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.

B Moments, humility

Your Humility Will Be Rewarded

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

We started this week by honoring our unsung heroes. We’ve also talked about serving in the shadows. Let us top this series off by reminding ourselves about the power of humility. When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

Therefore, if you’re facing a daunting situation, try embodying a sense of humility and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

B Moments, shadows

Your Worth Shines, Even in the Shadows

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can serve powerfully in the shadows.

Recently, we talked about how Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner circle within those twelve. While we can quickly recall the names of his inner circle—Peter, James, and John—and perhaps even a few others, we may be challenged to list the names of all twelve disciples.

For example, when I turn to the Scriptures, I see that Andrew is hardly mentioned at all, yet he is one of Christ’s disciples. After studying the Scriptures, I learned that Andrew was the brother of Peter, and, given Peter’s notoriety, one might believe that Andrew lived in the shadow of his brother.

However, Andrew was actually the one to introduce Peter to Christ. His role was, in fact, bringing others to Jesus. In other words, he wasn’t in Christ’s inner circle, but he helped to fill it. Andrew learned how to serve powerfully in the shadows.

In your life, perhaps you find yourself behaving a little differently depending on the setting you’re in. Maybe you are a little more outgoing in your social circle, but tend to be more reserved and in the shadows at the office.

Andrew’s story teaches us that it doesn’t matter. God can still use you in His work and for His goodness no matter what. Andrew shows us that our name doesn’t have to be out front in bright lights for our worth to shine.

The next time we need to be reminded of how God uses those in the shadows to serve, remember these words: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, know that your worth shines, even in the shadows.

B Moments, unsung

Take the Time to Honor Your Unsung Heroes

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

Scripture reference: Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Today, I am honoring the unsung hero.

While we’re all familiar with the extraordinary people in the Bible, including Moses, Noah, Mary, and the disciples, there were other influential people who were not mentioned as frequently, but who stood in the shadows to help carry forward God’s message.

One person who was particularly significant was Tychicus in the New Testament. As we know, Paul authored more than half of the New Testament. What we sometimes fail to acknowledge though, is that Tychicus helped Paul spread the gospel once it was written.

Tychicus’ role was to go to certain towns ahead of Paul to set the stage. In other words, he would speak directly to the hearts of the people before Paul came to address them.

In modern terms, we would most likely refer to Tychicus as Paul’s opening act. He prepared the crowd so that by the time Paul reached the stage, so to speak, they were ready to receive his message and embrace his teachings.

Personally, I must confess that this is an area I had to grow into. There was a time in my life when, if I did something great, I wanted to be out in front. I didn’t mind serving, but I didn’t want to serve in the shadows.

Yet, what I have learned is that the more my actions are motivated by my spirit rather than by my ego, the less public recognition matters to me. Also, it puts me in a place where I can acknowledge another person who is working in the shadows.

The next time you are serving in the shadows, let these words inspire you: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)

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So today, honor your unsung heroes.

B Moments, little

How Do You Turn Your Little into More?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

B Moment listeners, we’re not back in the studio just yet as I’m still in New York.

Today, I’m thinking about how God can turn your little into more. Yesterday, we talked about the graduation season and how, looking back on certain parts of our journey, we can claim that every step was worth it.

When I think more about it, graduation is about ending one season and starting a new one. Starting something new means we begin at an entry level where our earnings may be very little.

However, if we follow the teachings of Jesus, he shows us how to turn our little into more. He explained that there was a man going on a long trip, so he called his servants together. Giving one of his servants five bags of gold, the man told him to invest it for him while he was gone.

After he left, the servant was actually able to double the man’s initial investment of five bags of gold, so that when the man returned, there were ten bags of gold. Joyfully, he praised the faithful servant for a job well done. Additionally, because the servant had been trustworthy with the small amount, the man decided to begin giving him more responsibilities.

At the same time, the man had also given one bag of gold to another servant. Instead of investing it though, the servant buried it and did not produce any profit. That servant did not earn the man’s trust and instead, lost responsibilities.

The key is to embrace where you are and excel in your tasks, knowing that God is watching. Once you’ve mastered that entry level, He will surely open the doors to more.

The next time you need to be encouraged about your little turning to more, remember these words: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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So today, invest well and be confident that your “more” is on the way.