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, 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.

B Moments, greater

Something Greater Is at Work 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 19:21 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am not in the studio, but I am thinking about how there is always something greater at work with God.

Recently, we talked about navigating through challenging times. We said that we need to seek God for GPS-like directions, meaning direction at every step, and that we should never become so overwhelmed that we don’t start our day with prayer.

What I’m also beginning to understand and appreciate more and more is that despite what I can see in my day to day life, God always has something greater at work. This was surely the case with Stephen from the book of Acts.

Stephen stood before these Jewish leaders and gave a pretty lengthy address about the presence and glory of God dating all the way back to the days of Abraham and Moses. But as he began to speak more truth to power and tell these leaders how they rejected the Messiah, they chose to stone him to death.

Word spread of Stephen’s murder and many Christian believers fled Jerusalem, fearing for their own lives. Initially, they were frightened and could see no good in Stephen’s death.

However, as these believers disseminated around the world, they also began to spread the gospel. In other words, the gospel was able to reach corners of the globe that it likely would not have if this tragic sequence of events had not occurred.

Through Stephen’s story, we see that God always has something greater at work. The key is to keep the faith, even when we can’t see his greater plan. As you personalize today’s message, hold onto these words: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

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So today, know something greater is happening.

B Moments, GPS

Turn on Your GPS for God

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about seeking God for GPS-like directions.

Recently, I talked about things feeling a bit out of sorts. Some things seem on track one week and off track the next. It is during these times when my circumstances feel overwhelming that I can forget to seek God for direction.

Similar to how we use GPS to give us step-by-step directions, it is important to seek God in the same way—especially when feeling impatient or overwhelmed. This is exactly what David did when he fought the Philistines.

It is important to note that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron. This meant that they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not. However, as David knew all too well, even when you’re at a disadvantage, you can prevail if you seek God’s direction.

When the Philistines conducted their first raid on Israel’s territory, David asked God, “Shall I go up against them? Will you give them to me in my hand?” God instructed David to go into battle and assured him that he would win the battle.

After this battle, the Philistines conducted another raid. However, David didn’t become overconfident. He sought God’s guidance once again. This time, God gave David specific instructions on how to attack the Philistines from the opposite direction. At each step, David knew that in order to prevail, he needed God’s guidance.

Where in your life do you especially need God’s guidance? As you think about that, 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, turn on your GPS for God.

B Moments, uncertain

In Uncertain Times, Turn to God’s Word

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am reminding myself that when things seem uncertain, God’s word is always certain.

Lately things have been feeling topsy-turvy for me. One week things seem to be on track, and the next week, these same things seem to be off track.

During these times, I must remember that what is constant at all times is God’s word. This reminds me of the time when Joshua divided up sections of the Promised Land for the various tribes of Israel.

Prior to this, these tribes had fought for seven long years. Town after town, stronghold after stronghold, they fought and conquered to rid the towns of all pagan activities.

Then one day, it happened. The fighting was over, and victory was theirs!

However, it is tough to deal with an indefinite battle. On one hand, these tribes clung to God’s word, but they also had no idea when everything was going to come to pass. They didn’t know the day or hour that victory would be theirs.

The key in this situation is to shift the energy from trying to figure out the uncertainty of matters, such as when or how it will all come to pass, and instead focus on what is certain, which is God’s word.

Today, think about a situation in your life that has an uncertain timeline and is taking a lot of your energy. Then, begin to make an energy shift to focus on God’s word instead of the unknown.

As you do so, cling to these words: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

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So today, shift your energy from the uncertain to the certain—God’s word.

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, 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.