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B Moments, spirit and truth

Wherever You Are, Worship in Spirit and Truth

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 am reminding us about the importance of worshiping in truth and in spirit.

We are approaching summer, and I must say that I am so grateful that June is finally here. This is the time of year for travel and fun times with family and friends.

With that thought in mind, however, it is also those summer months where we can be most thrown off our routine. This reminds me of the importance of always remembering to worship in spirit and in truth, whether you’re in the comforts of your own home, or you’re off somewhere on vacation.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of 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 had 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.

Jesus was teaching us that all of that other stuff that sometimes we may place more emphasis on 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.

This summer, if your schedule is all over the place, just remember these words when you do worship: “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, worship in spirit and truth.

B Moments, reputation

Your Reputation Is a Form of Worship

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 22:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our reputation can be a form of worship.

This rang true for me when I was reading about Boaz and Ruth. As you may recall, Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, lost her husband and two sons, so she decided to return to her hometown. However, Ruth didn’t want her to return home alone so she went with her.

One day, Ruth was working in the fields, and Boaz offered her food and water. She immediately began to try to figure out why he was being so kind to her. She didn’t know him and she was a foreigner in his land, so she couldn’t understand his kindness.

When she asked him why he was being so kind to her, he told her that he didn’t know her, but he knew about the love and kindness she had shown her mother-in-law.

In other words, he hadn’t met her personally, but he had met her reputation. He had been made aware of her kind and loving ways some time ago.

This is a good idea for us to reflect upon because when our reputation is solid, that is another way that we honor and worship God. In fact, we may even bring others to Him through our actions.

As we think about our reputation and what may need to be tweaked here and there, let us cling to these words: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches; and favor is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1 (ESV)

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So today, make sure your reputation is a form of worship.

B Moments, moment

Have the Faith to Embrace Your Moment

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should be careful not to miss our moment.

I was recently reading about Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. If you look at Zechariah’s life, he was a godly man. He was a priest who worshiped God often. In fact, the Scriptures say that he obeyed all of God’s commandments, so it is clear that he was a faithful man.

However, when the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he was overwhelmed with fear. The angel encouraged him to not be afraid. He told Zechariah that God was going to bless him and his wife with a son named John, and that many people would rejoice at John’s birth.

Yet this priest, this man of faith, still responded with doubt. He asked the angel how he could know for sure that this would all occur.

He missed his moment.

All of his years of worshiping and living as a godly man didn’t strengthen his faith when he needed it most. This prompts us to reflect on our own lives. When God wants to bless us with a new chapter, we shouldn’t miss our moment by doubting or by staying on that fence for too long.

Let us begin to see ourselves putting our hand into God’s hand and embracing the blessings He has for us. As we do so, let us cling to these treasured words: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, don’t miss your moment.

B Moments, action

God Rejoices When You Take Action

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

Scripture reference: James 1:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our words can be put to the test through action.

As I was reading in the book of Ezra about Ezra’s journey, I was so struck by how clear it was that this was an integral part of his testimony. Ezra was collecting treasures for the temple of God, and he arranged a caravan of several hundred Levites and priests to help him safely deliver these priceless treasures.

Even though Ezra had a sizable caravan, the king was still concerned about being attacked by enemies because the journey was to be four months long. Most significantly, he was worried that the treasures for the temple would ultimately be stolen.

The king was pagan, but Ezra had already testified that our God protects all those who worship Him. However,  the king and some of those in the caravan were still concerned, particularly those who were traveling with their families and children.

It was then that Ezra’s words about what God does for those who worship Him were put to the test. Ezra faced a choice. He could either panic, turn to the king, and ask for more horsemen and soldiers to travel with them for protection, or he could turn to God and ask Him to continue protecting them.

In the end, Ezra turned to God. He ordered the entire caravan to pray and fast, and they made it to their destination four months later.

The words that I use to inspire me are: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (ESV)

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So today, let your actions back up your talk.

blog, tragic

In Tragic Times, Christ Will Heal You

blog, tragicWe’ve all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey has wreaked. Whether or not we’ve been personally affected, the hurricane has left us thinking about what we can do in the wake of terrible tragedy. In truth, the best thing we can do in these tragic situations is to help others while worshiping Christ.

Here are 3 methods to cope with tragedy when it strikes:

  1. Trust that Jesus is the resurrection. In the gospel of John, Jesus taught an incredibly important lesson through one of his last miraculous acts. In the Scripture, he allowed Lazarus to die so that he could bring him back from the dead four days later. The purpose waiting was so that God’s glory could be showcased through Lazarus’ revival. It showed that Jesus is the resurrection and that his light can be seen in the darkest of circumstances. Therefore, during those difficult times, the times when it feels as though everything has been taken from you, recall that Jesus, the resurrection, will restore everything to you. So today, hold Jesus’ power of resurrection in your heart and remember these words: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
  2. Make time for real worship. In stressful times, it can be difficult to remember to worship in the way God intended. For example, after Lazarus was raised from the dead, his sisters threw a gigantic celebration to thank Jesus. During the party, one of the sisters spent all of her time running around, trying to make everything perfect for Jesus. Because of all the stress she was under, this first sister neglected to sit by Jesus and hear his stories. However, the other sister spent the entire time sitting at Jesus’ feet and clinging onto his every word. Although the first sister meant well, Jesus pointed out that while she was chasing perfection, her sister had already found it and, in doing so, had worshiped him in the truest way possible. In other words, in times of stress it might be hard to focus wholly on worshiping Jesus in the unfailing way he intended, but it is more important than anything else you could possibly do. Therefore, hold these words in your heart: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)
  3. Show others endless mercy and compassion. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to ignore those in need. Take the story of the Good Samaritan. When a Jewish man was robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road, several people passed him without helping before a Samaritan walked up to him, bandaged his wounds, and took him to an inn where he could further heal. In other words, the injured man was left for dead by numerous people before the Good Samaritan finally came to the rescue. So, in times of tragedy—and in your everyday life—make sure you treat others just as you would your neighbor since we are all brothers and sisters in God’s love. The next time you are debating whether or not to show compassion and mercy to another, keep these words in your heart:“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that Jesus will lead you through tragic times.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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Worship God in Truth and in Spirit

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 us. I’m asking if we are worshiping in spirit and in truth.

I had this thought because I am still reading and reflecting on the Scripture about when Jesus had an exchange with a Samaritan woman at a well.

Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet and that made her inclined to ask him about many things. One of the questions that she asked was why Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while Samaritans claimed the correct place was at Mt Gerizim where their ancestors worshiped.

Jesus replied that the truth was that the time was coming when it would no longer matter whether one worshiped the Father here or there because true believers worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my practices because there are so many various notions that we come up with as to who’s actually worshiping genuinely and who’s not. Sometimes we size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I have been to a number of churches where something as simple as a person’s dress makes others believe they know about the quality of that person’s worship.

However, in this passage, Jesus says that that’s immaterial to him. He’s more interested that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So the next time we are entering into a place of 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 spirit and in truth.

B Moments, Taking a Stroll with God

Taking a Quiet Stroll with God

B Moments, Taking a Stroll with 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 6:30

This morning I am feeling the Power of God’s Springtime. Some time ago, I started what I call my God Walks. It’s a form of exercise that allows me to be in communion with God while walking without music blaring in my ears.

Recently, while walking, this beautiful patch of flowers caught my eye. They were perfectly positioned at an angle.  To me, it looked like they were doing a graceful yoga stretch towards the light.  In a flash, it felt like these flowers were teaching me. If these flowers were stretching towards their light, how much could I be stretching towards my light, or rather the source of my Light?

I think, honestly, I’ve mastered how to stretch my hand to God when I am in need. I’m also really good at stretching my hand back in praise and thanksgiving. Where I can grow is stretching in my worship, which is dwelling in His presence for no reason at all. I can also be more of service to others, not out of duty, but out of love.

I think Springtime reminds me of one of the ways that God loves us and when we stretch ourselves back, that is our expression of our love back to Him.

The words on my heart are, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you.” Matthew 6:30 (TLB)

Please find some light and beauty, as you go about your day and share that and this, with others.

Let’s stretch ourselves towards His light and let your renewed spirit be infectious.