B Moments, negative

One Negative Event Doesn’t Stop God

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how one person or negative event does not stop God.

Recently I was reading about the dispute that Barnabas and Paul had about John Mark. While they were traveling on their first mission trip, John Mark abruptly decided to leave. Yet as they were planning their second mission trip, John Mark decided he wanted to rejoin the group.

Paul was dead set against John Mark returning; however, Barnabas disagreed with him. Paul and Barnabas saw the situation with John Mark very differently, so they decided to part ways.

Without Barnabas, Paul was very concerned about the mission losing momentum. Paul couldn’t understand how he would be able to cover all of the territory he needed to by himself.

However, when Barnabas left, God sent Silas and Timothy to Paul. Together, the new group covered more than 3,000 miles of territory, spreading God’s word. Instead of this event causing them to lose momentum, they only gained it.

Oftentimes we can view what appears to be a negative event as a pivotal moment and assume things will only get worse. Or, if just one person is removed from the picture, we may think things will fall apart. This is especially true if we see these events only in the natural.

Let us be inspired to know that one event does not stop God as we hold onto these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, remember that no one event stops God.

B Moments, discount

How Often Do You Discount Your Value?

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking a question: how often do you discount your value?

Looking back at my own life, I can recall countless times I did just that. When I turn to the Scriptures, I see that the same is true for Gideon, who was chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, an army that significantly outnumbered Gideon and his men.

Although Gideon would be victorious in the end, his truest battle was within. He was considered the least among his family members, and his family members were the least among all of the other tribes. It is likely that this mindset of being less than others—and having that mindset reaffirmed day in and day out—caused Gideon to discount what he had to offer.

However, what I have learned is that when we discount ourselves, we are also discounting the presence of God in our lives. God is not expecting us to handle His assignments perfectly. Instead, he’d rather we step into that assignment trusting that He is working alongside us.

In Gideon’s case, most of his men died on the battlefield, leaving him with about 300 men to fight against 135,000 Midianites. Imagine that! Three hundred against 135,000; odds of 450 to one. Yet Gideon was still victorious.

Have you been discounting your value and not factoring in that God is right there with you? If so, hold onto these words: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

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So today, know your value.

B Moments, grit

What Is Your Grit Factor?

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

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, what is your grit factor?

Grit is defined as the ability to persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals despite a series of setbacks. Said another way, gritty people believe that everything will be alright in the end, and if it isn’t alright, it isn’t the end. I just love that.

When I turn to the Scriptures and think about who had a high grit factor, the woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years immediately comes to mind. She spent all of her money and her savings on doctors in the hopes they could heal her, but they were unsuccessful.

The woman was also viewed as ceremonially unclean because she had been bleeding for twelve consecutive years. She was cut off from many social activities and even from religious ceremonies.

Yet I think about the morning that this woman knew Jesus was coming to town. She thought that if she could only touch the fringe of his garment, she would be healed. Think about the morning: she got up, lost blood, and was very weak, yet she pressed her way through the crowd and got to the fringe of Jesus’ garment.

That woman had a high grit factor. Now I’m asking you about yours. What do you need to press toward God for? As you think about that, remember these words: ““Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life…” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, have a high grit factor.

B Moments, give

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.

B Moments, normal

God’s Path Doesn’t Always Take a Normal Course

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s path for your life doesn’t always take a normal course.

In this series, we’ve been examining the various ways we can settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of Peter’s healing of the lame man outside the temple to make this point.

As you may recall, Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer when a man who had been lame for forty years asked them for money. Peter told the man that he had no silver and gold to give him but that he could instead offer him healing in the name of Jesus.

Everyone in the town knew that the man had been lame since his birth forty years ago. Therefore, when they witnessed Peter healing him, 5,000 people turned to Christ.

However, the religious leaders were threatened by the power Peter demonstrated when he healed the lame man, so they called him in to speak before the council after they had arrested him. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter stood before the council with both confidence and humility as he told them how he healed the man by the power of Christ.

The religious leaders remained confused. They saw Peter as a common, uneducated man as they knew he had not gone through the normal training courses in their rabbinical schools. Yet he spoke with eloquence and authority about the way to salvation when standing before the court, which was similar to today’s Supreme Court.

Sometimes your life’s path doesn’t take the normal course that others or society believes it should take. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve settled but instead that God has another path for you. Cling to these words: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your different path.

B Moments, lesser

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of Your Life

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “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, stop settling.

B Moments, deeper

You Must Go Deeper to Go Higher

B Moments, deeper

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we must first go deeper to go higher.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how God chooses us for greater assignments and, ultimately, for greater blessings. I also spent quite a bit of time talking about Gideon’s life as an example of someone who saw themselves as unworthy and unqualified to receive God’s call.

Although there have been times that I’ve felt unworthy as well, what I’ve found puts me in the right frame of mind to receive greater is to be in deeper communion with God. In other words, if I want to go higher, I must first go deeper with Him.

When I studied the Scriptures, I noticed that Jesus always went deeper to go higher, especially in the Gospels. In the Gospels, Jesus spent a lot of time teaching and healing, yet if we look closely, there’s a pattern.

Jesus typically taught, healed, and then withdrew to the wilderness to be in deeper communion with God. This is a pattern that he repeated over and over again. He taught, he healed, then he withdrew to some remote area to be with God.

What we can draw from this is that the effectiveness of his work was directly linked to his communion with God. It is truly the foundation of all other actions.

Let us cling to these words as we inspire ourselves for greater: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

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So today, go deeper with God and go higher in your endeavors.

B Moments, simple

Seeing the Importance of Your Simple Role

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

We’re wrapping up our series on dealing with our inner child. Sometimes, our inner child can cause us to see our role as simple and make us miss the fact that our role in this life is very purposeful.

Recently, we’ve been talking about David’s transition to king and all that he endured between the time he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king. After David was anointed king by God, he would fulfill various roles that didn’t resemble a king at all.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul because as the spirit of the Lord left Saul, he went into bouts of deep depression. Therefore, David would play the harp for him to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

Although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture: “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, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

B Moments, marathon

Your Purpose Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today I am thinking about how my purpose is more of a marathon than a sprint.

When I look at the Scriptures, I think there’s one person who is an excellent example of looking at his assignment from God as more of a marathon. That man would be Zerubbabel. We read about him in the book of Ezra. He was a descendant of King David, and his task was to rebuild Solomon’s Temple.

While he was rebuilding the temple, he faced a lot of opposition both in and out of the rebuilding camp. There was a lot of infighting among the workers on the inside, and there were a lot of difficulties on the outside among the local citizens. There were also construction delays over which he had no control. It was a large, difficult project for numerous reasons, but Zerubbabel was up to the task.

The key lesson I take away from Zerubbabel’s example is that he knew how to define a short term distraction. He did not allow those short term issues to deter him from his long term focus. He kept a clear vision of his end goal. He essentially saw his work for God as a marathon and not a sprint.

Sometimes I can confuse the two so to get back on track, I stand on this scripture, “ Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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So today, realize that God has a marathon and not a sprint for you to run.

B Moments, outcome

Detach from Your Outcome

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how detaching from the outcome may be easier than we think.

Recently, we’ve been talking about Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. We know that even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark places on his journey, like being enslaved and imprisoned, God was not only with him everywhere he went, but God also gave him special favor in those places.

We also know that although things sometimes happened to Joseph that seemed to have no rhyme or reason, in the end, Joseph’s story is a very beautiful one.

If we apply this thinking to our own lives, we see that despite how dark things may seem, God and His favor are always with us. Even though we may struggle through seemingly unrelated events, in the end, they are all woven into a beautiful story. Knowing these things makes it much easier to detach from the outcome.

Joseph teaches us to not get caught up on the when and how. He simply reminded himself constantly that God was orchestrating a greater plan for his life. We know that Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace in the same day—something he could not have orchestrated on his own.

Do you need to detach from a situation that is, in a sense, imprisoning you today? If so, remember these words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, go free and detach.