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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, will

Have the Strength to Accept God’s Will

B Moments, will

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:10 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of accepting God’s will.

As we know, God’s will is very purposeful, and when we can embrace it, we are demonstrating our faith and trust in Him. I reflected on this very fact as I read about how the mob arrived with torches and swords and clubs to arrest Jesus. During that intense moment of confrontation, Peter took his sword and slashed off the ear of one of those who came to arrest Jesus.

Sometimes, fighting back can feel like a show of strength; you may feel as though you’ve taken a firm and necessary stand. However, true strength comes from being able to stand and endure what you know God has called you to endure.

For example, in that moment, Jesus instructed Peter to put away his sword. He reminded Peter that he could ask his Father to send thousands of angels to protect him, and God would send them instantly. Yet if he did, the Scriptures would not be fulfilled. In other words, God’s purpose would be unfulfilled.

Therefore, he asked Peter to trust him and to stand strong in that moment, knowing that it was imperative things go as planned.

If we’re in that moment of truth today, let us cling to this passage that we say all the time: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)

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So today, embrace God’s will.

B Moments, odds

God Is Mastering Your Insurmountable Odds

B Moments, odds

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 5:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God delights in difficult odds.

The Lord loves to bring a great victory our way, especially when the odds are stacked against us. That way, there can be no confusion as to how we overcame a seemingly impossible situation in the first place.

When I think about odds, I think about Gideon’s story. In fact, the story fascinates me so much that I did a little research about how the odds stacked up against Gideon.

As we know, Gideon was fighting the Midianites. He started out with 32,000 men while the Midianites stood at 135,000 men strong. Therefore, the odds were 4:1 against Gideon at the beginning.

As the battle progressed, God reduced Gideon’s army even further until it stood at 10,000 men while the Midianites still stood at 135,000. What are those odds? 13:1.

Finally, God shrunk his army even further. Why? Because he wanted Gideon to know that God alone would win the battle for him.

In the end, Gideon’s army was reduced to 300 against the Midianites’ 135,000. That is a frightening 450:1. Those odds seemed insurmountable. Yet with God, nothing is insurmountable.

While your plan belongs to you, the odds always belong to God. Therefore, let us cling to these words: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is mastering all odds.