B Moments, hidden

Watch for God’s Hidden Hand in 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: Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminding you about God’s hidden hand.

This is when you know for sure that an event or outcome of a situation was shaped by more than just chance. Esther’s story is a perfect example of God’s hidden hand. What is particularly interesting about the book of Esther is that it never mentions God by name, even though you can see His hand throughout the book.

Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia who was chosen to replace Queen Vashti, who had recently been exiled. The fact that Esther was Jewish was a big secret; it wasn’t even known to the king.

However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all of the Jewish people. This left Esther in a tight place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people without revealing her own identity.

During this time, her cousin Mordecai encouraged her to take some kind of action as he continually reminded her that she had been elevated to the palace for such a time as this. We see that even though God’s name isn’t mentioned, it is clear that His hand perfectly positioned her to not only save herself but also to save the Jewish people.

Esther’s story is a great reminder of how God is always at work on our behalf, working strategically behind the scenes and on multiple levels. Let us use this Scripture to show us what we need to do, which is: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, watch for His hand.

B Moment, get started

Get Started on Your Chapter 2019

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how our life’s script has already been written.

Recently, we talked about having clarity as our life’s purpose. This is a common reflection that many of us have when we start a new year. Specifically, I talked about how Jesus emerged with a great sense of clarity after being tested and tempted by Satan for forty days and forty nights. One observation was that going through a period of testing can bring about a greater sense of clarity.

However, I also had another observation about this passage. When Jesus stood in the synagogue and said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has appointed me to preach the good news to the poor,” (Luke 4:18 NLT), he spoke clearly and definitively about his life’s purpose.

First, this was because he knew it to be true, but second, it was because he was also reading from a scroll that had been prophesied by Isaiah. In other words, his life’s purpose was already recorded. It had already been written down.

I believe the same is true for us; there is a calling on our lives that has already been written. Yet also recall Jesus’ words when he said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me.” They were not about being of better service to himself but about being of service to others.

Therefore I ask you, how do you want your life’s chapter entitled 2019 to be more than just about you? As you reflect on that, remember these words, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

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So today, get started on your chapter 2019.

B Moments, tailored

God Has Tailored a Plan Just for You

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has a tailored plan just for you.

Recently, we talked about one of the miracles that the prophet Elisha performed when God worked through him to provide for a widow in the absence of her husband and family. This miracle was followed by yet another miracle that Elisha performed, this time for a wealthy Shunammite woman.

In the story, the wealthy woman had been very kind to Elisha and his servant, and Elisha wanted to reciprocate. His first offer was to introduce her to the king and the commander in chief, two of the most influential people in the land.

However, unlike the widow who had no money, no prestige, and no next of kin to help her, this Shunammite woman was already wealthy and prestigious and lived among many of her family members. Yet what she didn’t have was a son, and her husband was already an old man. At this stage in her life, the odds of her having a child were slim.

When Elisha learned this woman was without a child, he told her that about this time next year, she would give birth to a son—and of course, she did.

Notice how God tailored plans for both of his daughters whose lives were quite different. One was a poor widow struggling to take care of her two sons, and the other was wealthy, prestigious, and lived among her family but had no children. No matter your course, God will tailor a plan especially for you.

As you reflect on this, remember these words: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you…” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, embrace the plans He has for you.

B Moments, brink

Led to the Brink: God Has You

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:17 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will take you to the brink sometimes only to show you that He has you.

We’re kicking off a brand new series on expectations as we begin the advent season. In the series, we’ll talk about how this is a good time for you to be expecting great things from God.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when the Israelites fled Egypt after being enslaved for more than 400 years. When God guided them out of Egypt, He didn’t take them on a logical path from point A to point B. Instead, He led them on a more roundabout path.

The same can be true for you. You might have a problem that you want God to fix immediately, but God leads you on a more roundabout way instead.

The path that God led the Israelites on landed them between the wilderness and the Red Sea. When the Israelites saw Pharaoh’s army marching toward them, they panicked because they thought they had nowhere to run but into the Red Sea.

However, God brought them to the brink only to reveal that in the end, He had them. Just as they feared the worst, God instructed Moses to hold his staff over the Red Sea, and a path opened up for them to walk through on dry ground.

Today I’m asking you, is God leading you to the brink? If so, begin expecting great things from Him and watch for His awesome power to be revealed in your situation.

As you do that, hold onto these words: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (ESV)

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So today, keep your expectations high.

B Moments, move

The Next Move May Not Be Yours

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when your next move is God’s, not yours.

We are wrapping up our series on remodeling our spiritual life. Using the analogy of remodeling a room, we claimed that sometimes the removal of just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room.

We acknowledged that the same can be true for our spiritual lives. By making just one decision, or by stepping away from just one relationship, we can shift the energy of our path.

But what happens when God makes the move for us?

When God takes away something or removes us entirely from a situation, our natural inclination may be to assume that we did something wrong. Yet at this very moment, we should put our spiritual hat on and remember there is something greater at work.

Recall what happened to Elizabeth, who became pregnant with John the Baptist. She had been barren for years, but when she became pregnant, she went into seclusion for five months.

God removed her from her home not because she had done something wrong, but because she was embarking on a great assignment for Him. Her son, John the Baptist, would be the one to announce the coming of Christ.

Our ways may be to simply remodel, but God’s ways are to transform. As we know, Elizabeth’s life would be forever transformed by the birth of her son.

Therefore, embrace the way God is moving in your life—even if you don’t understand every move—and remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, the next move may not be yours.

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 Moments, give

Remember to Give God the Glory

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

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am remembering to give God the glory.

This holiday season, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of giving. The highest form of giving is to give God the glory. All that you have accomplished this year, and all you will accomplish in the next, won’t be done in your strength alone.

Sometimes, we can be so overjoyed with our victories that we can forget to give God the glory. This is the classic case of being caught up in our own strength. This was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites.

As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down. When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone who caused the walls to come down.

The Israelites, however, became overconfident in their own strength. When they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. Through their story, it is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us, we can suffer defeat.

If you’re finishing 2017 strong, or you have great things on the horizon in the new year, remember to give God the glory first. As you do so, keep these words on your heart: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so give Him the glory.

B Moments, service

You Will Be Used in God’s Service

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.

I am wrapping up the series here about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When we look at this situation, it is important to put things in the proper context. The period in which the beautiful exchange occurs was fraught with severe racial tensions, so the Samaritans and Jews didn’t socialize with each other.

Yet Jesus engages this woman in a beautiful exchange and as they’re talking, out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband.

Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she had had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.

In that moment, I had to reflect and realize that our prior acts don’t disqualify us from being in a relationship with God and being able to be used in His service. Many times, we hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.

Those are actually the actions that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.

Let us close our eyes and see our excess baggage floating away. As we do this, let us remember these words: “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that your past acts do not disqualify you from being in relationship with God and being used in His service.

B Moments, normal

God’s Path Doesn’t Always Take a Normal Course

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s path for your life doesn’t always take a normal course.

In this series, we’ve been examining the various ways we can settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of Peter’s healing of the lame man outside the temple to make this point.

As you may recall, Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer when a man who had been lame for forty years asked them for money. Peter told the man that he had no silver and gold to give him but that he could instead offer him healing in the name of Jesus.

Everyone in the town knew that the man had been lame since his birth forty years ago. Therefore, when they witnessed Peter healing him, 5,000 people turned to Christ.

However, the religious leaders were threatened by the power Peter demonstrated when he healed the lame man, so they called him in to speak before the council after they had arrested him. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter stood before the council with both confidence and humility as he told them how he healed the man by the power of Christ.

The religious leaders remained confused. They saw Peter as a common, uneducated man as they knew he had not gone through the normal training courses in their rabbinical schools. Yet he spoke with eloquence and authority about the way to salvation when standing before the court, which was similar to today’s Supreme Court.

Sometimes your life’s path doesn’t take the normal course that others or society believes it should take. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve settled but instead that God has another path for you. Cling to these words: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your different path.

B Moments, lighting

God Will Light Your Path Toward Greater

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 (KJV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will light your path toward greater.

Recently, we talked about how we use our GPS for step-by-step directions. We also discussed how it is important to turn to God for step-by-step directions when we feel overwhelmed by our circumstances.

Yet it is also true that just as we are seeking God for direction, He is also guiding us. This was surely the case with Ruth.

After Naomi lost her husband and her two sons, she felt abandoned by God, so she decided to return to her hometown. She told Ruth and Orpah, her two daughter-in-laws, that she was planning to return home.

However, they didn’t want her to return home alone, so they insisted on going with her. Naomi thought it was too much of a sacrifice, and she declined their offer. Eventually, Orpah relented and told Naomi to return home alone, but Ruth insisted on staying with her.

What’s interesting here is that Ruth was from Moab, and Moabites served other gods. Therefore, Ruth would not only be leaving her home and family and friends, but she would even be leaving her way of worship. Yet she decided to trust the pull on her heart and take the path that God was leading her toward.

While Orpah faded into history, Ruth went on to marry Boaz and would become the great-grandmother to King David. Today, know that as much as we are seeking God’s direction, He too is lighting our path to greater.

As you embrace that idea, hold onto these words: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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So today, trust that God is lighting your way.