B Moments, childlike

Is Your Faith Childlike?

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking the question, is your faith childlike?

Recently we talked about the parable of the rich, young ruler. The wealthy, young man approached Jesus one day and asked him what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus told him to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and to follow him.

Yet the man went away sorrowful. He couldn’t part with his possessions or the identity and sense of control these possessions gave him.

Unlike a child, who is dependent, the man’s wealth gave him a false sense of independence and self-sufficiency. He thought that at any given time, he could meet his own needs without God. A faith like that definitely doesn’t lead to eternal life.

When we put this in a practical context, most of us strive to be debt free, to be in good health, and to, hopefully, leave wealth for the next generation. This is all wonderful—as long as we never lose sight of who the provider and the source is.

Remember, we cannot accomplish these things in our own strength. If I ever lose sight of this, I remember these words: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, keep your faith childlike.

B Moments, minority

Your Minority Is the Majority with God

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

Scripture reference: Mark 10:31 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in the minority.

When you’re in the minority for a belief, it can be frustrating that most of those around you believe one thing and you believe another. You might even expend a lot of energy trying to convince them to see things your way.

I thought about this when I read about Moses, who sent out twelve spies to survey the Promised Land. After forty days of investigating the land, ten of the spies returned to tell him that the land itself was good, but there was absolutely no way they could overcome the people who occupied the land.

However, the last two spies were Joshua and Caleb, and they saw things very differently. They put more stock in God’s promise and less in what they saw with their natural eyes. In other words, they saw that the Amalekites, who lived in the Promised Land at the time, were giants, but they also knew that, in God’s strength, they could defeat those giants.

Yet Joshua and Caleb were definitely in the minority.

Sometimes I need to be encouraged when I’m steadily trying to remind those around me to see things differently. One thing that helps me cling to my belief is a saying I heard once and never forgot. It goes, “Keep your faith because one with God is, in fact, a majority.”

Remember that saying as you cling to these few words: “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:31 (NKJV)

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So today, know that your minority is really a majority.

B Moments, shine

Let God’s Light Shine through You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of letting God’s glory shine through you.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked why the man was born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because sometimes our human inclination is to want to know why something happened or why it didn’t happen. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to his disciples in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor all the time, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives.

As this is a holiday week and many of you will be vacationing or staycationing or just taking it easy in general, let the light of God shine through you. Allow all that He has done in your life to bring about a glow, and let someone else be touched and impacted by your glow.

As you do that, remember these words: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, let God’s light shine through you.

B Moments, lead

God Will Lead You to Sustenance

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

Scripture reference: Luke 12:24 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you.

Recently, we were talking about the fear of scarcity. I talked about the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow. In the story, he asked her for bread, and her response was centered around fear of lack. The widow told him that she only had enough to prepare a last meal for her son and herself, and then she planned to die.

Let’s contrast her approach with Elijah’s. When Elijah started out on his assignment from God, there was a severe drought going on. The Lord told Elijah to go to the Kerith Brook, and he would drink from there. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah both in the morning and evening.

Yet sometime thereafter, the brook dried up. Elijah’s response wasn’t to ask God how He could send him to a brook that would dry up. Nor was his response like the widow’s. He didn’t just take one last sip from the brook and resign himself to death.

Instead, Elijah kept his faith that God would not lead him to a place where He would not feed him. Before Elijah could even ask for help, God was leading him to the next part of his journey where, of course, he would continue to be fed.

If you are worrying about your own provisions today, cling to these words: “Consider the ravens: they neither sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds!” Luke 12:24 (NIV)

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So today, know that God has you.

B Moments, wait

If Only I Had Waited on God

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about a saying: if only I had waited on God.

We’re wrapping up our series on how we can miss the mark when it comes to embracing God’s will. One classic way of doing this is through impatience.

In recent days, we’ve studied King Saul’s life because he is a good example of someone who did not fully embrace God’s will. Another instance of his reluctance to do so was the time Saul and his army were preparing for battle against the Philistines.

The Philistines had an army of about 3,000 and were well armed. One important note is that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron, meaning they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not.

When the Israelites faced the Philistines and saw how armed they were, they began to run into caves and hide, causing Saul’s army to dwindle by the day. Meanwhile, Saul’s role was simply to be a commander. He was not a priest, so he was forbidden to offer sacrifices.

However, after seven days of watching his men tremble with fear and waiting for the prophet Samuel to appear, Saul assumed the role of priest and began to offer sacrifices—something God had forbade him from doing.

What is interesting is that as soon as he offered the first sacrifice, Samuel appeared. It has been said that the only thing worse than waiting on God is wishing you had.

What are you waiting on God to deliver for you today? Cling to these words as you trust God’s timetable: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, wait on God and avoid saying you wish you had.

B Moments, job

I Could Achieve More Than Those in Charge

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you feel when you know you could do a better job than the person in charge.

This series is focusing on how we interact with those who are in a place of power. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about how David interacted with Saul.

After David killed Goliath, Saul became very jealous of him and was obsessed with killing him. He feared that God would ultimately crown David king. Saul’s obsession with killing David kept David on the run.

One day, Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. David’s men whispered to him that this was a sign from God as it was the perfect opportunity to kill Saul.

David stepped forward to kill him, but then stopped in his tracks. He knew Saul was helpless. Despite knowing he was better fit to serve as king, David realized that it was better to allow God deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time.

Are you dealing with a person like this at work or in a social setting? You may sense their ill will towards you. You know you could run things better, and your peers would likely choose you over them.

However, David shows us how to take a higher path. He kept being the best person he could be and allowed God to deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time. Thanks to David’s patience, God did ultimately deal with Saul.

Especially during this time of Lent, release your situation into God’s hands and remember these words: “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

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So today, make it less about you and them and more about you and Him.

B Moments, pure

Keep Your Faith Pure

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes our faith can be laced with a little doubt.

In Mark chapter 9, we hear the story about the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing. Instead of healing the boy outright, Jesus turned to his disciples and instructed them to heal the child.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus healing the sick and casting out demons many times before. However, when the disciples tried to heal the young boy, they failed.

In turn, Jesus scolded them. He said that they were faithless people and asked how long he must be with them before they believed.

The response of the child’s father is what resonated so deeply with me. He told Jesus that he did believe, but then asked him for help not to doubt.

These are the words that I struggle with because often, I will have a plan A in mind when I go to God. Then, in my prayers, I will ask God to allow plan A to happen, if it is His will.

But then immediately, I start settling for plans B and C because I doubt that plan A will actually materialize. With each new open door or opportunity, there’s a new opportunity to doubt; that’s what we must avoid.

The words that I will use to encourage me are: “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 (ESV)

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So today, let your faith be pure.

B Moments, disallow

God Wants You to Disallow Certain Beliefs

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God wants you to disallow certain beliefs.

Just as important as it is for you to accept or to allow certain beliefs to become ingrained into your conscious thinking, it is equally important for you to disallow or to reject other beliefs. This was the case of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know.

One day, Elisha visited the town of Shunem and met a wealthy woman who was married but had no children. She told her husband that she felt that Elisha was a holy man of God, so she wanted to make a special room for him in their home. That way, he would have a place to stay when he came to town.

Elisha, in turn, wanted to do something special for the woman. He noticed that she had no son and her husband was an old man. So, he sent for her and told her that about this time next year, she would be holding her son in her arms.

The woman was distressed and asked Elisha not to lie to her. The idea of not being able to have children was so deeply ingrained in this woman’s belief system, she was not open to the idea of what God had in store for her. Yet, as Elisha predicted, the woman gave birth to her son the following year.

What belief do you need to disallow so that you can open your mind and heart to what God has in store for you? As you think about that, remember these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, disallow certain beliefs.

B Moments, comfort

Do You Know God’s Greatest Gift?

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 4:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life.

We’ve been talking a lot about all of the ways God comforts us. We talked about how in some instances, He will promptly respond to a situation or will turn a dire situation around. He will also take extra care in choosing certain life scenarios that will teach us.

However, there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life, which God taught us when Jesus gave his sermon on the mount. In that sermon, Jesus revealed that how we love God and how we love others is most important to him. Jesus also taught about the Pharisees to demonstrate how not to behave.

When we look at the Pharisees, we see that they paid their tithes religiously. They even gave away a tenth of the herbs they had stored in their homes, and they practiced fasting regularly. It would be easy to believe that during those days, that was a spiritual greatness that would be rewarded with eternal life.

Yet Jesus explained to the contrary. He taught that outwardly, the Pharisees portrayed an exemplary image of holiness. Yet inwardly, where only God could see, they were like whitewashed tombs.

Jesus revealed that although we should not do away with the outer zeal, we must couple it with an inner zeal. That is reflected in how we love God and how we love others. That is the real path to eternal life. As we think about that, let us remember these words: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that there is no greater comfort than eternal life.

B Moments, turn

God Will Turn Around Your Dire Situation

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 20:6 (ESV)

Today, I am reminding myself about how God can turn any situation around.

In this series, we’re focusing on all of the ways God will move to comfort us. One way He does this is by turning a situation around no matter how dire it seems.

Recently, we talked about King Hezekiah’s reign and how he genuinely trusted in the Lord. Yet fourteen years into his reign, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah, causing serious challenges for Hezekiah. God answered Hezekiah’s prayer for help by taking care of Sennacherib.

However, shortly after Sennacherib died, Hezekiah became ill and the prophet Isaiah, whom Hezekiah trusted deeply, told him the Lord said, “Get ready, for it is time for you to die. You will not recover from this sickness.”

To this, Hezekiah said, “Lord, please remember how I have walked before you and have been faithful with my whole heart. I have done what is good in your sight.”

Before Isaiah left, God gave him a new set of instructions to relate to Hezekiah. The Lord said, “Behold: I will heal you and add fifteen years to your life and continue to keep you safe from your enemies.”

From this story, we see that even when death is on the line, God can turn a situation around. Today, let us cling to these words: “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right hand.” Psalm 20:6 (ESV)

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So today, wait for the Lord to turn it around.