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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, light

Jesus Is the Light, Even in Dark Times

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 thinking about how, despite the times we live in, Jesus is still the light of the world.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of this because things can appear so dire. For example, Jesus told his disciples that he was the light of the world right 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 taught 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 that would 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.

Recently, I honored two faculty members who sacrificed their own lives to// protect their students during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We have to remember that even during tragic times, God can use the dark situation to shine His light and move people into action.

Let us keep these few words at the forefront of our minds today as we remember despite how dire things are: “I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (ESV)

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So today, live with confidence that Jesus is still the light of the world.

B Moments, confront

Find Strength in God for Your Confrontation

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about confrontation and how God will give you the strength to boldly confront the person, situation, or issue you may be dealing with.

Recently, I read in the book of Acts that Peter healed a layman who had been begging outside the beautiful gate for decades. Once Peter told everyone that the man had been healed in the power and name of Jesus Christ, nearly five thousand people turned to God.

However, when the leading priests of the day heard this, they were very disturbed. They immediately arrested Peter and called him before the council.

Even before the council, Peter was not afraid. He told them the same thing he had told the followers. It was as if his attitude was, “Yes, I said it, and I’ll say it to you again.”

With both confidence and humility, he boldly confronted the council which had the authority to kill him on the spot. The key is that Peter knew who ultimately had the authority over his life, so he was unafraid of the council.

If there is a person, a situation, or an issue you may need to confront today, do so knowing that God has your back. As you think about that, cling to these words: “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

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So today, whatever the person, situation, or issue may be, go forth and boldly confront it.

B Moments, among

Jesus Is Right Here Among Us

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus is right here among us.

I was recently reminded of how one of the synagogue leaders approached Jesus in a crowd, desperately asking him to go quickly to his home because his little girl was dying.

Although Jesus would heal the little girl, he was delayed getting to the man’s home because a young woman who had been bleeding for twelve years fought her way through a massive crowd so that she could touch Jesus’ robe. Her belief was that if she just touched his robe, she could be healed.

The woman was right! All she did was touch Jesus’ garment, and she was healed. However, Jesus felt the healing power leave him.

When I read this passage, I found myself wishing we lived in the days when Jesus was walking down our streets, and everyone had the chance to touch him—or even just touch his garment.

Yet thinking about this more deeply, I concluded that in a sense, he is among us every day. He is the homeless man sleeping under an expressway, trying to keep warm. He’s that young battered woman who just found the courage to leave but needs a few words of encouragement.

Let us see Jesus in the eyes of the needy today, and remember these words. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to see Jesus in the face of another, and touch him by touching them.