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B Moments, humility

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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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.

B Moments, destiny

The Lord Knows Your Destiny

B Moments, destiny

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.

B Moments, strength

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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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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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.