B Moments, be right

Resist the Urge to Always Be Right

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

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about that insatiable desire to be right.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall the heated exchange between Moses and a group of Levites. The Levites were frustrated because they were not in the Promised Land yet, and they didn’t feel as though Moses was leading them correctly. They looked at their current life in the wilderness and thought that they would be far better off in Egypt.

At one point, there was a confrontation between the Levites and Moses.  Moses was insulted because he was receiving his instructions directly from God. In his mind, he was doing the very best he could in that moment, yet the Levites didn’t trust him to lead.

The amazing thing is that in the middle of the heated exchange, Moses fell to the ground and began to pray for the Levites. Imagine that! This really caught my attention because when I think about how divided our country has become, including all the political dialogue and bitter exchanges, I realize how important Moses’s actions are today.

Do you sometimes have that insatiable desire to be right? I know for sure that is where some of my work lies. In that moment of contention, we should take a step back and do what Moses did—pray for the healing of the other person whether we’re right or wrong.

If you’re like me, let us hold onto these words: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

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So today, resist the urge to be right.

B Moments, changes

God Knows the Moment Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

This is something I reflected on as I read about Rahab. More specifically, I was comforted by her story because it made clear how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered the town of Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Reading about this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart had changed, but He knew the moment she made the switch and desired Him more than her lifestyle.

I think it’s important for us to be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of our hearts and even knows the actions we may end up taking next. As you think about that, hold onto these few words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes.

B Moments, line

Are You Willing to Put Everything on the Line?

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

Scripture reference: James 4:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you willing to put it all on the line?

Recently we talked about having a high grit factor, and we defined grit as the ability to persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals despite a series of setbacks. As an example of someone with a high grit factor, we talked about the woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years because she knew how to persevere.

The morning the woman learned that Jesus was coming to town, she got up, prepared herself, and pressed her way through a very large crowd. She thought that she could be healed if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment—and she was, in fact, healed.

Yet there was another person mentioned in the same passage who demonstrated a high grit factor as well, but in a different way. This man’s name was Jairus. He approached Christ to come and heal his daughter.

Jairus was a significant person in society because he was the leader of the synagogue. Yet when he approached Jesus, he fell to Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come and heal his daughter before the large crowd.

Jairus knew how to put it all on the line. He dismissed his pride and his title and what others might think of him. He was humble. He surrendered before God to get what he needed.

What do you need to put on the line? As you think about that, remember these words: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 (ESV)

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So today, put it all on the line.

B Moments, respond

Respond with Love in the Face of Evil

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us to not respond to evil with evil.

Recently we talked about how Jesus asked us to pray for the happiness of those who curse us. Yet it can be very difficult to pray for the happiness of another who is intentionally trying to harm you. If you know this person is jealous of you, it can feel even more difficult.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s relationship with Saul. Saul became jealous of David when he realized that God had chosen David to replace him as king. Saul was not only trying to harm David, but he tried to kill him on several occasions. However, David chose not to respond to evil with evil.

After Saul’s death, David inquired about Saul’s surviving family members. During these times, it was common to kill the heirs of former monarchs, so David could have killed all of Saul’s surviving relatives. Yet instead, he chose to invite Saul’s crippled and neglected grandson to live with him in the palace.

The key is that your response to evil is far less about them than it is about Him. As you celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King today, let us celebrate the fact that he was also a man who didn’t respond to evil with evil. I’m sure there were times when he couldn’t take one more ounce of disappointment or pain, yet he demonstrated love and nonviolence toward all those who afflicted him.

As you celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King today, hold onto these words: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

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So today, don’t repay evil with evil.

B Moments, dismiss

Don’t Dismiss Those with Ill Intentions

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

Scripture reference: Romans 14:1-4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us not to be so quick to dismiss those with ill intentions.

Recently, we talked about practicing towdah, which is praising God for our future blessings. We also talked about how God hears both our spoken and our unspoken prayers. Now, I’m thinking about how, when I feel as though I am in a season of experiencing a shower of God’s blessings, I try to check myself to make sure that I’m being a blessing to others.

However, I think it is fair to say that sometimes it’s not always easy to be a blessing to everyone. I’m reminded of the time when Jesus fed the 5,000 and how the following morning, many of those same people came back to be fed by Jesus again.

When they met with him, he told them that the only reason they wanted to be with him was because he had fed them—not because of who he was. He told them that they shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food but should instead spend their energy seeking eternal life through God.

I thought this was very interesting because sometimes the moment we sense a person is just in our company for what we have or what they think we can do for them, our first inclination may be to distance ourselves from them or to cut them off altogether.

However, Jesus teaches us not to be so quick to dismiss these people. He shows us that he was able to rise above their shortsightedness and to help them to understand God’s glory and the eternal bread of life, despite their initial ill intentions.

The next time you’re inclined to dismiss a person, remember these words: “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions…It is before his own master that he stands or falls…” Romans 14:1-4 (ESV)

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So today, let’s make sure God gets the glory before we dismiss them.

B Moments, divided

Conflicted: Seeking God’s Will One Day, Yours the Next

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the cost of a divided heart.

In this series, we’re taking a closer look at Solomon’s life. Recently, we talked about Solomon’s insatiable desire for wealth and material possessions. He took on a mindset that he needed just one more wife, just one more chariot. This led him to have 700 wives and 1,400 chariots.

Solomon’s first downfall came when he allowed the influences of this world to pull him further and further away from God. His next downfall came when he allowed his heart to become divided. He wanted things both ways. He did things God’s way one day and his way the next.

We know that Solomon had a weakness for women, which led him to marry many foreign women. God warned Solomon about this because the foreign women worshiped other gods.

Initially, Solomon built little shrines for his wives so they could burn their incense and make sacrifices to their gods. Yet before long, Solomon joined his wives in worshiping these other gods.

This ultimately led to Solomon’s undoing. Evil gained a foothold into his heart, which caused his wholehearted love for God to become divided. He worshiped his heavenly Father one day and the earthly gods the next.

Is your heart conflicted today? Are you doing what God asked you to do one day and doing what you desire the next? As you reflect on that, let us cling to these words from Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

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So today, trust Him wholeheartedly.

B Moments, excess

Avoid Letting Excess Creep into 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: 1 John 4:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how excess can creep into our lives.

In this series, we’ll be taking a closer look at Solomon’s life. Shortly after Solomon was named king, God appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you.”

Solomon said, “Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well.” God replied, “I will give you what you ask for—a wise mind—and I will also give you what you didn’t ask for—riches and honor.”

Just imagine God appearing to you in a dream and telling you, “I will give you what you ask for and even what you didn’t ask for.” What more could you desire? How could that not be enough?

But for Solomon, it wasn’t enough. Solomon’s lifestyle soon became excessive. He had 700 wives, 300 concubines, 1,400 chariots, and 12,000 imported horses. So, what happened to Solomon? Why all of this excess?

Solomon began to allow the influences of the world to dictate his value. These influences pulled him further and further away from God. When this happens, emptiness is sure to follow. Solomon tried to fill his emptiness, but with the wrong things—just one more wife, just one more chariot.

Do you find yourself in a place where you think just one more hour of work, one more gadget, one more pair of shoes will do the trick? Let’s take it from Solomon that it won’t. If excess has started to creep into your life, remember these words: “…for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (ESV)

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So today, let go of excess.

B Moments, repay

Let God’s Hand Repay Evil

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should let God’s hand repay evil and not ours.

Recently, I was talking about the story of David and Nabal. Nabal was a wealthy man who lived near the village of Carmel.

When David was near Carmel, he sent Nabal a friendly message asking for food and water for his men. Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was drunk and called David and his men a band of outlaws.

Luckily, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, reached David first and convinced him not to kill her husband. David thanked her for her wise counsel and blessed her for preventing him from carrying out vengeance with his own hands.

After Abigail resolved matters with David, she returned home to find her husband still drunk. She decided to tell him everything that had happened the next day when he was sober.

However, when she told him how she had handled things with David, Nabal immediately had a stroke. The Scriptures say that ten days later, the Lord struck him and he died. When David learned of Nabal’s death, he praised the Lord for paying back Nabal and keeping David from doing it himself.

Are you on the fence about whether you should take matters into your own hands? If so, pass the situation from your hands to God’s and hold on to these words instead: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17 (ESV)

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So today, let only God’s hand repay any wrongdoings that have been done against you.

B Moments, spin

Avoid Putting Your Own Spin on God’s Will

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes we can put our own spin on fulfilling God’s will.

In this series, we are talking about embracing God’s will and about how sometimes we can miss the mark. King Saul’s life is a perfect example of this.

One day, Saul was given specific instructions from God to go and destroy the Amalekites. The Amalekites were being killed because of their opposition to the Israelites when they came from Egypt.

Saul was instructed to kill the entire nation, including the cattle, sheep, and donkeys—everything. Yet when Saul mobilized his army of 200,000, he slaughtered the Amalekites but spared the king and kept all the cattle, despite God’s clear instructions.

When Samuel, the prophet, questioned Saul about it, he said that he had obeyed the Lord. In fact, he said that he intended to sacrifice the cattle before the Lord.

However, God didn’t ask Saul to sacrifice; He asked him to obey. Partial obedience is not obedience. Saul fulfilled part of God’s will and put his own spin on the rest.

How often do we do this? We fulfill part of what God is asking us to do and then we try to overcompensate in another area. If that might be you today, let these words inspire you: “…so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

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So today, avoid putting your own spin on God’s will and just embrace it.

B Moments, stand

Challenge the Status Quo for God

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

Scripture reference: James 4:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can occasionally move so far away from what really matters to God. When this happens, we have to challenge the status quo and take a stand for what really matters to Him.

This is what Jesus did when he saw that the temple had become a marketplace. It’s important to note that all stories about Jesus aren’t reflected in each gospel, but this story is told in all four gospels, hence its significance.

Let me set the scene. The Israelites were coming to Jerusalem from all over to celebrate Passover. In addition to the tithes that they paid when they arrived, which were a tenth of their earnings, there was also a temple tax that they had to pay for the upkeep of the temple.

Because the Israelites traveled from several different places, they arrived with multiple currencies. Therefore, there were also money changers on hand to exchange those currencies, and they often did so at a premium exchange rate.

Since it was Passover, people in the temple were also selling animals to be sacrificed. It was clear that the central objective of the operation was to get as much money out of the people as they could. This made it much more like a marketplace than a house of worship. In fact, the people at the temple had moved so far away from what mattered to God that Jesus had to chase them out.

In your community or your place of worship, do you need to challenge the status quo? As you think about that, remember these words: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17 (ESV)

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So today, take a stand for what matters to God.