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, transformation

God Will Transform Your Situation

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will remove us from certain situations for real transformation to happen in our lives.

In this series, I’ve been talking about those things we need to be mindful of when we’re birthing something great. We talked about the importance of being on the same page with God and the need to revisit our social circle. However, for real transformation to occur, God will sometimes remove us from a situation entirely.

When Elizabeth, who had been barren for years, learned that she was pregnant, she went into seclusion for five months. When her husband, Zechariah, didn’t believe that Elizabeth would become pregnant, God took him out of communication with all others. Consider even the caterpillar that will leave behind the comforts of its habitat when it ventures into an unknown territory to transform itself.

Sometimes before your great assignment, God will make you His assignment and will pull you out of certain situations and closer to Him. What situations are you in today that you feel God is pulling you out of? Don’t resist His pull; it is the next step to a higher level.

As you get into a quiet place with God, recall these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, don’t resist God’s pull; He’s lifting you to a higher place.

B Moment, calling

Get Ready to Receive God’s Higher Calling

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 being ready to receive God’s higher calling.

Recently I was talking about being pregnant with great expectations, and I talked about the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth. In the conversation, Mary was explaining to Elizabeth that Jesus was coming to exalt the lowly. She used her life as an example because she felt that she was a lowly servant girl, but she was chosen to deliver the son of the Most High.

Through her conversation, Mary teaches us about her attitude when she was called for this higher assignment. I take away three key learnings from Mary when reading this exchange.

The first is, she trusted God and was obedient to His call. She didn’t delay in responding. The second takeaway is that she didn’t have many answers, but she responded to God’s assignment with a devoted heart.

Lastly, when God called her to a higher assignment, she had plans of her own, but she was willing to desert her plans and embrace His. That’s what we have to do when God has a higher assignment on our life.

As you’re thinking about what your next move might be, even in the new year, 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, get ready for that higher calling.

B Moments, higher

God Calls You for a Higher Purpose

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God has a higher calling for our lives.

Before Jesus’ crucifixion, there was a time when he wanted to stay completely out of Judea because the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. During this time, there was a festival going on in Judea that Jesus’ brothers, who didn’t believe in him, wanted him to attend. They taunted Jesus by rudely saying he should go where his followers could see his miracles.

However, Jesus gave them a very interesting response. He said that it was not the right time for him to go to Judea, but that they could go at any time and it would not make a difference.

Jesus’ response to his brothers underscores the point that Jesus had a higher calling on his life.

This is also true for those who choose to follow Christ. What may be an acceptable action for others, may not be an acceptable action for us. This is because there is a higher calling on our lives.

Another very important part of this story is that Jesus did not give them a soft no when he refused to go to Judea. He gave them a real, matter-of-fact response.

Sometimes, we answer with a soft no because we don’t want to be too direct. Yet, this is the time when we have to take a stand and be direct. We have to stand by our faith and by God’s higher calling for us.

So the next time we need to stand firm and cling to our higher calling, let us remember these words: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)

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So today, don’t do what the masses do because there is a higher calling on your life.