B Moments, uniquely prepared

God Has Already Uniquely Prepared 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 3:5 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has uniquely prepared you for His work.

In this series we’re addressing our inner child. Sometimes, we can feel like I want what I want when I want it. Other times, we experience feelings of inadequacy. In many instances, God is uniquely preparing us for something, but we can’t always see it when it’s happening.

I think this might have even been the case in David’s life. Prior to David defeating Goliath, he told King Saul that he wasn’t afraid and that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go into battle with them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his bare hands to club and attack the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had uniquely prepared him for that moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

Today, that’s how I want to encourage you. God might be preparing you for a greater assignment. All you have to do is follow this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, know you are being uniquely prepared.

B Moments, word

Following God’s Word One Day and Others’ 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: Luke 11:28 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of listening to God over others.

I had this thought as I was reading about a prophet to whom God had given a set of specific instructions. In the story, the man of God appeared before a king and warned him that the altar that he had set up to worship pagan gods would be split in two.

The king became furious with the man for making this prediction and began shouting and pointing his finger at him. Instantly, the king’s hand became paralyzed.

The king begged the prophet to appeal to God to heal his hand. The man honored the king’s request and his hand was healed. The king then apologized and said, “Would you please return to the palace with me? I will give you something to eat and present you with a special gift.”

However, God had instructed the man not to eat or drink any food from this particular town. So, that’s exactly what the prophet told the king. He said, “I can’t go with you because I can’t eat any of your food.” So in this instance, the prophet stood his ground.

Yet there was an old man who heard about how this prophet had restored the king’s hand. He too invited the prophet to come and eat with him.

Initially, the prophet declined and told him all about God’s instructions. But the man lied to him, saying that he too was a prophet and that an angel had appeared to him and said that it was okay for him to eat and drink. The prophet gave in, followed the false prophet, and ended up losing his life.

This is a very important lesson: God’s word is solid and it is all we have to stand on. To remember that, cling to these words: “…Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28 (ESV)

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So today, listen to God’s word.

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, preparing

God Has a Unique Way of Preparing Us

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God has a unique way of preparing us.

Recently, we’ve been talking about how King Saul fell out of grace with God, but God soon anointed David to replace him as king. However, while David was still under Saul’s rule, he told Saul that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go to battle in them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his hands, clubbing and attacking the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had divinely prepared him for this moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

The next time you question the way God might be preparing you to take on a greater assignment, lean on this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, go free knowing that every role and assignment you have had has not been random, but is God’s way of preparing you for greater.

B Moments, retaliate

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.

B Moments, evil

God Will Turn Their Evil into Your Good

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we use our energy when we believe we have been wronged by someone.

Perhaps this person’s actions have caused you to end up in a place you otherwise wouldn’t be. We can make that case for Joseph’s life.

First, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers due to their jealousy of him. Next, he was thrown into prison after being falsely accused.

Yet when I read the Scriptures, it is never stated or even intimated that Joseph ever retaliated or contemplated retaliation.

In fact, when Joseph was finally confronted by his brothers years later, they were all consumed with the idea that Joseph might want to take their lives. But he only wept for them and told them that God turned into good what they intended for evil.

The same can be true for you. God will turn into good what someone else intended for evil. However, you must do your part by not allowing their ill intentions to usurp your energy in the meantime.

Here is the key. Seldom do we end up actually retaliating. We simply become preoccupied with the idea of getting back at another. Therefore, it is important to let go of these feelings.

If you’re in this place, shift your energy by following these two steps. First, sincerely release this situation into God’s hands. Second, thank Him in advance for turning what was intended for evil into your good.

As you do that, remember these words: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is turning any evil toward your good.

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, help

Make Good Use of the Help God Sends

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when God sends us help.

As this is holy week, we are walking Christ’s path to Calvary. On his walk, we know that Jesus carried his cross. Yet there was a point when a man named Simon, who came from the city of Cyrene, was forced to help Jesus carry his cross.

Although we’re all familiar with the story of Simon helping Jesus, we often forget that Simon didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. All of the Scriptural accounts show that he was forced, so it is likely that the only reason he helped Jesus was that he feared for his own life.

However, I recently began to look at this passage from a different perspective. In this story, we see that we never know who God will choose to aid us. It could be a willing spirit, or it could be an unwilling spirit. Nonetheless, God has sent them to help us through a difficult time. It might not be perfect, but it is to get us to the next phase on our journey.

We also know that Jesus had fallen a few times on his way to Calvary. Yet God doesn’t put more on His children than they can bear. Therefore, when He sends aid, we shouldn’t judge it because it’s not the help we were envisioning. We should honor it because it is there to serve a purpose for a season.

As we hold onto that, let us remember these words: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

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So today, make good use of the help God sends your way.

B Moments, blind faith

Embrace Your Blind Faith and Take that Journey

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will reward your faithfulness.

For most of this week, we’ve been talking about sacrifices. Today, I’m reminding us of how God rewards those sacrifices. Sometimes, our sacrifices even resemble a blind faith because we’re not sure what will come of them.

When I think about blind faith and sacrifices, look no further than Abraham’s life. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey to a new home. This new home would be more than a thousand miles away.

Abraham had to make many sacrifices along the way for the lengthy trip, but he demonstrated a blind faith by taking the journey anyway. He placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following.

Abraham is the perfect example of how the blind faith we show and the sacrifices we make really do please God. In fact, God ultimately went on to call Abraham the father of many nations. Through his story, we see that when we sacrifice and demonstrate a blind faith, we are in fact seeking God.

The words that inspire me and remind me that our faith will be rewarded are very simply: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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So today, go with confidence knowing that God will reward your faithfulness.

B Moments, burdens

Release Your Burdens One by One

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 Jesus doesn’t want you to be burdened.

Recently, we talked about the time when Jesus chased the money changers and various animals out of the temple because it had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. We specifically looked at it from the operations perspective, but today we’re looking at the individual.

During these times, fees were paid calculated on a percentage of a person’s daily wage. Imagine a family first having to endure the cost of traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Then, they had to set aside their tithes and their temple tax. On top of that, they were burdened with the exchange of their currency, which was a tax on top of a tax.

Even worse, if they wanted to bring an animal to sacrifice, they had to pay for that and then risk having the temple tell them that the animal was not good enough. If the temple deemed the animal unacceptable, they also had to pay for an even more ideal animal. They were burdened in so many ways.

Sometimes, we can carry around burdens of financial matters or relationships, which can interfere with our worship. Jesus reminds us that he doesn’t want us to be weighed down like that. If you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, release those matters to God and cling to these words: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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So today, release those burdens one by one.