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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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

B Moments, intentions

Do What’s Right Despite Others’ Reactions

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 17:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when people misunderstand your intentions.

Recently, we talked about doing what’s right even when it’s unpopular. We used David’s life as an example as he chose to care for the heir of another monarch when it was a common practice to kill the heirs of other monarchs. David was his own man, so he did what he knew to be right in his heart.

Yet sometimes we can proceed with the best intentions and still have our intentions misunderstood. This is exactly what happened to David.  When King Nahash died, his son Hanun became king. David said he would always be loyal to the son because his father had always been loyal to him. Therefore, David sent some ambassadors to express his sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.

However, when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land, Hanun’s advisors told him that the men were not there to honor him but instead to spy on the city so they could ultimately conquer it. Hanun listened to his advisors and shaved off half of each man’s beard and cut off their robes before sending them back to David in shame. They clearly misunderstood David’s intention.

The key here though, is to not deviate from doing what you know is right, even when your intentions are misunderstood. Always remember there is one who will know your heart completely and never misread your intentions. Let us cling to these words: “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:10 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, do what’s right.

B Moment, unfair

Don’t Let the Unfair Stain Your Heart

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to endure something that seems unfair.

Oftentimes, when you’re in a situation that seems unfair, you feel as though you can clearly see that one side is wrong, and that the other side, your side, is right. These feelings remind me of the story of Jonah.

God instructed Jonah to preach a revival in the town of Nineveh. However, Jonah didn’t want to preach to the people who lived there because he saw them as unjust. In his eyes, they were too unworthy to hear God’s word, much less be saved by it.

Therefore, Jonah sailed in the opposite direction of Nineveh. Yet God has a way of bringing his children to do what He wants them to do. So Jonah, unsurprisingly, ended up in the town of Nineveh.

In the end, Jonah preached a powerful revival. It was so powerful, in fact, that it turned 120,000 souls to God, and God, in turn, showed mercy on them. Despite thinking that the people of Nineveh should be destroyed because they were the enemy of Israel, Jonah ended up helping guide them to the right path.

Sometimes, when something feels unjust, you might wonder whose side God is on. Yet I think it’s fair to say that God can choose to show mercy to whomever whenever He chooses.

The key is to keep our hearts clean while He’s having mercy on the other side. Don’t let feelings of unfairness turn to bitterness. Instead, let us keep our hearts pure as we cling to these words: “Search me, O God, and know my heart…Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t let what seems unfair stain your heart.

B Moments. eyes

Keep Your Eyes on Christ

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our eyes on Christ.

Recently, I shared with you how I was feeling so low lately, and how I felt like I was being hit from all angles with one lemon after the other. To top it off, it felt like I was praying to a silent God. Hence my downward spiral began.

What I needed was to be reminded to stop focusing on the pain. Focusing solely on the pain only creates more pain. Instead of falling into this cycle, Jesus teaches us to keep our eyes on him.

Recall Peter’s story when he was attempting to walk on water. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Christ, he was able to rise above the circumstances of the wind and the rain and simply walk toward Christ. Yet the moment he took his eyes off Christ and began to focus on his storm, he lost his balance and his downward spiral began.

When we feel entrenched in pain, as though we are being hit by one lemon after another, it can be difficult to shift our focus. But when we do, when we can pinch ourselves and look to Christ, the healing begins.

To help pull ourselves up, let us be inspired by these words: “Only in returning to me and resting in me, will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, keep your eyes on Christ.

B Moments, personal sanctuary

Get Closer to God Through Your Personal Sanctuary

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Today, I am appreciating the value of my own personal sanctuary.

Even though I read the Scriptures, I’m always fascinated by the additional details that I learn about certain events that are described in them. For example, at the exact time of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom. I learned that this was to represent the free and unlimited access people would now have to God due to Christ’s sacrifice.

Although I didn’t know that detail before, I feel as though it underscores the importance of having access to a personal sanctuary or haven where I can take advantage of this glorious gift that Christ gave to us.

This story also reminds me of a time when I was feeling somewhat forsaken by God and I reached out to a pastor. The pastor said to me that maybe it wasn’t that God had moved away from me, but that I had moved away from Him. Having a personal sanctuary helps me feel closer to God and reminds me to be in constant relationship with Him.

If you have a great agenda set forth for 2018, make sure you have a personal sanctuary so that you can converse with God about those things on your agenda. As you do that, keep these words in mind: “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, claim your personal sanctuary.

B Moments, anticipation

Sing in Anticipation of God’s Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am singing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

Recently I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Think about that for a moment. It makes perfect sense at midnight to cry out to God or even to complain to Him. Yet despite all they had been through, they chose to sing and worship and praise Him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings. However, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

As we think about our own personal situation that we need to sing in anticipation of, let us cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, sing in anticipation of God’s blessings.