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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.

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, blind faith

Embrace Your Blind Faith and Take that Journey

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will reward your faithfulness.

For most of this week, we’ve been talking about sacrifices. Today, I’m reminding us of how God rewards those sacrifices. Sometimes, our sacrifices even resemble a blind faith because we’re not sure what will come of them.

When I think about blind faith and sacrifices, look no further than Abraham’s life. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey to a new home. This new home would be more than a thousand miles away.

Abraham had to make many sacrifices along the way for the lengthy trip, but he demonstrated a blind faith by taking the journey anyway. He placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following.

Abraham is the perfect example of how the blind faith we show and the sacrifices we make really do please God. In fact, God ultimately went on to call Abraham the father of many nations. Through his story, we see that when we sacrifice and demonstrate a blind faith, we are in fact seeking God.

The words that inspire me and remind me that our faith will be rewarded are very simply: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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So today, go with confidence knowing that God will reward your faithfulness.

B Moments, burdens

Release Your Burdens One by One

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus doesn’t want you to be burdened.

Recently, we talked about the time when Jesus chased the money changers and various animals out of the temple because it had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. We specifically looked at it from the operations perspective, but today we’re looking at the individual.

During these times, fees were paid calculated on a percentage of a person’s daily wage. Imagine a family first having to endure the cost of traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Then, they had to set aside their tithes and their temple tax. On top of that, they were burdened with the exchange of their currency, which was a tax on top of a tax.

Even worse, if they wanted to bring an animal to sacrifice, they had to pay for that and then risk having the temple tell them that the animal was not good enough. If the temple deemed the animal unacceptable, they also had to pay for an even more ideal animal. They were burdened in so many ways.

Sometimes, we can carry around burdens of financial matters or relationships, which can interfere with our worship. Jesus reminds us that he doesn’t want us to be weighed down like that. If you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, release those matters to God and cling to these words: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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So today, release those burdens one by one.

B Moments, wait

If Only I Had Waited on God

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about a saying: if only I had waited on God.

We’re wrapping up our series on how we can miss the mark when it comes to embracing God’s will. One classic way of doing this is through impatience.

In recent days, we’ve studied King Saul’s life because he is a good example of someone who did not fully embrace God’s will. Another instance of his reluctance to do so was the time Saul and his army were preparing for battle against the Philistines.

The Philistines had an army of about 3,000 and were well armed. One important note is that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron, meaning they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not.

When the Israelites faced the Philistines and saw how armed they were, they began to run into caves and hide, causing Saul’s army to dwindle by the day. Meanwhile, Saul’s role was simply to be a commander. He was not a priest, so he was forbidden to offer sacrifices.

However, after seven days of watching his men tremble with fear and waiting for the prophet Samuel to appear, Saul assumed the role of priest and began to offer sacrifices—something God had forbade him from doing.

What is interesting is that as soon as he offered the first sacrifice, Samuel appeared. It has been said that the only thing worse than waiting on God is wishing you had.

What are you waiting on God to deliver for you today? Cling to these words as you trust God’s timetable: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, wait on God and avoid saying you wish you had.

B Moments, personal sanctuary

Get Closer to God Through Your Personal Sanctuary

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 appreciating the value of my own personal sanctuary.

Even though I read the Scriptures, I’m always fascinated by the additional details that I learn about certain events that are described in them. For example, at the exact time of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom. I learned that this was to represent the free and unlimited access people would now have to God due to Christ’s sacrifice.

Although I didn’t know that detail before, I feel as though it underscores the importance of having access to a personal sanctuary or haven where I can take advantage of this glorious gift that Christ gave to us.

This story also reminds me of a time when I was feeling somewhat forsaken by God and I reached out to a pastor. The pastor said to me that maybe it wasn’t that God had moved away from me, but that I had moved away from Him. Having a personal sanctuary helps me feel closer to God and reminds me to be in constant relationship with Him.

If you have a great agenda set forth for 2018, make sure you have a personal sanctuary so that you can converse with God about those things on your agenda. As you do that, keep these words in mind: “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, claim your personal sanctuary.

B Moment, detail

God Plans Each Small Detail of Your Life

B Moment, detail

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Today, I am thinking about how God has the smallest details of our lives in His hand.

I had this thought as I have just learned that, in the Old Testament, one way a person could become right with God was by sacrificing an animal. However, they didn’t just bring any animal to the altar. The animals were first chosen specifically because they couldn’t have any defects.

One very important defect that was taken into account was broken bones. So, they would get the finest animal they had–without broken bones or any other defects–and bring that animal to the altar.

Given that today is Holy Saturday, or the day before Easter, we can easily recall that Christ was crucified for us; he is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Now, watch this fine detail here. Of all of the ways that Christ’s body was beaten and battered and absolutely destroyed, there weren’t any broken bones in his body. Not one.

This is incredibly inspiring because God paid such attention to the tiniest detail of broken bones. It’s His perfect ways that have the same hand in our lives. He has it down to the finest detail.

He’s looking out after us and caring for us, and all we have to do is cling to these words, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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So today, appreciate that God has the smallest detail of your life in His hand.

B Moments, sacrifice

You Will Be Rewarded for Your Sacrifice

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:3-4 (ESVUK)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards for our little sacrifices.

My son is graduating from high school this year, and it’s prompting me to think back over his life from grade school to high school.

I can remember these long stretches of time when it seemed like there were no days off because my husband and I weren’t ever able to sleep in. It was seven days a week of getting up early.

The five days of the work week had early mornings because everyone had to get to work and school. Then on Saturdays, my boys played sports, so it seemed like we had to get up early every Saturday morning to either get them to practice or to a game. Then, of course, we get up early on Sundays to go to church.

All of this hustle and bustle made it so that there was a long period of time where I was unable to sleep in. For me, that is a huge personal sacrifice.

I also recall my husband sharing one of his stories about growing up in Detroit with his grandmother. He said that on winter mornings, his grandma would get up extra early to put his socks on the bottom rack of the oven. That way, his feet would remain warm as he walked to the school bus.

There are so many little sacrifices that we make for others that they may not even know about. God, however, sees it all. So although we may not be thinking about a reward at the time, remember that God knows what we have done to help others.

Please let me share this scripture with you all that shows how He expects us to interact with others:: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)

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So today, if others miss your little sacrifices, know that God sees them all.

b moments, extra mile

Going That Extra Mile

b moments, extra mile

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

Today I thinking about the importance of being willing to go that extra mile for someone. Many times I feel immediate joy in going the extra mile for someone especially when I know they really need it.

But then there are those times when I struggle to go the extra mile for myself, much less someone. I can be exhausted, over-extended, or not really in the mood. But I have learned that it is on these occasions that we should push ourselves to go the extra mile.

Remember, God always knows when we are pushing our limits.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of the story of Rebecca. In this story, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac, his son. The servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for Isaac’s future wife. When the servant reached the town of his destination, he saw Rebecca at the well and asked her for a drink of water. Rebecca not only gave the man a drink of water, but drew water for all ten of his camels. We can only imagine the extent that Rebecca inconvenienced herself bringing up all that water.

The servant may not have known of Rebecca’s sacrifice that day but God knew. And in the end, Rebecca was asked to marry Isaac and would become a very blessed young woman.

The Words that I use to inspire me are, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.Proverbs 11: 25 (ESV)

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So today, please God and go that extra mile for someone else.