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Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

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God Will Ensure You Have Enough

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about what it’s like to worry if there will be enough.

In this series, we’ve been talking about the many ways God will comfort you. One way is that God will hear your prayer and respond to it immediately.

But what happens when God’s response is not so immediate, and you’re enduring challenging times? This is what happened to the widow the prophet Elijah visited.

At the time of his visit, there was a serious drought going on. Yet when he initially greeted the widow, he asked her for a cup of water, then nonchalantly added that he also wanted a bite of bread.

The widow did what a logical person would do. She assessed the ingredients she had to make the bread and realized there wasn’t enough.

The widow told Elijah that she only had a handful of flour and a drop of cooking oil left in the bottom of the jug. She went on to say that she had planned to cook this last meal for her son and herself, and then she had planned to die.

Elijah stopped her in her tracks and blessed her with three important words: don’t be afraid. This is key. When we doubt if there will be enough, the next feeling is often fear.

Instead, Elijah told her to cook that last meal, but to bake him a loaf of bread first, saying that the Lord of Israel said there would always be plenty of flour and oil left in her containers until the drought was no more.

As you decontaminate your situation by releasing your fear, remember these words: “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

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So today, know that you have more than enough.

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Don’t Let Their Smallness Unravel You

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you should not let their smallness unravel you.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall how David ultimately responded to Nabal. One day, David sent a message to Nabal, who was a rich man who lived near the village of Carmel.

First, David opened his message by wishing Nabal peace and prosperity. Then, he went on to say that he and his men had stayed among Nabal’s shepherds, never harming any of them or stealing anything. In a sense, David was asking Nabal to reciprocate this kindness by offering his men food and water.

Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was in a drunken stupor and referred to David and his men as a band of outlaws. Needless to say, these were fighting words to David. Therefore, David instructed his men to get their swords immediately.

However, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, soon became aware of the situation. She immediately brought David and his men what they had asked for and apologized profusely for her husband. Asking David not to pay any attention to him, she said that Nabal was a fool, just as his name suggested.

Most importantly, Abigail told David that he should not allow the situation to become a blemish on his record when the Lord made him leader of Israel. David listened to Abigail and decided to not let Nabal’s smallness unravel him.

Are you dealing with a situation that has you on the brink of unraveling? If so, release that person or situation into God’s hands and embrace these words: “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let their smallness unravel you.

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Your Act of Kindness Pleases God

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

Scripture reference: 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our acts of kindness are pleasing to God.

Recently, we talked about all of the ways Jesus can reveal himself through others that we might miss. Here’s a beautiful story about how Rebecca didn’t miss it when a servant approached her.

As the story goes, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for this future wife.

Yet when the servant reached Rebecca’s town, he was exhausted. He was thirsty and hungry, and his camels were thirsty as well. Thankfully, Rebecca not only provided water for the servant, but she also offered to provide water for all ten of his camels.

Rebecca did not know the servant from Adam. She did not wonder whether she should be kind to him based on his merit.

Instead, Rebecca just acted in the moment. She capitalized on a situation where God could have been revealing Himself to her through a perfect stranger, and she responded in the right way, extending an act of love and kindness. When we behave like that, it is pleasing to God.

As we think about the next person that we are going to extend an act of love and kindness to, let us cling to these words: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

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So today, please God by being kind to someone else.

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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.

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Keep Your Eyes on 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 30:15 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our eyes on Christ.

Recently, I shared with you how I was feeling so low lately, and how I felt like I was being hit from all angles with one lemon after the other. To top it off, it felt like I was praying to a silent God. Hence my downward spiral began.

What I needed was to be reminded to stop focusing on the pain. Focusing solely on the pain only creates more pain. Instead of falling into this cycle, Jesus teaches us to keep our eyes on him.

Recall Peter’s story when he was attempting to walk on water. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Christ, he was able to rise above the circumstances of the wind and the rain and simply walk toward Christ. Yet the moment he took his eyes off Christ and began to focus on his storm, he lost his balance and his downward spiral began.

When we feel entrenched in pain, as though we are being hit by one lemon after another, it can be difficult to shift our focus. But when we do, when we can pinch ourselves and look to Christ, the healing begins.

To help pull ourselves up, let us be inspired by these words: “Only in returning to me and resting in me, will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

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So today, keep your eyes on Christ.

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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.

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God Uses You to Reveal His Miracles

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

Scripture reference: Acts 4:30 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God uses us to reveal His miracles.

Not long ago, I talked about the importance of keeping an open mind because we never know who or what God will choose to work through. As I mentioned before, I had this thought as I was reading about the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land, and how hungry and thirsty they had become on their journey.

In the story, God then instructed Moses to command a nearby rock to pour out its water so that everyone would be fulfilled. Not only did the people quench their thirst, but the livestock had their fill as well.

One other thing I noticed when reading this passage is that before God instructed Moses to strike the rock, He asked him to gather all the Israelites so they could witness firsthand this miracle that God was going to perform through Moses.

In reading this passage the first time, I had focused on how we never know who or what God will use to meet our needs. However, when I read it a second time, I could see that God used both the rock and Moses.

The Scripture said God specifically asked Moses to gather all the Israelites together. This underscores how God uses us to reveal His miracles.

Recently, I talked about my girlfriend who had a baby after many attempts, over many years. Her story gives me hope about what’s possible. God can pour water from a rock, and put a beautiful baby in a womb. He does these miraculous things around us all the time.

Therefore, let us be reminded of His miracles and cling to these words: “While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:30 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is using you to reveal His miracles.

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The Power of the Unexpected

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

Scripture reference: Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping an open mind about who or what God chooses to work through.

I had this thought when I was reading about the Israelites and their long journey toward the Promised Land. They became very hungry and thirsty along the way, so God instructed Moses to command a nearby rock to pour out its water.

Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and suddenly water spurted forth. There was actually enough water to satisfy both the people and their livestock.

After reading this passage, I thought to myself that we just never know who or what God will use to meet our needs. Moses and Aaron only saw a rock, so they didn’t think twice about that rock being their source for water—even though that is what ended up quenching their thirst.

In the same way, we may judge a person or a new opportunity and quickly dismiss it for not being a source that can fulfill our need. I know this is especially true for me because I oftentimes become fixated on one way a problem can be solved, and lose sight of all the other ways God can fulfill my needs.

While Moses and Aaron saw a rock, God saw the rock as His creation which could be used at His disposal at any time. Sometimes, it is the one we least expect or the new opportunity that we resist the most that God will choose to utilize to answer our prayers.

The next time we become fixated on our own way, let us remember His glory and power and cling to these words: “How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

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So today, keep an open mind because you never know who or what God will work through.