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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)

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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.

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A Rainstorm of Blessings Awaits You

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently, we’ve been talking about remodeling our spiritual life, including remodeling our prayers. We’re all also familiar with what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about your next move, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, get your umbrella out for your rainstorm of blessings.

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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.

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Don’t Let Their Smallness Unravel You

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you should not let their smallness unravel you.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall how David ultimately responded to Nabal. One day, David sent a message to Nabal, who was a rich man who lived near the village of Carmel.

First, David opened his message by wishing Nabal peace and prosperity. Then, he went on to say that he and his men had stayed among Nabal’s shepherds, never harming any of them or stealing anything. In a sense, David was asking Nabal to reciprocate this kindness by offering his men food and water.

Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was in a drunken stupor and referred to David and his men as a band of outlaws. Needless to say, these were fighting words to David. Therefore, David instructed his men to get their swords immediately.

However, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, soon became aware of the situation. She immediately brought David and his men what they had asked for and apologized profusely for her husband. Asking David not to pay any attention to him, she said that Nabal was a fool, just as his name suggested.

Most importantly, Abigail told David that he should not allow the situation to become a blemish on his record when the Lord made him leader of Israel. David listened to Abigail and decided to not let Nabal’s smallness unravel him.

Are you dealing with a situation that has you on the brink of unraveling? If so, release that person or situation into God’s hands and embrace these words: “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let their smallness unravel you.

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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.

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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.

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You Can Effect Change Without a Title

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)

Today, I am thinking about how you don’t need a title to effect change.

In this series, we’re focusing on how we interact with those in positions of power. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the story of Cornelius. The Scriptures describe Cornelius as a devout man who feared God. He gave generously to charity, and he prayed regularly.

One afternoon, an angel of the Lord appeared before him and said, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed by God.” The angel then instructed him to send for Peter, and a few days later, Peter appeared in his home.

However, when Peter arrived, he told Cornelius that it was against Jewish law to enter a Gentile’s home. Yet Peter quickly realized that God wanted him to release that way of thinking.

Later that day, in the home of Cornelius, both Gentiles and Jews met, and the Holy Spirit entered the home and fell on all of them. Cornelius effected change not as a Jewish elite with a title, but as a mere Gentile.

The story of Cornelius reminds me of how these young students across the country are responding to the recent mass killing in Parkland, Florida. These young people only bear the title of student. They don’t hold an office and many are not even old enough to vote.

Yet despite their lack of title, they are pledging to help change gun legislation in our country in an effort to save more lives.

Let us release any fear we might have about effecting change as we remember 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, ask yourself, who needs a title?

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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.

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Your Two-Step Dance: Trust and Act

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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.

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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.