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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.

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Remember to Give God the Glory

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

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am remembering to give God the glory.

This holiday season, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of giving. The highest form of giving is to give God the glory. All that you have accomplished this year, and all you will accomplish in the next, won’t be done in your strength alone.

Sometimes, we can be so overjoyed with our victories that we can forget to give God the glory. This is the classic case of being caught up in our own strength. This was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites.

As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down. When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone who caused the walls to come down.

The Israelites, however, became overconfident in their own strength. When they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. Through their story, it is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us, we can suffer defeat.

If you’re finishing 2017 strong, or you have great things on the horizon in the new year, remember to give God the glory first. As you do so, keep these words on your heart: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so give Him the glory.

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God Is at Work Within You

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

Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God is at work within me.

Recently, I was talking about how God is at work; now, I want to bring that to a personal level and talk about how God works within us. I had this thought as I was reading about the quirky holidays in the month of October, and I learned that October 19th is Evaluate Your Life Day.

When I read that, I paused because sometimes I’m not in the mood to evaluate my life. Whenever I evaluate my life, I always uncover a place where I need to make a change—sometimes even in my core, where everything is second nature to me. Those are the things that are the most daunting to change.

However, what I lose sight of is that I wouldn’t be embarking on this change without tapping into God’s strength. While the task seems so daunting, and truly is daunting in my strength, I have to remind myself that I am doing this in His strength, too.

When you pinpoint that one thing you know you need to change, but that seems daunting, remember to turn it over to God because He is at work within you.

During those times I take something like that on, I cling to these words: “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)

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So today, know that He is working within you.

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Renew Your Strength in God

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to pivot back to God to renew our strength.

This is exactly how I believe David felt when he and his men returned home after being defeated by Saul. After they experienced such a great loss with Saul, they came home to find their wives and children missing. Imagine taking a trip that does not go well at all, then returning to find that things are even worse at home.

I know personally that when I feel like I’m being hit from all angles, the first thing I need to do is have a good cry. This is exactly what David and his men did. The Scriptures say that David and his men wept until they couldn’t weep anymore.

Yet here’s the key: once David dried his tears, he pivoted back to God for strength and guidance. Shortly thereafter, he gained clarity and wisdom about where to search for the missing women and children.

Furthermore, during his search, even David’s communication with God improved. It is clear that when your strength is restored, you can hear God’s direction for you. By pivoting back to God for strength, David was able to recover everything taken from him.

Sometimes we may see ourselves as weak or incapable when we need to regroup, but that’s a trap. God is waiting with open arms to give you rest and to renew your strength. So remember that as we cling to these words: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

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So today, pivot back to God and find your strength in Him.

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Is God Trying to Get Your Attention?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 7:26 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question: Is God trying to get your attention?

Recently, I talked about quirky holidays, specifically how October 19th is Evaluate Your Life Day. I especially focused on how I sometimes don’t like to evaluate my life because there is always something there that I’ll need to work on or change.

However, God recently conveyed to me that I need to actually begin to change something that I’ve been postponing for a long time. It’s interesting because His direction came to me while I was studying Samson’s story.

As you may recall, Samson was chosen by God to save the Israelites from the Philistines. Yet there was a time in Samson’s life when he moved away from God. He knew he needed to make a change, but he didn’t. He continuously ignored the signs God gave him.

In the end, Samson turned back to God and asked for His help and for His strength. The irony though, was that although Samson killed more Philistines in that final battle after asking for God’s help, he also ended up losing his own life that day.

The key takeaway here is that we don’t want to accomplish our life’s purpose but then not live to enjoy it and give thanks for it. We want to have time to use our story to make a good example for others to come.

With this story, God is surely trying to get our attention, and so let us cling to these words to remember: “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Matthew 7:26 (ESV)

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So today, is God trying to get your attention?

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Be Unafraid: Embrace God’s Call to Action

blog, callSometimes, when we hear the Lord call upon us to tackle an important task, we may ignore His voice. Instead of accepting that we were chosen to walk this path for a reason, we see all of our own shortcomings and flaws, and we decide that the call was meant for someone else. We turn our back on the duty our Father has called us to do because of our fear, doubts, and insecurities. Yet today, rather than turning our back or deferring to others, let’s own that call and take action.

How to answer God’s call to action:

  1. Trust that you were chosen for a reason. Even though you may feel as though you’re not the obvious choice for God’s mission, He has picked you because you are perfect for the job. For example, when the Israelites found themselves threatened by the Midianites, God chose Gideon to save them. Gideon was perhaps the last man one would consider when looking for a general to rally behind. He not only hid from the Midianites until the angel of the Lord came to find him, but he was also the weakest member of his family in the weakest clan of the Israelites. In other words, Gideon was not an obvious choice to save the Israelites, but God knew that he would be just the force they needed. So, although you may not seem to be the most connected, or influential, or strong, you were chosen for a reason. Simply have faith in yourself and in God’s choice, and find the courage to step out of your comfort and into your miracle. In your times of doubt recall these words: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
  2. Rely on His strength and take a step forward. When we are given a task from God, the magnitude of the issue can sometimes be overwhelming. In Gideon’s case, he asked God if he was the right man for the job over and over again since he wasn’t strong and he didn’t come from a powerful family or clan. Gideon felt as though the challenge of fighting off 100,000 Midianites wasn’t anywhere near something he could accomplish, so he stalled for a long time. Just as was the case with Gideon, we may sometimes feel as though we couldn’t possibly achieve a goal since we can’t even begin to see the finish line. Yet, when the task has been assigned by God, no problem is insurmountable. Simply rely on God’s strength, and anything is possible. All you have to do is take the first step forward. Remember these words to inspire you to take action: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
  3. Maintain your humility now and down the road. One of the most important parts of Gideon’s story is that he showed an incredible amount of humility—not only when he was chosen, but all the way up until he completed his task. Gideon realized that his strength and cunning alone could not overpower the Midianites, but that with God by his side, anything was possible. So, he never stopped giving credit to the Lord, and he continued to stave off arrogance and embrace sacrifice. That humility is one of the reasons that he was picked for the task of freeing the Israelites in the first place. It allowed him to never forget where his true power lay. To remind yourself of the importance of maintaining your humility—even after being handpicked for a task by the Lord—cling to these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by acting on God’s words to you.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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Renew Your Strength in Jesus Christ

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how to renew our strength.

Recently, I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Quite honestly, this seemed odd to me. I would understand if they cried out to God, or even complained to him. Yet instead, despite all they had been through, they chose to worship him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings, but as my dear friend Skye Jethani points out, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

Personally, my spiritual growth has come from realizing that when my heart is aching, or when I’m anxious about something, or I’m just not in the mood to worship, that it is more important than ever that I take the time to do so. By continuing to praise God and stay hopeful about the great things to come, we renew our strength.

Let us keep that in mind as we cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, renew your strength in Christ.

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To Succeed, Give God the Glory

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

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of remembering to give God the glory.

Recently, I’ve been talking about how we can accomplish great things in God’s strength. Yet sometimes, we can become so overjoyed with our victories, or that a certain situation is resolved, that we forget to genuinely give God the glory. Instead, we get caught up in our own strength.

When we turn to the Scriptures, we see this was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites. As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down.

Incredibly, they did, indeed, come down. 

When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone that caused the walls to come down.

Yet on the contrary, the Israelites became overconfident in their own strength, and when they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. It is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us the whole time, we suffer defeat.

The next time we need to be reminded to give God the glory, let us cling to these words: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so don’t forget to give Him the glory.

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God Wants to Fight Your Battles

There’s no doubt about the fact that we are strong people. However, that doesn’t mean that we can achieve all of our goals and overcome all of our obstacles alone. In fact, it is incredibly important that we remember to trust in God to guide us when the path ahead looks difficult. By depending on His strength and His love for us, we are able to accomplish even more fantastic feats than we ever could have dreamed.

Here are 3 ways to rely on the Lord for your toughest battles:

  1. Visualize the path. Sometimes, it may be challenging to see how God could possibly guide you down the treacherous road to success. In fact, you may even begin to lose hope and doubt His greatness because the obstacles ahead appear insurmountable. During these worries, make an effort to envision the glorious ways of God, His unwavering power, and His overwhelming love for you. When Joshua did this, for example, he was able to visualize how the Lord was going to safely lead a caravan carrying the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan River, despite its flooded state. So, the next time you need to rely on God to help you surmount seemingly unbeatable odds, remember these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
  2. Act through His strength. Some battles you are faced with may seem absolutely impossible, and you might be tempted to simply admit defeat. This was surely how Joshua felt when God commanded him to Canaan, a town reportedly inhabited by giants. Yet instead of cowering in the face of almost sure defeat, Joshua marched on the city because God was by his side. He was confident that the battle would be won and the giants would fall with God on the battlefield. While Joshua most likely would have lost battle if left to his own devices, the Lord’s strength overpowered every obstacle in Joshua’s way. When you need to remind yourself that your toughest battles will be won through God’s power, think of these words: “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live…I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)
  3. Send God an invitation. Although God will always go to bat for you and, with His power, will ensure your success, you must first invite God into your situation for His glorious resolution to take effect. We struggle in a variety of ways—everyday job stress, family crises, the sale of a home, conflicts with friends—and God wants to help you with every single one. To do that, you have to commune with Him. Write Him a letter, send Him a prayer, or simply spill it all out in your journal, and you will be overjoyed both at His answer to your problem and with the deepening connection between you. To recall the importance of opening yourself up to God so He can fight your battles with you, by your side, remember these words: “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by relying on God during your battle.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

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In God’s Strength, You Will Succeed

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:5 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about succeeding in God’s strength.

Lately, I have been studying in the book of Joshua. In the beginning of the Scripture, we know that Joshua had just stepped into Moses’ shoes—a predecessor unlike any other in his charisma, leadership, and connection to God.

Therefore, it’s easy to imagine that initially, many of the tasks that God assigned to Joshua felt daunting. Yet God always assured him that He was there to help him execute the tasks.

One day, as Joshua was approaching the town of Canaan, a place inhabited by giants, a transition took place.

It was then that God was no longer a coach on the sideline, telling Joshua which plays to execute. Instead, He actually put on the jersey Himself and stepped out onto the field with Joshua as the quarterback. In other words, when Joshua needed strength, God willingly stepped up to bat.

When this happens, the outcome is set, and the situation is resolved. If there is a battle, that battle is won.

Today, think about that situation in your life where you need to succeed and know that it is not possible without God’s strength—but that with God’s strength, success is assured. This Scripture contains the same words God said to Joshua, words I believe you and I need to remember as well: “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live…I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)

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So today, succeed in God’s strength.