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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)

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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)

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

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)

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

B Moments, minority

Be Confident in Your Minority Position

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 3:15 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in the minority.

When you’re in the minority for a belief, it can be frustrating that most of those around you believe one thing and you believe another. You might even expend a lot of energy trying to convince them to see things your way.

I began thinking of this as I was reading about Moses, who sent out twelve spies to survey the Promised Land. After forty days of investigating the land, ten of the spies returned to tell him that the land itself was good, but there was absolutely no way they could overcome the people who occupied the land.

However, the last two spies were Joshua and Caleb, and they saw things very differently. They put more stock in God’s promise and less in what they saw with the natural eye. In other words, they saw that the people living in the Promised Land (the Amalekites) were giants, but they also knew that, in God’s strength, they could defeat those giants.

Yet Joshua and Caleb were definitely in the minority.

Sometimes I need to be encouraged when I’m steadily trying to remind those around me to see things differently, or to encourage them to believe that things will ultimately work out. One thing that helps me cling to my belief is a saying I heard once and never forgot. It goes, “Keep your faith because one with God is, in fact, a majority.”

Let us also cling to these words when we need to be reminded that we are a majority: “In your hearts, honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

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So today, know that your minority is really a majority.

B Moments, least

God Works Through Us All

B Moments, least

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

Scripture reference: Luke 6:22-23 (ESV)

Today, I am appreciating how God can work through the least among us.

Recently, I talked about Rahab the prostitute who was spared in the town of Jericho. As you may recall, before Joshua set out to conquer the town of Jericho, he sent two spies ahead and Rahab housed these spies.

The town of Jericho itself was a town of sin and a town of idolatry. Therefore, it was important to God that when Joshua conquered the town, there would be no survivors.

My own research shows that Jericho was a town of approximately 60,000 people at the time. Try to imagine that. Sixty thousand people lost their lives and the only ones spared were Rahab the prostitute and her family.

In fact, you might even go a step further. Some of Rahab’s relatives may even have thought her to be a low person based on her lifestyle. Yet, in the end, she ultimately saved not only herself, but her family as well.

In short, her story is a very encouraging one as it demonstrates how, despite what kind of life you lead and what others think of you, God may choose to work through you. It also encourages us to cling to these words: “Blessed are you when people…exclude you…Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.” Luke 6:22-23 (ESV)

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So today, be careful not to judge others because God has shown He will work through the least of those among us.

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)

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