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B Moments, door

Your Next Blessing May Come through Any Door

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God will use the least among us to bless us. Because of this, we must keep an open mind about where our next blessing will come from.

In this series about blessings, we’ve talked about what to do in between our blessings. We also discussed the emotional clutter we may need to turn over to God so that we don’t block our blessings. Today, we are thinking about keeping an open mind about where that next blessing will come from because sometimes it comes from those we’d least expect.

As I think about that, I recall the story of the Samaritan woman. When Jesus met her at the well, she had previously had five husbands and she was even, at that time, living with a man who was not her husband.

However, Jesus still chose to reveal to her that he was the Messiah. She returned to her hometown and told everyone there that she had met a man who knew everything about her. In the end, this led to the entire town turning to God.

Therefore, we should be assured that our ways are not God’s ways. We never know which door or person God is going to use to deliver our next blessing. The key is to keep an open mind.

As you reflect on the next blessing you’re waiting for, keep an open mind as to which door God might come through. To remember that, cling to these words: “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

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So today, keep an open mind as to where your next blessing is coming from.

B Moments, your path

Remember Those God Has Put on Your Path

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

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Today, I am far away from the studio as I am attending a retreat on the beach. The sound you hear behind me is God’s beautiful waves.

Today, I am asking a question: do you see who God has put on your path?

In this series, we’re focusing on those things that Christ really wants us to remember. First, we know that he wants us to remember him and to remember that he is always there to meet our needs. Second, he wants us to remember each other.

As I think about this, I am reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road.

Some time after, a priest saw the beaten man and, rather than rushing to the man’s aid, chose to ignore him and cross to the other side of the street. During this time, there were cleansing rituals for those who were hurt, so it was possible the priest didn’t want to take the time to complete the cleansing rituals as it would inconvenience himself.

Next, a Levite came along. Levites held an impressive religious and political standing in the community. Although the Levite saw the injured man, he too chose to ignore him.

Unexpectedly, it was a Samaritan who showed the man compassion. The Samaritan man poured oil and wine into the injured man’s wounds and took him into an inn, paying his lodging fee. He even told the innkeeper that he would pay more if needed.

So I’m asking you, who has God put on your path? Is there someone in need God really wants you to see and help? As you think about that, remember these words: “When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

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So today, remember those God has put on your path.

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, thirst

God’s Living Water Will Quench Your Thirst

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

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today, I am thinking about God’s living water—that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

This thought came to me as I am still reflecting on Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman. The woman came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had for her, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

For me, the most beautiful part of the story is that the woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

At that point, after having this priceless exchange, this woman actually experienced God’s living water.

The irony, to me, was that when she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she left all the water that she had fetched from the well and ran back to her hometown. Ultimately, the woman converted her entire town.

Through this story, we see that we focus on God’s living water at certain times of the year, like Easter, but we need to take a moment to let His water refresh us at all times. It is another way we renew our strength in Him. Let us cling to these words: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

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So today, let His living water quench your thirst.

B Moments, service

You Will Be Used in God’s Service

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.

I am wrapping up the series here about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When we look at this situation, it is important to put things in the proper context. The period in which the beautiful exchange occurs was fraught with severe racial tensions, so the Samaritans and Jews didn’t socialize with each other.

Yet Jesus engages this woman in a beautiful exchange and as they’re talking, out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband.

Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she had had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.

In that moment, I had to reflect and realize that our prior acts don’t disqualify us from being in a relationship with God and being able to be used in His service. Many times, we hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.

Those are actually the actions that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.

Let us close our eyes and see our excess baggage floating away. As we do this, let us remember these words: “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that your past acts do not disqualify you from being in relationship with God and being used in His service.

B Moments, mercy

Always Show Others Mercy and Compassion

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus expects us to show mercy to one another.

Recently, we sent an inspiring message to our brothers and sisters in Texas who recently endured Hurricane Harvey and its grueling aftermath. We also have been watching the scenes on TV, observing everyday people helping one another. In fact, very little seems to divide us in times of tragedy.

However, Jesus teaches us that we don’t have to wait for a time of tragedy to show compassion and mercy to our brothers and sisters. This is seen particularly clearly in Jesus’ illustration of the Samaritan man.

In the story, a Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by a group of bandits. They stripped him of his money and his clothes, beat him badly, and left him for dead on the side of the road.

A Jewish priest came along, saw his injured form, and crossed over to the other side of the road. Shortly thereafter, a temple assistant walked over, looked down at the man, and then went on his way.

After some time, a Samaritan man came along, knelt down beside the injured man, soothed his wounds with medicine, bandaged him up, and paid for him to stay at an inn where he could heal even further.

When Jesus finished telling this story to a man he was teaching, he asked him which of the three men had been a neighbor to the man in need. The student quickly answered that it was the one who had shown him mercy. Jesus replied that he was correct and asked him to go out into the world and do the same.

As we’re thinking about our fellow brothers and sisters, let us cling to these words: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to show a little more mercy and compassion.

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In Tragic Times, Christ Will Heal You

blog, tragicWe’ve all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey has wreaked. Whether or not we’ve been personally affected, the hurricane has left us thinking about what we can do in the wake of terrible tragedy. In truth, the best thing we can do in these tragic situations is to help others while worshiping Christ.

Here are 3 methods to cope with tragedy when it strikes:

  1. Trust that Jesus is the resurrection. In the gospel of John, Jesus taught an incredibly important lesson through one of his last miraculous acts. In the Scripture, he allowed Lazarus to die so that he could bring him back from the dead four days later. The purpose waiting was so that God’s glory could be showcased through Lazarus’ revival. It showed that Jesus is the resurrection and that his light can be seen in the darkest of circumstances. Therefore, during those difficult times, the times when it feels as though everything has been taken from you, recall that Jesus, the resurrection, will restore everything to you. So today, hold Jesus’ power of resurrection in your heart and remember these words: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
  2. Make time for real worship. In stressful times, it can be difficult to remember to worship in the way God intended. For example, after Lazarus was raised from the dead, his sisters threw a gigantic celebration to thank Jesus. During the party, one of the sisters spent all of her time running around, trying to make everything perfect for Jesus. Because of all the stress she was under, this first sister neglected to sit by Jesus and hear his stories. However, the other sister spent the entire time sitting at Jesus’ feet and clinging onto his every word. Although the first sister meant well, Jesus pointed out that while she was chasing perfection, her sister had already found it and, in doing so, had worshiped him in the truest way possible. In other words, in times of stress it might be hard to focus wholly on worshiping Jesus in the unfailing way he intended, but it is more important than anything else you could possibly do. Therefore, hold these words in your heart: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)
  3. Show others endless mercy and compassion. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to ignore those in need. Take the story of the Good Samaritan. When a Jewish man was robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road, several people passed him without helping before a Samaritan walked up to him, bandaged his wounds, and took him to an inn where he could further heal. In other words, the injured man was left for dead by numerous people before the Good Samaritan finally came to the rescue. So, in times of tragedy—and in your everyday life—make sure you treat others just as you would your neighbor since we are all brothers and sisters in God’s love. The next time you are debating whether or not to show compassion and mercy to another, keep these words in your heart:“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that Jesus will lead you through tragic times.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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God May Handpick YOU for His Service

B Moment, handpick

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God can handpick anyone to be used in His service.

Recently, I talked about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us. In that instance I was specifically talking about God’s love. Specifically, we tend to hold onto things from our past when He actually has forgiven us long ago.

At the moment, I am thinking more about who He chooses to use for His service. I am also still reflecting on the passage about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. In fact, the gospel of John, chapter four is layered with lesson after lesson.

In the passages, Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman is revealed. It is clear that Jesus knew that the woman had been married five times before and that the man she was living with was not her husband.

In the Scripture, the woman was so moved by the fact that Jesus knew about her past that she ran back to her town and told everyone to come and see the man who knew everything she had ever done.

As a result, this woman, a Samaritan woman who had been married five times previously and was currently living in sin, brought an entire town to Christ. In this way we see that sometimes we can be so quick to see ourselves or others as unworthy that we forget that God can still use us to impact the lives of others.

Next time the word “unworthy” comes into our minds, let us cling to these words: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, remember that God could be handpicking you for His service.

B Moments, living water

Let God’s Living Water Renew You

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

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today is Easter Sunday, or as many of us will say, Resurrection Sunday. Therefore, I am thinking about God’s living water—that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

The idea of God’s living water began intriguing me because I am continuing to study the passage detailing Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman. At the well, Jesus told the woman all about living water.

She came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

This woman, as I will often remind everyone, had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

At that point, after having this beautiful exchange, this woman actually experienced God’s living water.

When she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she left all the water that she had fetched from the well and ran back to get her entire town. If you’ve been listening during the week, you know that this woman, a Samaritan woman living in sin, converted an entire town.

Through this story, we see what is possible when we hold true to the living water when Christ gives us the opportunity. The words that I will cling to simply are, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

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So today, celebrate your Easter Sunday and hold onto that living water.