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B Moments, flesh

Your Spirit Is Willing and Your Flesh Is Strong

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about those times when our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was prepared for Calvary. Recently, I had a woman share with me that no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t change a certain behavior. She prayed about it, she talked about it with her friends, but she just became weak every time the situation presented itself.

This woman’s struggle reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew this would be the night they would come for him and arrest him. The Scriptures say he was filled with anguish and felt deep distress.

Therefore, he asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray. He prayed to God, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

Jesus then turned to his disciples, only to find them asleep when he had specifically asked them to keep watch. To this, he said, “For though the spirit is willing, the body is weak.”

What’s interesting in this passage is that Jesus shows us how to overcome weakness. In his prayer, he asked that the suffering be taken away, showing his weakness as he knew his suffering was necessary. However, he overcomes that weakness by desiring God’s will over his own.

If your spirit is willing but your flesh remains weak, cling to these words for hope and inspiration: “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

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So today, your spirit is willing and so is your flesh.

B Moments, ego

Favor Your Spirit Rather Than Your Ego

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of responding to situations through our spirit versus our ego.

In this series, we’ve been talking about those things that draw us into a deeper communion with God. The first way we discussed was by choosing our spirit over the desires of our flesh.

The second thing we talked about was moving on from those environments where we are no longer learning and being challenged. Challenging ourselves ensures we lean on God for strength and direction.

Finally, as we wrap this series up, another way to go deeper is to respond in spirit and not in ego. Christ was the perfect example of how to do this.

Recall that after Jesus fed the 5,000, there were some who showed up the very next day to be fed by Christ again. When Jesus came in contact with them, he told them that they were only there because of what he could do for them, not because of who he was.

However, they began to chant at him, demanding that he become their king. They chanted this at Jesus with clenched fists, passionate down to the last person.

Yet Jesus responded that their chanting was not the way to appeal to him. They were attempting to persuade him using force, and he wouldn’t be swayed by that. He even dismissed their idea of him becoming their king.

Jesus teaches us that when things in the natural realm are playing into our ego, we must reach for those things in the spiritual realm. When we do this, we are able to be in deeper communion with God.

The words that I use to guide myself are: “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

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So today, respond in spirit rather than in ego.

B Moments, flesh

Choose Your Spirit Over Your Flesh

B Moments, flesh

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the constant pull between our flesh and spirit.

In this series, I’m thinking about those things that can draw us into a deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over our flesh. This is exactly the decision David was faced with when his men brought him a drink offering.

One day, David expressed to three of his mightiest warriors that he was longing for a drink from the well in Bethlehem. So, the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from that very well in Bethlehem.

Yet when David learned that his own men risked their lives to get the water for him, he poured the water out on the ground. For those observing this, it must have been confusing as the warriors had just risked their lives to get the special water, and David merely threw it on the ground.

However, David saw things differently. He understood that the liquid that his men brought back was far more precious than mere water to quench his thirst. Therefore, he decided to forego his flesh to offer the precious water as an offering to God.

During the Lent season, we are constantly faced with choosing between our flesh and spirit, but when we make the right choice, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. What are you choosing to offer up to God today to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, allow these words to encourage you: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, choose your spirit over your flesh.

B Moments, renew

Renew Your Spirit to Love and Be Loved

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

Scripture reference: James 4:8 (ESV)

Today, both love and spiritual renewal are in the air as it is both Valentine’s day and the first day of the Lent season. It is the perfect day to love and be loved as well as to acknowledge your own spiritual growth.

Since it is the first day of Lent, I can easily recall the times I started a fast and was not able to keep up with it. I also distinctly remember the times that I gave up something in particular, like red wine or sweets, and then was invited to a social outing where I ended up going back on my word.

I also recollect the times when I fasted with a group of ladies to further my intimacy with the group, rather than to deepen my relationship with God.

Yet today, those days are behind me. I’ve learned to give up those things that create a distance between myself and God. For instance, rather than just giving up sweets and coffee, I work to give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

When I give up the things that distance me from God, I can feel myself going into a deeper communion with Him. This renews my spirit. When I’m feeling renewed, it also means I’m in a better place to love and to be loved.

Therefore, remember to do two things. One: acknowledge yourself for how far you have come on your journey. Two: identify a behavior that you need to let go. This, in turn, will allow you to go deeper with God.

While you do that, recall these few words: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 (ESV)

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So today, renew your spirit to love and be loved.

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, respond

How to Respond to the Doubters

While it would be nice if everyone around us had good intentions and believed in God’s hand in our lives, that isn’t always the case. However, we still need to persevere, following God’s will and spreading His light. Therefore, we need to come up with several ways to deal with those with ill intentions. That way, we can continue to praise and follow God, undeterred.

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B Moments, ego

Respond in Spirit, Not in Ego

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of responding to situations through our spirit versus our ego.

Recently I have been talking a lot about how Christ responded to people with ill intentions, like his brothers and those who came to find him the day after he fed the 5,000.

Recall that after Jesus fed the 5,000, there were some who showed up the very next day to be fed by Christ again. When he came in contact with them, he told them that they were only there because of what Jesus could do for them, not because of who Jesus was.

However, they begin to chant at him, demanding that he become their king. They chanted this at Jesus with clenched fists, passionate down to the last person.

Yet Jesus responded that their chanting was not the way. They were attempting to accomplish all of that through force, and Jesus wasn’t going to respond to violent chanting. They tried very hard to play into Jesus’ ego.

This was their mistake, though. Jesus teaches us that when things in the natural realm are playing into our ego, we must reach for those things in the spiritual realm.

The words that I use to encourage myself through this are: “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, let us lean on those teachings of Christ, and respond in spirit rather than in ego.

B Moments, bmoments

Tuning Into Our Inner Voice

B Moments, bmoments

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 3:12 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the growing number of false prophets. Recently, I was talking with a lady who will sometimes offer spiritual guidance to others. As I was listening closely to her speak, it seemed like every other sentence she was saying included, “…the spirit told told me this,” or “…the spirit told me that.”  I thought to myself – “Are we talking about the same Spirit? Are we serving the same Spirit, because the Spirit that I’m in relationship with doesn’t just show up on demand like that.”

I am very familiar with that still small voice. I know when it’s God, and only God communicating to me.  However, even when I call on that Voice, it doesn’t always come when I call upon It.  This is usually because God is trying to build an inner strength in me, and to teach me how to trust Him more.

My second observation, certainly without a judgmental eye, was that her life in general didn’t seem reflective of what she was saying.

Sometimes, I think we shouldn’t shy away from testing the source of those who wish to offer counsel, especially spiritual counsel.   I think the best prescription is to politely step away, and to choose not to fill our hearts and minds with things that are not of the same Spirit that we serve.

The Words that I use to guide me are – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit but tests the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have gone into the world.” 1 John 4:1 (KJV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about the importance of community. Please share this reflection with others, so that we may all be reminded of the importance of the veracity of advice.

So today, if someone is trying to give you spiritual advice, do as the Scriptures teach us and test their spirit.