B Moments, good intentions

Your Good Intentions May Not Be 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: Romans 8:28 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about when our good intentions are still not God’s will.

Recently, I was reading in the first book of Chronicles about when David compared his house to the Lord’s temple. David was talking to the prophet Nathan and he said, “I dwell in a house of cedar, but the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” It was in David’s heart to build the Lord a temple—not just any temple, but a magnificent temple that would really glorify the Lord.

Nathan listened to David’s desires and then told David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” That evening, David and Nathan parted ways with what seemed to be a very noble idea. David was planning to pour his heart into building a temple for the Lord.

Yet that same night, the word of the Lord came to Nathan and said, “Tell my servant David, ‘It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.’” I’m sure David must have experienced some disappointment as his heart was set on building this temple for the Lord. Yet instead of lingering in his own sorrow, he embraced God’s word by saying, “Oh Lord, let the word that you have spoken be established forever.”

Sometimes we can have good intentions that are rooted in the highest good, but they may still not be aligned with God’s will or timing. David teaches us to move to a place of acceptance and to avoid lingering in our ego, sorrow, and disappointment.

If you find yourself in a place of lingering today, remember these words: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good…” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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So today, accept His will.

B Moment, healing

Find Healing in the Lord

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the difficulties of dealing with sudden loss. Loss is never easy to endure, and sudden loss can be especially painful to overcome.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of the loss of King Uzziah. He was one of the most beloved leaders of all time in Judah. Because he served for almost fifty years, he was the only leader that many of Judah’s citizens had ever known.

I think that this same situation can be true for us in our family lives, too. When we lose a parent or spouse or sibling, they are the only parent or spouse or sibling that we have ever known. So we worry and wonder what the new dynamic will be and how we will adjust to what the future holds.

This was also seen when Judah was grieving the loss of its beloved leader. While the citizens mourned, they were also concerned about their future. In that time, the leader was directly linked to how well citizens were able to provide for themselves and their families, so the loss of King Uzziah made many worry about their provisions.

However, God came to Isaiah and gave him a vision which let them know that they were not alone. He reminded Isaiah that He was ultimately in control of Judah and their provisions, just as He is ultimately in control of your home and your relationships.

Therefore, during times of loss, let us remember to cling to these words: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

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So today, if you’re experiencing loss, give your heart to the One who is the master of mending hearts.

B Moments, test

Are You Passing the Test?

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

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I have a question: Are you passing the test?

I thought of this question as I was studying in the book of Job. Job was a man of great character and wealth. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, many servants, and ten children he prayed for regularly.

One day, Satan appeared before God after he had roamed the earth. God asked Satan if he had seen his servant Job. God described Job as a blameless and upright man who turned away from evil.

However, Satan said that Job was only that way because God had blessed him and put a hedge around all of his possessions. Satan said that if God were to take it all away, Job will surely curse Him. So, the Lord told Satan that he could take all that Job possessed.

In the first chapter, Satan took Job’s property and children. The Scriptures say that one messenger came up from the south to tell Job about the loss of his property. Then, while the first messenger was still speaking, another messenger arrived, this time from the north, to tell him about the tragic loss of his children.

Job was getting tragic news from all directions and was surely being tested. The good news is that Job passed his test, and everything in his life was restored to an even better state than before.

The same can be true for you. The question is, are you passing today’s test? If you need words to inspire you, hold onto these: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, pass your test.

B Moments, show mercy

Show Mercy Rather Than Pass Judgment

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

Scripture reference: Luke 6:36 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about showing mercy versus passing judgment.

Recently, we talked about how the Israelites observed the Sabbath day as a way of following the law and in hopes of pleasing God. However, in the gospel of Matthew, we learn from Jesus that he values showing others mercy more than strictly following the law.

In Matthew 12, we learn that one day Jesus was walking through the grain fields on the Sabbath with his disciples. Some of the disciples became hungry, so they started breaking off the heads of wheat and eating the grain. Several Pharisees observed this and told Jesus that his disciples shouldn’t be doing that as it was against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.

Before Jesus gave them his full response, he reminded them of the time when King David and his men were hungry and they went into the house of the Lord and ate the special bread that was reserved only for the priest. He told them that was breaking the law too. But God didn’t love David any less.

Jesus concluded his teaching by reminding them of this verse: “‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Matthew 12:7-8 (NLT). This was a resounding rebuke of the Pharisees’ understanding of what really matters to God.

Recently we’ve been talking a lot about being in a new season, and I am certain that there will be people who cross your path in this new season who will need your mercy. As you think about that, remember these few words: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36 (ESV).

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So today, show mercy to others.

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, full circle

Press On Until You Come Full Circle

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

Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the power of coming full circle.

Recently, we discussed what is possible when we choose to shift our thoughts and words. Specifically, we talked about the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know.

Recall that when Elisha prophesied the woman would have a son the following year, she begged him not to lie to her. In other words, she asked him not to get her hopes up. As she talked to him, she trembled with fear.

Now, fast forward several years. This woman no longer trembled with fear. She had become a faithful matriarch and the rock of her home. When her only son died in her arms, she rose to the occasion as her faith told her not to claim his death.

As you read the passage, you even sense that her tone and posture had changed. This woman had come full circle. She had mastered how to move from a place of fear to one of faith.

Now I ask you: with what situation in your life do you need to come full circle? Where do you need to rise up to the occasion and let your faith replace your fears?

As you think about that, remember these words: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

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So today, press on until you come full circle.

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, doubtful

Hopeful One Day, Doubtful 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: Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can be hopeful one day and doubtful the next.

We’re finally wrapping up our series on Elijah, a great prophet and man of God. As a recap, we’ve talked about how Elijah assured a widow who was ready to die that God wanted her to have a tomorrow and that the Lord himself would provide for her tomorrow.

Elijah then went on to have a “drop the mic” moment when he proved to the Israelites that there is only one God Almighty. We also talked about how Elijah was a master at proclaiming what he heard from God instead of what he saw in that moment. He proclaimed that a mighty rainstorm would come even when there was not a dark cloud in the sky.

Yet this same Elijah, this hopeful man of God, eventually became tired and weary. After a long walk through the desert, he sat down under a tree and prayed that he might die. Those same inspiring words that he gave to the widow, he couldn’t offer himself. He simply told the Lord that he had had enough.

Sometimes, when feelings of doubt come upon us, we have the wisdom and foresight to draw near to God. When we don’t, He draws near to us instead. After his request to God, Elijah fell asleep, and God immediately sent one of his angels to feed and comfort him.

As you put your doubts in God’s hands today, remember these words: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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So today, you know the place to drop off your doubt.

B Moments, fearful to faithful

Be Courageous: Move from Fearful to Faithful

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

Scripture reference: Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when we move from fearful to faithful.

Recently, we talked about how it’s never too late to seek Christ. This was certainly the case for Joseph, a rich man who had been a secret disciple of Jesus because he feared the Jewish leaders.

However, after Jesus was crucified, Joseph mustered the courage to approach Pilate and request Jesus’ body. He worked closely with Nicodemus, who was another man who secretly believed in Christ.

After Jesus closed his eyes on the cross, these two men finally moved into action. They wrapped Jesus’ body in the finest spices and in a new linen that Joseph had purchased just for Christ. They even put Jesus in a new tomb which was said to be the tomb meant for Joseph.

While Joseph and Nicodemus didn’t have the courage to publicly follow Christ, it is clear that when he was crucified, they moved from a place of fear to one of faith. Some accounts even say that Joseph risked his own life when he went before Pilate to request Jesus’ body.

What do you need to move from fearful to faithful on? On this Good Friday, let us not lose hope but instead embrace the good news: “May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 (ESV)

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So today, let us move from fearful to faithful.

B Moments, unravel

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.