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, miracle

Don’t Stay: Move Forward Toward Your Miracle

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 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God won’t allow you to stay where you are to do His work.

In this series, we’ve been talking about clarity of our life’s purpose. Sometimes we’ll gain a greater clarity of purpose after enduring a season of testing. After he was tested in the desert by Satan, Jesus spoke definitively when he said, “I came to preach the good news to the poor and to heal the afflicted.”

We also said that greater clarity helps us to see that our life’s purpose is not about serving ourselves but about being of service to others. In fact, when Jesus visited a town to fulfill his purpose of teaching and healing, the people of that town wanted him to stay with them forever.

Sometimes people can become so dependent on you that your sheer presence gives them a sense of security, so they pull on you to stay with them. Staying with someone isn’t always physical. It can also mean staying with them at a certain educational or socioeconomic level, or sharing the same mindset, both mentally and spiritually.

What I have learned is that fulfilling our life’s purpose is not confined to who and what we already know. Jesus’ response to the people who wanted him to stay was simply, “I must preach the good news in other places too because this is why I was sent.”

Don’t let 2019 be another year where you continue to stay somewhere when God is pulling you toward your miracle. To give you strength, hold onto these words: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

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So today, go for your miracle.

B Moments, invitation

This Christmas, Invite Others to Christ

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about what the best invitation is to receive this holiday.

As each day goes by, I’m getting more and more into the Christmas spirit. I’m so proud of myself because my Christmas tree is already up, and this is a first for me because it is never up this early. Michigan Avenue in Chicago is already beautifully lit, and the storefronts are prettier than ever.

Yet while the commercial side of Christmas has its place, as followers of Christ, it’s important for us to truly celebrate him. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the early Christians we read about in the book of Acts.

These early Christians were asked to spread the good news about Christ. They were not trained teachers or preachers; they were ordinary people. Yet the power of Christ was evident in their lives.

There are people who don’t have an intimate relationship with God, but they watch us and study our relationship with Him. They listen to how we go on and on about Him and are inspired when we say that it was nobody but God who did it for us—and they want that.

So, the best invitation this season is to offer someone in need the invitation of Christ. When we do this, we can’t go wrong. I’m asking you today, are your actions an invitation for someone to accept Christ, or to be inspired to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, remember these words: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

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So today, let your actions be an invitation to Christ.

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, inspiration

Speak into Their Destiny: Plants Seeds of Inspiration

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about planting seeds of inspiration.

One way we do this is through our words. Recently, I was talking with my son Julian, and I was telling him how happy I was that he would be home for the holidays. At some point, our conversation turned a little silly, and I recalled a time when Julian was in high school and how much grief he gave me over a particular class.

I remember going to church one Sunday and being so disappointed in him that I even mentioned the whole situation in passing to my pastor. I will never forget what he taught me that Sunday.

While we were conversing, I was going on and on about the grade Julian had in one of his classes, and how it was driving me crazy because I knew he wasn’t working at his full potential.

Yet after I told the pastor about my frustrations, he cautioned me. He told me to watch my words, and went on to say that I shouldn’t simply scold and discipline him and leave it at that. Instead, the pastor told me to speak into my son’s destiny. He said I should speak to my son as if he were the young man I wanted to see five years from now.

This was a very powerful lesson for me. Julian is much older today, but I still use my words as seeds of inspiration spoken from my heart into his destiny.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, many of us will be visiting family and friends. Whose destiny will you speak into this holiday? Maybe it’s a young person, or maybe it’s a person going through a challenging time.

As you think about that, remember these words: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

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So today, speak into someone’s destiny.

B Moments, Palm Sunday

This Palm Sunday, Remain Hopeful about Your Future

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Today, on this beautiful Palm Sunday morning, I am feeling very hopeful.

Recently, we’ve been tracing Jesus’ steps up until his crucifixion. This reminds me of how people lined the streets to see Jesus enter Jerusalem, waving their palm branches as a sign of hope. Right before Jesus traveled to Jerusalem, however, he was in the town of Bethany, where he brought Lazarus back to life.

As you may remember, Jesus thought fondly of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. In fact, it would be accurate to say that they were a very well-liked family throughout the village of Bethany. Therefore, when Lazarus died, most of the town mourned.

Because Mary and Martha were so well known and liked, many Jewish people visited their home to comfort them. On the day the largest crowd visited them, Jesus ordered Lazarus to get up from the grave, and his life was fully restored. As a result, many Jewish people turned to Christ on that day.

As I read that, I suddenly understood. It is likely that when the people left their homes that morning, they left with the sole intent of comforting Mary and Martha. That was it. They didn’t realize that would also be the day they would ultimately turn to Christ because they had witnessed the restoration of Lazarus’ life.

This is what makes me so hopeful. As Christians, we never know what God has in store for us, so we should always remain hopeful. So let us cling to these words: “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, remain hopeful.

B Moments, humility

Be a Beacon of Humility This Christmas

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

Scripture reference: Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Merry Christmas, B Moment listeners! This is the day that the King of Kings was born, and we rejoice because he still lives on.

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus came into this world and how he left it. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son who would be called Son of the Most High.

Yet Jesus’ beginnings were very humble. He was born in a stable, and a manger, or what is also known as an animal feeding trough, was the first place he laid his head.

I read once that a pastor said being born in a stable doesn’t seem fitting for a king or Son of the Most High, but it is a perfect place for the lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus’ humble beginnings make him accessible to any man who chooses to seek him.

During the final week of Jesus’ life, he also rode in on a donkey and colt to bring salvation to the world. Jesus could have chosen a different set of circumstances, but he chose a position of humility.

To honor Jesus’ life, let’s keep a loving and joyous yet humble spirit, especially today—such to the point that others want what you have. Not in terms of a gift, but just in terms of your spirit. So carry these words on your heart today: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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So today, be a beacon of love, joy, and humility.

B Moments, riches

Your Worth Lies in Christ’s Eternal Riches

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

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the eternal riches of Christ.

As we’re deep into the holiday season, we can become overwhelmed with the commercial side of Christmas. We may fall into the trap of measuring our worth or the value of our Christmas by the number of gifts we receive and the value attached to those gifts.

While it is natural that we would celebrate those items, let us not fall into a pattern of measuring our worth in terms of dollars and cents. There is a much higher way in the spiritual realm to measure worth, specifically our richness in Christ.

When I think about the richness in Christ, I’m reminded of a story I read about a man who lived in east Texas and who ultimately died in poverty. However, this man lived in a house that sat just a few feet above the largest undiscovered oil reserve in the world. He lived like a pauper, but he was a wealthy man unbeknownst to him. It was a classic case of being rich but living poor.

Sometimes that’s how we live life because we see richness and measure it only in what we have in the natural world. We forget about the depths of our richness in Christ.

Therefore, as we go about the season, let us remember the eternal riches of Christ and cling to these words: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)

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So today, remember the eternal riches of Christ.

B Moments, invitation

Let Your Actions Be an Invitation to Christ

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the best invitation this holiday.

As each day goes by, I’m getting more and more into the Christmas spirit. Michigan Avenue in Chicago is beautifully lit, and the storefronts are prettier than ever. Yet while the commercial side of Christmas has its place, as followers of Christ, it is important for us to truly celebrate him.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the early Christians we read about in the book of Acts. They were asked to spread the good news about Christ. These early Christians were not trained teachers or preachers; they were ordinary people. Yet the power of Christ was evident in their lives.

There are people who don’t have an intimate relationship with God, but they really want one. They want their eyes to light up the way your eyes light up when you talk about what He has done for you. They want it, but they’re not sure how to get there. They search for that answer in you. They listen to what you say about Him and how you serve Him.

Therefore, I’m asking you today, are your actions an invitation for someone to accept Christ and be inspired to go deeper with Him? There is no better invitation this holiday season than the invitation of Christ. As you think about that, cling to these words and let your actions be that invitation: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

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So today, let your actions be an invitation to Christ.