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, settle

Don’t Settle for Less Than God’s Blessings

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 am encouraging us not to settle.

Recently, we’ve been studying the miracles of the prophet Elisha. We talked about how God worked through Elisha to bless the poor widow and to give the rich Shunammite woman a son.

One day, Elisha approached the woman and said, “About this time next year, you’ll give birth to a son.” True to his word, the following year she gave birth to a son.

However, years later her son became ill while he was working in the field with his father. He complained of a severe headache, and shortly thereafter the boy was pronounced dead.

Yet the boy’s mother would not accept his death. She saddled up her donkey and quickly traveled to Elisha so that her child’s life could be restored.

When Elisha first learned about the child’s state, he gave his servant specific instructions on how to heal the boy. Although the servant traveled to the boy and did what he could, the child still didn’t wake.

Then, the woman turned to Elisha and said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you…” 2 Kings 2:2 (ESV). Elisha knew that this mother meant business. He quickly arose and traveled to the woman’s son to save him.

Not only did this mother not give up on her child’s life being restored, she also didn’t settle. She knew that God was working through Elisha, not his servant.

The same can be true for you. Do not settle for anything less than God’s blessings. As you remember that, cling to these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life…” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, don’t settle.

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, absence

In the Absence of Others, God Will Provide

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will provide for you in their absence.

I had this thought as I was reading about the prophet Elisha and the widow. The widow had recently lost her husband and, because of her debt, a creditor was coming to her house to take her two children.

Indebtedness was a common problem throughout the ancient Near East and could often result in a loss of property and the debtor’s freedom. In many instances, the next of kin would intervene, but there was an apparent absence of kin for this widow.

Desperate and not knowing where else to turn, the widow turned to the prophet Elisha as her husband used to work for him. Elisha asked her, “What do you have?” She told him, “I have nothing at all but a flask of olive oil.”

He instructed her to go to all of her friends and neighbors and borrow as many empty vessels as she could. When she returned, he told her to pour the olive oil from the flask into the empty jars until all the jars were filled to the brim.

Then, Elisha told her to sell the olive oil, pay her debts, and support herself and her sons on the money left over. In the absence of her husband and any next of kin, God stepped in and provided for her.

Are you looking at an area in your life that needs provision? Worry no more because the God who existed during the days of the widow is the same God of today who will do the same for you.

As you are comforted by that, cling to these words: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, know that He will provide in their absence.

B Moments, great expectations

Become Pregnant with Great Expectations

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

Scripture reference: Luke 1:37 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about being pregnant with great expectations.

We’re still celebrating the Advent season as we’re a couple weeks before Christmas. As we know, the Advent season is filled with the spirit of expectation about what’s to come.

This season reminds me of the conversation between two expectant mothers, Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was carrying John the Baptist, and Mary was carrying Jesus.

Mary went over to Elizabeth’s house to visit with her. I envision two pregnant women sitting at the kitchen table, chatting it up, and having a conversation about the great expectations of their births. Mary was talking about the coming of Jesus and how he was coming to exalt the lowly.

Both women could identify with this because Elizabeth had been barren her entire life, and the Scriptures say she felt disgraced by this. Mary, on the other hand, said that God took notice of a lowly servant girl, such as herself. They both sat there in conversation with great expectations about what was to come.

So today let me ask you, what are you pregnant with but feel somewhat inadequate to bring to fruition? You may have more self-doubt than you do clarity. Remember, God took a lowly servant girl and anointed her with the blessing to birth the Messiah. As you personalize today’s message, remember these few words: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (ESV)

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So today, keep great expectations about what He will do in your life.

B Moments, search

There Is No Need to Search for Your Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 20:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings will find you; you don’t have to search for them.

We’ve been studying the story of Naomi and Ruth. As we know, Naomi lost her husband and her two sons, and feeling abandoned by God, she decided to return to her hometown. She told her two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, that she was planning to return home. Initially they both insisted on going back with her, but in the end, only Ruth accompanied her.

Even though Ruth was leaving her home, friends, and family behind, she decided to trust the pull on her heart and take the path that God was leading her toward. Little did Ruth know that God would have Boaz waiting for her.

One day, Ruth was working in the fields, and Boaz offered her food and water. She was a foreigner in his land, and she didn’t understand his kindness toward her.

When she asked him why he was being so kind to her, he told her that he didn’t know her, but he knew about the love and kindness she had shown her mother-in-law, Naomi. In other words, Boaz sought her out; she didn’t seek him out.

In the end, Ruth went on to marry Boaz, and God blessed them with a son. Ruth would even become the great-grandmother to King David, which would put her in the lineage of Christ. Look at the goodness God had awaiting Ruth—goodness she didn’t have to go in search of, but goodness that found her.

As you think about that, remember these words: “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” Psalm 20:4 (ESV)

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So today, know that there is no need to chase your blessings.

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, supernatural response

In Challenging Times, Have Your Supernatural Response Ready

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

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

I’m not in the studio today, but I am appreciating what a supernatural response can do for you.

We’re wrapping up our series on navigating through challenging and unknown times. We’ve talked about seeking God for GPS-like directions, meaning direction at every step, as well as how we shouldn’t become too overwhelmed that we forget to start our day in prayer. We also discussed how, despite what we see in our lives day to day, God always has something greater at work.

This reminds me of a passage that I once read in the devotional, Jesus Calling. The point of the devotional was that when things seem to be going wrong, we should trust God. When things seem out of control, we should thank Him. Responding in a supernatural way can lift you above your circumstances.

This is exactly what Jeremiah did. When the Israelites were exiled to Babylon, they were considered refugees, and things were very much out of control for them. However, in this chaos, Jeremiah trusted God’s word and purchased a piece of land that he knew would fall into the hands of the Babylonians.

Jeremiah wanted to show the Israelites just how much he believed in God’s word during the chaos and before God’s promises were fulfilled. His response was a supernatural one.

In the midst of challenging times, let us cling to these words: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

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So today, give a supernatural response.

B Moments, needs

God Is Ready to Meet Your Needs

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will always meet our needs.

Recently, I heard a good story and when I hear a good story, I always like to share it with you. Several years ago, there was a pastor and an assistant pastor who were organizing a new church. Their first informational meeting was being held in someone’s home, and they were expecting about eighteen people. However, on the day of the meeting, the pastor learned that fifty people were now planning to attend, so they were short tables and about thirty-two chairs.

The pastor said, “We can’t appear unprepared for our very first meeting!” The assistant pastor replied, “Don’t worry. You continue to work on your message for this evening. I’ll stop back at my house, and then I’ll go out to find the extra tables and chairs for us.” The pastor said, “Sounds like a plan, but let’s have a quick prayer before you go.” I think their prayer was simply: God, send us more tables and chairs.

The assistant pastor drove home, and as he pulled into his driveway, he noticed a U-Haul truck parked next door. The sliding door on the truck was up and there were several tables and chairs inside. He couldn’t believe it. He knocked on the door and asked the man if he would be able to rent the tables and chairs. The man not only offered the tables and chairs for free, but he rode with the assistant pastor to help him set up for the evening.

I thought this was such a cute story that perfectly underscores how God never misses. He is always there to meet our needs. Be comforted today in knowing that just as God heard their prayer and met their needs, He is doing the same for you. As you reflect on that, remember these words: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, remember that He never misses.

B Moments, acts of kindness

God Sees Your Acts of Kindness

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God responds to our acts of kindness.

In this series, we’re focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. When we think about our acts of kindness, we can probably recall quite a few times we have gone the extra mile for another without the expectation of receiving anything in return. In fact, the other person may not have even known the extent to which we inconvenienced ourselves.

Here’s the key. Given God’s intimate relationship with you, He knows it all. It is just when you are kind for the sake of being kind that He will surprise you and bless you abundantly.

This was the case for Rebekah. One day, Abraham directed his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for the future wife.

When he reached a small town, the servant met a woman named Rebekah and asked her for a drink of water. She not only provided a drink for him, but she offered water to his ten camels too. We can only assume to what extent Rebekah inconvenienced herself to provide water for all ten camels.

Soon after that, the servant asked Rebekah if she would marry Isaac and she said yes. It’s interesting how Rebekah starts out in a servant’s role but ends up as the future daughter-in-law of Abraham, which means she became a very rich woman.

You have an intimate relationship with God, so He knows the perfect way to reward your acts of kindness. As you embrace that idea, remember 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, know that God sees your acts of kindness.