit your social circle and to be in relationship with more like minded people? Who within your social circle will support your endurance?

As you give all of that some thought, recall these words: “Whoever walks with the wise become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

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So today, commit to starting 2018 strong by revisiting your social circle.

B Moments, training wheels

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.

B Moments, greater

Leave Your Comfort for Your Miracle

B Moments, greater

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God is calling you to greater.

I was studying the Old Testament recently and came to a passage where the Israelites once again found themselves in trouble. In the passage, they were under attack by the Midianites who had stolen their cattle, destroyed their crops, and brought them to the brink of starvation.

After years of suffering, the Israelites finally cried out to God for help, and God chose Gideon to save them. The interesting part of the story is that when God called Gideon to the task, Gideon’s circumstances were a lot different than one would expect.

First, when the angel of the Lord appeared before him, Gideon was found below ground, hiding from the Midianites. In other words, he didn’t seem like a qualified general ready to attack the enemy.

Second, among all the clans, Gideon’s clan was the weakest. Not only that, but he was also considered the least among his family members.

Finally, Gideon’s father worshiped the idol Baal. Therefore, Gideon didn’t come from a line of believers. Yet God still chose him.

Sometimes, we know that God is calling us to take on something greater, but we ignore the calling because we apply our own reasoning. We believe that we’re not the most qualified, or that we lack influence or resources. The list goes on and on.

What is God pulling at your heart to do, but that you continue to put off? Let us cling to these words for the courage to take action: “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)

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So today, leave your comfort for your miracle.

B Moments, grooming

God Is Grooming You for Greater

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is grooming us for greater.

This week, I’ve been talking a lot about my youngest son going off to college and his fears about not liking the school. Since it was not one of his top choices, he is afraid that once he arrives, he’ll realize it isn’t the right fit and will simply want the year to end so he can transfer.

However, I have learned from my own personal experience that even though it might seem like we’re off course or in the wrong place, we are truly right where we’re supposed to be. In fact, God often wants us there because He is grooming us for something greater.

When I think about being groomed for something better, I can’t help but think of David and his story. In his case, God used tending sheep and working in the fields to groom David for a 40-year reign as king.

Although we, as humans, cannot see any alignment between working the fields tending sheep and ultimately ending up in the palace, the fact is that David’s time in the fields was crucial to his reign.

As the Scripture teaches us, God’s ways are not our ways. So, my advice to my son is the same as my advice to us all. Even when we think we’re not where we’re supposed to be, we’re exactly where God wants us to be. With that, let us cling to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is grooming you for greater.

B Moments, blog

God Is Guiding Your Steps

B Moments, blogWhen a situation arises that seems to completely throw us off the path we were on, it is sometimes difficult to accept. We may feel scared, anxious, or overwhelmed. We may even begin to question whether or not God is listening to our prayers. However, we need to remember that God is the one who guides our steps, and that He is leading us exactly where we need to go. So instead of worrying, trust that God is handling the situation and readying you for something great.

Here are 3 Ways to Confront Your Difficult Situation:

  1. Trust first, then seek understanding. When God teaches you, it is not always easy to understand His meaning. In fact, the disciples even had trouble discerning Jesus’ meaning when he used parables to instruct and guide them. So, don’t be anxious or upset when you don’t understand where God is leading you. Instead, set aside your desire for immediate understanding, and fill yourself with trust in the Lord. Just as the disciples found peace when they were able to let go of their overwhelming need to understand, you too will discover a new calm when you are able to simply trust that God’s hand in your life is leading you down the right path. Cling to these words to remember the importance of trusting the Lord: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
  2. Remember that God is handling it on all levels. There will be times when you pray for something significant, but it seems as though God is not answering. You may begin to believe that the Lord is not even listening. However, God is always near and is, in fact, guiding you according to His plan. To remember this, consider the fact that there are little things in your life that are lining up thanks to His hand. Although they might not seem incredibly significant, or may just be small details in your life that are coming together, know that God is the one orchestrating the success of the little things. If the Lord is able to perfectly align the tiniest circumstances in your life, it is easy to see how He controls the big picture, too. So, keep these words close to your heart to remember the way God controls the small and big picture of your life: “…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)
  3. Keep in mind that God is grooming you for greater. When you find yourself going down a path that you believe takes you off course from where you believed you were going, it can be very frustrating. During these times, you may feel that you’re in the wrong place, and begin to do everything in your power to get back to what you thought was the purpose of your life. If you find yourself thinking this way, take a moment to reflect on the fact that God’s ways are not our ways, and He might simply be preparing you for greater. For example, before David began his 40-year reign as king, God had him working with sheep in the fields. Although it is difficult for us to make the connection between being a shepherd and ruling a nation, God knew that David needed to work in the fields before he would make an effective ruler. So today, know that wherever you are, you are right where God wants you to be. Before you can succeed, He needs to groom you for greater. Cling to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that God is guiding your steps.

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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