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B Moments, Holy Spirit

Prepare for a New Season with the Holy 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 14:26 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about preparing for a new season.

Recently, I talked about the seasons changing and how we can sometimes feel as though we’re living between two seasons. This made me think about the proof we have that we are preparing for a new season.

For example, I live in Chicago, so in a few short weeks, I’ll be preparing for the fall season. My closet will be proof of that as I begin to move my winter garments and boots to the front of my closet while my summer clothes and open toe sandals fade to the back. If anyone were to walk into my closet, they’d see proof that I’m preparing for the fall season.

In the spiritual realm, we also have to have proof that we’re preparing for a new season. What I occasionally lose sight of (but was recently was reminded of) is the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey, especially when we’re embarking on something new or are on the cusp of change.

Sometimes, we forget to seek the Holy Spirit, but Jesus teaches us in John 14 that the Holy Spirit is sent as our Counselor, one that will never leave us and who leads into all truth. So, while we may get caught up in the newness of a new beginning itself, we might end up losing sight of what is actually important.

The next time you feel you are on the cusp of change or something new, invite the Holy Spirit in and remember these words: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)

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So today, remember the Holy Spirit.

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God Has Already Uniquely Prepared You

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 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how God has uniquely prepared you for His work.

In this series we’re addressing our inner child. Sometimes, we can feel like I want what I want when I want it. Other times, we experience feelings of inadequacy. In many instances, God is uniquely preparing us for something, but we can’t always see it when it’s happening.

I think this might have even been the case in David’s life. Prior to David defeating Goliath, he told King Saul that he wasn’t afraid and that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go into battle with them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his bare hands to club and attack the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had uniquely prepared him for that moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

Today, that’s how I want to encourage you. God might be preparing you for a greater assignment. All you have to do is follow this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, know you are being uniquely prepared.

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God Has a Unique Way of Preparing Us

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God has a unique way of preparing us.

Recently, we’ve been talking about how King Saul fell out of grace with God, but God soon anointed David to replace him as king. However, while David was still under Saul’s rule, he told Saul that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go to battle in them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his hands, clubbing and attacking the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had divinely prepared him for this moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

The next time you question the way God might be preparing you to take on a greater assignment, lean on this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, go free knowing that every role and assignment you have had has not been random, but is God’s way of preparing you for greater.

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Changing Seasons, Deepening Faith

B Moments, seasonsWith summer just around the corner, the change of season is likely on everyone’s mind. However, rather than simply diving into the pool and rejoicing that the gray days of winter are behind us, we should also turn inward at this time, reflecting on the seasons of our own lives, both emotional and spiritual. While we put away our winter coats and take out our flip flops, we must consider what it means to savor the current season, prepare for the new one, and embrace a change of spirit reminiscent of the new season.

 

Here are 3 ways you can welcome your changing seasons this summer:

  1. Avoid obsessing over the next season. There may be times when you aren’t content with how your life is progressing in that moment, and you pray for a new beginning. While this may seem like the perfect solution to the situation, there are consequences that come with this desire. Instead of focusing on the season that you are currently in and savoring the joys that it presents you with, you become anxious and preoccupied with what will come next. This inability to appreciate the present for what it is not only takes away from the current season’s majestic nature, but it prevents you from obtaining the new beginning that you so desire. As each moment creates the next, an anxious, preoccupied present begets a similar future—no matter what season comes next. So, when you feel yourself begin to await the next season, remember these words: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
  2. Invite the Holy Spirit into your preparation for a new season. One of the most important things you can do when you know that a new season is coming is to prepare for it. For example, when summer comes, you prepare for it by moving your heavier garments to the back of the closet and replacing them with light, airy clothing that is perfect for, say, a backyard barbecue. This same concept applies to your spiritual seasons as well. When a new season is on the horizon, you should prepare for it just the same—and what better way to prepare than to open your heart to the Holy Spirit? As Jesus teaches in John 14, the Holy Spirit was sent to be a Counselor, one who would be truthful and never leave. Therefore, in a time of changing seasons, it is incredibly important to invite the Holy Spirit in, so that your change will be one for the better. To remember this, cling to these words: ‘But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)
  3. Embrace the need for an internal season change. While the world continuously shifts around you, seasons changing from one to the next, consider that an internal change may deepen your connection to the Lord and bring you closer to your ideal self. The Scriptures also point to this as a necessity in the story of Naomi. A woman who had undergone the most severe grief that one can imagine, she traveled back to her hometown in search of a change of scenery, hoping that her spirits would shift as well. However, she neglected to change her mindset—her internal season—and she ended up being known as Mara because she was so bitter and frustrated with the world. This story reminds all of the importance of an internal season change. Today, embrace that idea with the words: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by helping God spread His glory.

“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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God is Preparing 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: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the various ways that God prepares us.

Recently, I talked about how God can use struggle and imperfect conditions to challenge us and to prepare us for greater. There are other times though, that we simply go about our daily lives–wanting more, asking for more–and things just feel ordinary. I have come to learn that during these ordinary times, God is also preparing us for greater.

One example of this use of the mundane to prepare us for the extraordinary is when God used sheep to ready David for his magnificent purpose. David started out as a shepherd boy, caring for sheep, providing them with food and water, and protecting them from external threats and from themselves by making sure they didn’t go astray.

However, what was unknown to David was that God was using these experiences with sheep to equip him with the skills to be an esteemed warrior-like king.

When I look at my own life, there have been times when I have felt that things were uneventful and monotonous. What I didn’t realize was that God was using what seemed exceptional to me in order to prepare me for the miraculous. Therefore, we must turn our lives over to God and trust his plans for us.

The words that I use to inspire me are: “For I know the plans that I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, remember that God is using the ordinary to ready you for the extraordinary.