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B Moments, love endures

Despite Our Actions, God’s Love Will Endure

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

Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

This week, love is in the air. So today, I am thinking about how God’s love endures despite our actions.

Recently I talked about how God is in the business of changing hearts. I spoke about Rahab, a prostitute, who chose God above her lifestyle.

What’s important to understand is that God doesn’t just start to love us or believe in us once we have a change of heart or begin to see the light. His love endures while we’re living in dark places and possibly making poor choices.

When I think about this, I think about Peter’s life. One day, Jesus was asking the disciples who people said the son of man was. Some of them replied John the Baptist, and others said Elijah.

Then, Jesus asked the disciples who they said he was. Peter said that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because only Jesus’ Father in heaven revealed that to him.

The key is that God chose to reveal this to Peter, even when He knew Peter would later deny Him. Similarly, He could have chosen to change the heart of another woman, but He chose Rahab, a prostitute.

Let us appreciate the fact that God’s love and grace are sufficient to endure despite our actions. As we reflect on that, let us be comforted by these words: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, know that His love endures.

B Moments, changes

God Knows the Moment Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

This is something I reflected on as I read about Rahab. More specifically, I was comforted by her story because it made clear how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered the town of Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Reading about this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart had changed, but He knew the moment she made the switch and desired Him more than her lifestyle.

I think it’s important for us to be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of our hearts and even knows the actions we may end up taking next. As you think about that, hold onto these few words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes.

B Moment, changes

Be Encouraged: God Knows When Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

Sometimes, I can be hard on myself when I believe I have fallen short. It’s a classic case of knowing better, yet feeling as though I am not yet doing better. This is something I especially reflected on while reading about Rahab.

I was comforted after reading Rahab’s story because I realized just how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth.

She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Hearing this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart, but He knew when she had a change of heart and began to desire to know Him better.

Therefore, let us be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of us, our hearts, and the actions we may take next. Let us cling to these words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes even if your actions don’t fully reflect this change just yet.

B Moments, full circle

Let Your Heart Come Full Circle

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when our hearts come full circle.

We are wrapping up our before and after series of our spiritual growth. We’ve taken a before and after look at how our prayers have evolved over time and how our priorities have shifted.

Now, we are reflecting on when our hearts have been touched and changed for the better, which reminds me of Rahab’s story. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked with them about the Lord, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

The heart in Rahab that had once inclined her to sell her body now yearned to be open to explore what God had in store for her. Rahab’s heart had come full circle, and God knew that. A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In all the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

When did you have a closed heart about a situation? Is it open now? Take a moment to celebrate your progress, and let that be confirmation that God is continually working in your life. As you do that, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, let your heart come full circle.

B Moments, endures

God’s Love Endures Despite Our Actions

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

Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)

This week, love is in the air. So today, I am thinking about how God’s love endures despite our actions.

Recently, I was talking about how God is in the business of changing hearts. I spoke about Rahab, a prostitute, who chose God above her lifestyle.

What’s important to understand is that God doesn’t just start to love us or believe in us once we have a change of heart or begin to see the light. His love endures while we’re living in the dark places, and possibly making poor choices.

When I think about this, I think about Peter’s life. One day, Jesus was asking the disciples who people said the son of man was. Some of them replied John the baptist and others said Elijah.

Then, Jesus asked who they said he was. Peter said that he was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because Jesus’ Father in heaven revealed that to him.

The key is that God chose to reveal this to Peter even when he knew Peter would later deny Him. Similarly, He could have chosen another woman other than a prostitute, but He chose Rahab.

God’s love and grace are sufficient to endure despite our actions. Let us remember this as we are comforted by these words: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, let’s let God’s love empower us to love and to extend kindness to others.

B Moment, values

God Values the Purity of Your Heart

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God knows our heart no matter the circumstance.

Sometimes, I can be hard on myself when I believe I have fallen short. It’s a classic case of knowing better, yet feeling as though I am not yet doing better. This is something I especially reflected on while reading about Rahab.

I was comforted after reading Rahab’s story because I realized just how much God values our hearts.

As you may recall, Rahab was a prostitute, yet when Joshua sent two spies to Jericho ahead of his conquering army, she hid both in her house. While the spies stayed with Rahab, she talked with them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth.

She talked with them about their God so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared. Hearing this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart, but He knew when she had a change of heart and began to desire to know Him better. Based on that, He rewarded her—despite her lifestyle.

Rahab’s story has encouraged me to cling to these words, and I hope they inspire you too: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, be encouraged that ultimately, God values your heart above all.

B Moments, heavenly light

Your Heavenly Light Inspires Others

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s loving hand can cause us to stand out.

When you put your faith in the Lord, there is a heavenly light on you. You easily stand out, and others recognize you—not because you are boastful, but because you are inspirational.

This was certainly the case with a woman named Rahab.

As Joshua was preparing to conquer the town of Jericho, he sent two spies to scope out the land ahead. During their journey, the two spies entered the house of the prostitute Rahab to hide. However, the King of Jericho immediately learned the whereabouts of two spies and ordered Rahab to turn over the men.

Yet Rahab was dishonest with the King and told him that the spies had been there, but that they were no longer with her—when they were, in fact, still hidden in her house.

That night, she confessed to them that she knew of their God and of the dry path He had created for them to cross the Red Sea when they were fleeing Egypt. She told them that she had seen the way He had helped them conquer the towns around Jericho, and that she was in awe of His greatness.

Rahab risked her life that night because she saw a heavenly light on these two men of God who were simply doing His work. Their absolute faith in the guidance and love of the Lord made her come to God.

Sometimes, God works through our lives so that we may inspire the lives of others. The light that shines on us awakens in others a desire to be close to the Lord.

The next time you need to be inspired to shine brightly, cling to these words: “You are a chosen people…he called out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, quite simply, just shine; you never know who you’re inspiring.