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, shift

Consciously Shift Your Thoughts and Words

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about what’s possible when we shift our thoughts and words.

Recently, we talked about the importance of disallowing or rejecting negative beliefs. Specifically, we discussed the story of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know. Later on, this woman would master how to disallow negativity to the extent that she would not even speak of it when she witnessed it with her own eyes.

One day, the woman’s son was working outdoors when he became ill. A servant brought him to the woman, and she held him on her lap. However, around noontime, the Scriptures say he died.

Without hesitation, the woman promptly laid her son’s body on the bed and immediately called for a donkey so that she could travel to see Elisha. Her husband questioned her about going at that particular time. She simply replied that all would be well.

As she was traveling on the donkey to Elisha, he saw her in the distance and sent his servant to meet her. When the servant greeted her, he specifically asked her, “Is everything well with you? With your husband? With your son?”

Her reply to all of it was, “It is well.” The woman seemed to have gained a keen understanding of the power of her words.

Now I ask you, is there a situation in your life that you’ve written off or claimed as dead, but you now see the opportunity to shift your thoughts and words about it? As you think about that, remember these words: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

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So today, watch your thoughts and words.

B Moments, idolatry

Do You Avoid the Many Shades of Idolatry?

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 the many shades of idolatry.

In this series, we’ve been studying Solomon’s missteps. His first misstep was when he allowed the influences of this world to pull him further and further away from God. His next misstep came when he allowed his heart to become divided. He ended up doing things God’s way one day and his way the next.

His ultimate misstep was when he allowed idolatry to creep into and take over his life. We know that shortly after Solomon was named king, his number one priority was to build God’s temple. Solomon took constructing God’s temple seriously, only hiring the most skilled laborers and only purchasing the finest building materials.

Once the temple was built, Solomon offered several thousand sacrifices, and he knelt before everyone to dedicate the new temple. Yet shortly thereafter, Solomon started to build his own house. It took him seven years to build the temple for God, but it took him thirteen years to build his house, which ended up being larger than the temple. Even though Solomon started out with the highest intentions, over time, idolatry crept in.

We see that idolatry has many shades—that desire to have the most and the finest. We can even idolize others and their opinions of us. Let us be conscious of the many shades of idolatry by remembering these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let anything become more important to you than God.

B Moment, changes

Be Encouraged: God Knows When 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)

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

Sometimes, I can be hard on myself when I believe I have fallen short. It’s a classic case of knowing better, yet feeling as though I am not yet doing better. This is something I especially reflected on while reading about Rahab.

I was comforted after reading Rahab’s story because I realized just how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered 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.

Hearing this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart, but He knew when she had a change of heart and began to desire to know Him better.

Therefore, let us be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of us, our hearts, and the actions we may take next. Let us cling to these 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 even if your actions don’t fully reflect this change just yet.

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, flesh

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.

B Moments, dance

Your Two-Step Dance: Trust and Act

B Moments, dance

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we must trust and act. Think of it like a two-step dance. Trust and act. Trust and act.

In this series, we’ve been focusing on those things that prepared Jesus for Calvary. Sometimes, God is preparing you for greater, but you can’t see it. You might make snap judgments about a certain situation and want it to be removed from your life when God is actually using that very situation to prepare you for greater.

We also talked about how our spirit might be fully prepared to take the next step, but our flesh isn’t. Jesus teaches us that we overcome weakness by desiring His will more than our own.

Then, there may come a time when you are prepared, and your next move is to give all of you in that moment. I’m sure the woman who poured her expensive perfume over Jesus’ head had been saving it for some time, yet she couldn’t become trapped in the security of saving it. Instead, she had to trust and act.

When the woman gave all of herself in that moment, tuning out Peter’s remarks that she was being wasteful, Jesus responded with: “I assure you wherever the good news is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.”

What are you prepared to do, but are hesitating about due to the security of inaction? As you reflect on that, let these words inspire you: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

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So today, put your dancing shoes on to trust and act.

B Moments, retaliate

Stay the Course: Resist the Urge to Retaliate

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 20:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about resisting the urge to retaliate.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and how he didn’t allow himself to become distracted from his life’s purpose. We’ve discussed that one way to become distracted is by being preoccupied with the actions of others. Another way we can be thrown off course is by retaliating in the moment.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the mob that arrived with torches and swords to arrest Jesus. During that intense moment of confrontation, Peter retaliated, taking his sword and slashing off the ear of one of those who came to arrest Jesus.

Sometimes when an injustice occurs, retaliating in the moment can seem like the next logical step. It may seem like the only way to ensure the outcome is fair. It can also feel like a show of strength when it is needed most.

Yet as followers of Christ, we know there is a higher calling. We know that true strength comes from being able to stay the course and endure what God has called us to endure for a greater purpose.

That night in the garden of Gethsemane, despite the grave injustice, Jesus stayed his course. Therefore, let your urge to retaliate dissolve into the hands of God and instead, cling to these words: “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.” Proverbs 20:22 (ESV)

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So today, resist your urge to retaliate.