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B Moments, ultimate sacrifice

The Sacrifice Has Already Been Paid for You

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

Scripture reference: Romans 6:23 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how the ultimate sacrifice has already been paid for us.

Recently, we talked about engaging in those activities that can separate us from God. Sometimes we can even have the best intentions and still allow something to impact our intimacy with Him. This is what happened to the Israelites as they traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover festivities.

First, the Israelites incurred expense after expense. Therefore, even though they were in a place to worship, their preoccupation with whether they had enough money impacted their worship.

In addition to their financial worries, they also worried whether their animal sacrifice would pass the inspection. The slightest imperfection in their animal meant that it wouldn’t pass the test, meaning they would have to purchase another animal at great expense.

Let us be comforted today that this is the one test that we never have to worry about again. That price has already been paid.

One interesting fact is that a perfect animal sacrifice could never have any broken bones. Even as Christ’s body endured the most horrific beating that it did, he ended up having not one broken bone. He is the ultimate, perfect lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Let us remember these words: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (ESV)

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So today, remind someone else that the ultimate sacrifice has already been paid for them.

B Moments, spirit

In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

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

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

B Moments, rock

The Lord Is Your Rock and Refuge

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is our rock and our refuge.

In recent days, my heart has been aching for my fellow citizens who have had to endure some of the most catastrophic storms in this country’s history. In fact, just a short time ago, I was listening to a woman give an account of the devastation Hurricane Irma caused when it slammed into the island of Anguilla. She explained that many of their tallest buildings had been leveled along with many of their schools, the major hospital and the police station.

Then, I heard the crackling in her voice as she talked about the church most of the people on the island attended. It had been built in the 1800s, and it too had been destroyed by the storm.

Her story reminded me of the way the Israelites traveled to the temple in Jerusalem to be in the Lord’s presence. Sometimes, they would travel great distances just to worship God in this specific sacred temple.

However, in the New Testament it was discovered that we do not need to encounter God by traveling to a temple to dwell in His presence. Instead, the Scriptures told of the good news that the Lord doesn’t dwell in buildings per se, but that He dwells within us through the presence of His spirit.

Let us remember that despite the loss of physical buildings, God is still our rock and our refuge, and He is as close as our next breath. Today especially, cling to these words: “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

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So today, remember who your real rock is.

B Moments, showcase

You Are a Showcase for God’s Power

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we are a showcase for God’s power.

Recently, I’ve been talking about the myriad ways God is constantly working in our lives. Specifically, I talked about the times He doesn’t deliver in our timeframe because He’s blessing us in even greater ways.

There are also times God blesses us—but under the most extraordinary circumstances so that we might be a showcase for His power.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Nehemiah’s story. He decided to rebuild two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls.

However, he experienced opposition on every level. He experienced opposition and infighting among his own team, and he experienced construction delays and zoning issues. There were even people in the government who stonewalled him because they disagreed with him politically and didn’t want to see him achieve his goals.

Yet with all of that opposition, he was still able to achieve his goal; he rebuilt those two miles of walls in only 52 days.

Therefore, when we are experiencing opposition, we should embrace it, knowing that God is simply using us as a showcase for His greater designs. When others around you see what God is doing, they will understand you didn’t make it to where you are without God’s help, and they will be inspired to turn to Him.

Let us be encouraged and cling to these words: “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, embrace that opposition knowing that God is using you to showcase His power.

B Moments, break

Don’t Let Them Break You

B Moments

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

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to not let it (or them) break you.

There may be times in our lives when we allow a situation or an individual to break our spirit. When I think about this, I am reminded of Nehemiah, who was tasked with restoring around two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls. During this time, many people, many times attempted to break Nehemiah, but he did not give in.

Just as Nehemiah was nearing the completion of his assignment from God, three seemingly envious men appeared with the sole intent of distracting him so that he couldn’t finish the wall.

Initially, they tried to distract him by requesting a meeting to see him. Although Nehemiah was well aware of their intentions, he told them that he was doing a great work, and that he could not stop to meet with them. This is one clear example of how he did not allow them to break him.

Then, they approached him again, steadily testing him to find his breaking point. This time, they made an appeal to him four separate times, yet four times, he gave them the same reply. Again, he didn’t let them break him.

Finally, they tried to use the tactic of public intimidation. Once again, he did not let their actions, or his response to their actions, break him. Nehemiah chose to use his energy in a very different way. He turned to God and prayed for the strength to fulfill his task.

The next time you’re on the verge of being broken, cling to these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let them break you.

Worship God in Truth and in Spirit

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

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for us. I’m asking if we are worshiping in spirit and in truth.

I had this thought because I am still reading and reflecting on the Scripture about when Jesus had an exchange with a Samaritan woman at a well.

Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet and that made her inclined to ask him about many things. One of the questions that she asked was why Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while Samaritans claimed the correct place was at Mt Gerizim where their ancestors worshiped.

Jesus replied that the truth was that the time was coming when it would no longer matter whether one worshiped the Father here or there because true believers worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my practices because there are so many various notions that we come up with as to who’s actually worshiping genuinely and who’s not. Sometimes we size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I have been to a number of churches where something as simple as a person’s dress makes others believe they know about the quality of that person’s worship.

However, in this passage, Jesus says that that’s immaterial to him. He’s more interested that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So the next time we are entering into a place of worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in spirit and in truth.