B Moments, love endures

Despite Our Actions, God’s Love Will Endure

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

Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

This week, love is in the air. So today, I am thinking about how God’s love endures despite our actions.

Recently I talked about how God is in the business of changing hearts. I spoke about Rahab, a prostitute, who chose God above her lifestyle.

What’s important to understand is that God doesn’t just start to love us or believe in us once we have a change of heart or begin to see the light. His love endures while we’re living in dark places and possibly making poor choices.

When I think about this, I think about Peter’s life. One day, Jesus was asking the disciples who people said the son of man was. Some of them replied John the Baptist, and others said Elijah.

Then, Jesus asked the disciples who they said he was. Peter said that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because only Jesus’ Father in heaven revealed that to him.

The key is that God chose to reveal this to Peter, even when He knew Peter would later deny Him. Similarly, He could have chosen to change the heart of another woman, but He chose Rahab, a prostitute.

Let us appreciate the fact that God’s love and grace are sufficient to endure despite our actions. As we reflect on that, let us be comforted by these words: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that His love endures.

B Moments, changes

God Knows the Moment Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

This is something I reflected on as I read about Rahab. More specifically, I was comforted by her story because it made clear how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered the town of Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Reading about this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart had changed, but He knew the moment she made the switch and desired Him more than her lifestyle.

I think it’s important for us to be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of our hearts and even knows the actions we may end up taking next. As you think about that, hold onto these few words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes.

B Moments, show mercy

Show Mercy Rather Than Pass Judgment

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

Scripture reference: Luke 6:36 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about showing mercy versus passing judgment.

Recently, we talked about how the Israelites observed the Sabbath day as a way of following the law and in hopes of pleasing God. However, in the gospel of Matthew, we learn from Jesus that he values showing others mercy more than strictly following the law.

In Matthew 12, we learn that one day Jesus was walking through the grain fields on the Sabbath with his disciples. Some of the disciples became hungry, so they started breaking off the heads of wheat and eating the grain. Several Pharisees observed this and told Jesus that his disciples shouldn’t be doing that as it was against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.

Before Jesus gave them his full response, he reminded them of the time when King David and his men were hungry and they went into the house of the Lord and ate the special bread that was reserved only for the priest. He told them that was breaking the law too. But God didn’t love David any less.

Jesus concluded his teaching by reminding them of this verse: “‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Matthew 12:7-8 (NLT). This was a resounding rebuke of the Pharisees’ understanding of what really matters to God.

Recently we’ve been talking a lot about being in a new season, and I am certain that there will be people who cross your path in this new season who will need your mercy. As you think about that, remember these few words: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36 (ESV).

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So today, show mercy to others.

B Moments, use

God Will Use You Exactly Where You Are

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God can use you exactly where you are.

Recently, we talked about how God is a god of second chances and about how He is more patient with us than we often are with ourselves. We used the passage about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman as an example.

In this passage, Jesus asked the woman to go and get her husband. Yet he already knew that the woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband.

This woman was so moved by the fact that Jesus knew about her past that she ran back to her town and told everyone to come and see the man who knew everything she had ever done. As a result, this woman, a Samaritan woman who had been married five times previously and who was currently living in sin, brought an entire town to Christ.

God used this woman exactly where she was on her walk. Even though she was flawed or perhaps in need of a do-over, this woman saved, through the grace of Christ, an entire town. In this way, it is clear that sometimes we can be so quick to see ourselves or others as unworthy that we forget that God can still use us to impact the lives of others.

Let us do away with seeing ourselves as flawed and instead see ourselves as being used by God. As you do so, remember these words: “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, expect God to use you.

B Moments, fourth of july

Truly Enjoy Your Fourth of July

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

Scripture reference: Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Happy Fourth of July, B Moment listeners!

Today, I am in holiday mode. Actually, I’ve been in holiday mode since much earlier in the week. Sometimes when a holiday rolls around, I think about all the friends and family and places that I will visit.

I must confess that I also think about all of the great food that I will devour, too. Some of my favorites are burgers and hot dogs right off the grill along with a scrumptious dessert and a great glass of red wine.

Yet as soon as I have those thoughts, I also think about not overdoing it. In other words, I don’t want to defile my body by eating so many unhealthy things.

Then I recall what Jesus taught the Pharisees in Mark 7. One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner and noticed that Jesus did not partake in the hand-washing ceremony that was customary at the time. The Pharisees who were in attendance at the dinner were appalled.

However, Jesus explained to them that you are not defiled by what you eat, but rather by what you say and do. Reading this felt liberating for me because it created such clarity around what really matters to God.

So here is what I want you to do today. Enjoy your Fourth of July. Celebrate. Don’t worry about overeating or overdoing it.

As you do that, remember these words: “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

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So today, really enjoy your Fourth of July.

B Moments, snap judgments

Avoid Making Snap Judgments

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about snap judgments.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was being prepared for Calvary. While the leading priests were planning how to capture Jesus, Jesus was in the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy.

During supper that evening, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head. The Scriptures say the disciples were indignant when they saw this. They quickly assessed that it was a waste of money because she could have sold the perfume for a fortune and given the money to the poor.

However, Jesus surprised them. He asked them why they would berate her for doing such a good thing for him. She had poured the perfume on him to prepare his body for burial.

In other words, the disciples were guilty of making a snap judgment about this woman. They hadn’t known that the woman was exactly where she was supposed to be and doing exactly what she was supposed to do. She was meant to be at that supper to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. Therefore, she was there for God’s purpose.

What situation in your life are you making a snap judgment about? Remember that it is there to prepare you, to strengthen you, and to give you constancy. It is there for God’s purpose.

Release your snap judgments and cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, give up those snap judgments.

Your Small Gift Has a Big Impact

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the impact of small gifts.

Sometimes we can be reluctant to give a small gift because we fear the gift might not have a big enough impact. Yet it is important to remember that the way God measures giving is different than the way society measures it. This is made crystal clear in the story about the widow’s offering.

The story tells of one day when many rich people put large sums of money in the treasury of the temple. They deposited all types of coins in donation as they were giving from their abundance.

However, there was a widow who came in, and she only deposited a couple of coins. Unlike the others, she was giving from her heart, and she was giving what she had. That got Jesus’ attention enough to talk to his disciples about this type of giving.

Therefore, remember that He sees us and He knows the motivation behind our giving. In this spirit, as we are in the giving season, let us not shy away from giving a small gift because we don’t think it will have a big enough impact since we know who’s watching us give.

Let us give, and as we do so, cling to these words: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

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So today, let your small gift have a big impact.

B Moment, kind

Without Judgment, Offer Your Love

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

Scripture reference: 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of showing love and kindness to someone—not because they deserve it, but because they need it.

Sometimes, when we are making a decision about whether to be kind and loving to one another, we get in our heads and base our decision on whether we believe the person is deserving or not. However, I think we should instead get into our hearts and love each other without conditions, just as God has asked us to do.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Rebekah’s story. In the Scriptures, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, so the servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for this future wife.

Yet when the servant reached Rebekah’s town, he was exhausted. He was thirsty and hungry, and his camels were thirsty as well. So, Rebekah not only provided water for the servant, but she also offered to provide water for all ten of his camels.

Rebekah did not know the servant from Adam. She did not make a judgment call about whether she should be kind to him based on his merit. Instead, she knew he needed help and love, and she responded to him in that moment.

Therefore, I would encourage us to reach beyond loving just those in our circle today, and to extend love and kindness to all those who need it. As we do so, let us cling to these words: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

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So today, go love someone.

B Moment, inner circle

The Importance of a Worthy Inner Circle

B Moment, inner circle

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Today, I noticed that Jesus had an inner circle, even among His disciples. I was reading in Mark, Chapter 9, when I realized that Jesus went to the mountaintop accompanied only by His innermost circle–namely Peter, James, and John. In fact, the Scriptures specifically say that there was no one else there.

During their time on the mountaintop, Jesus’ appearance changed, His clothing became a dazzling white, and the prophets Elijah and Moses appeared. However, as Jesus and His disciples descended from the mountainside, He asked them not to say anything about what they had seen.

In Mark 9:10, it says they kept it to themselves.

This is a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle within the twelve disciples. He knew who He could share the most intimate part of His journey with and who He had to shut out.

Another example of this selectivity is seen in the lack of a reference in the Scriptures to a time when Jesus took Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray Him, anywhere private or intimate.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle even when my gut told me it was a bad idea just because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us be reminded of these words, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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So today, think about if there is anyone in your inner circle who does not deserve to be there.

B Moments, big picture

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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)

Today, I am embracing the big picture of my life instead of sweating the small stuff.

There are times when I feel as though I am falling short, and I get in a pattern of chiding myself. This especially happens in the summertime.

In the summertime, I tend to miss church a little more often—sometimes not even for good reason. For instance, the weather might be gorgeous, drawing me outside instead of to church.

I also travel more in the summertime. So many times, I feel as though I’ve fallen short during the summer months because I’ve fallen off my routine.

However, the first thing I had to teach myself when I noticed my feelings of falling short, was that my routine won’t save me.

The second thing I had to do was to show myself that God sees the big picture of who I am. He’s not caught up in any of this day to day small stuff like I am. He sees my worth as I am all the time, not just during a few lapses in the summer.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of Peter. In fact, whenever I think of someone who has spiritually evolved, I think of Peter.

As we know, Peter denied Christ. Yet in the later years, his spirituality evolved so much that sick people would bring their mats out into the streets in the hope that Peter’s shadow might fall on them.

Think about that. They valued even the power in his shadow.

When Peter made mistakes, God knew there was a larger plan for Peter’s life. Just as He knew that for Peter’s life, He knows that for our lives, too.

Let us cling to 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 big picture of your life.