B Moments, door

Your Next Blessing May Come through Any Door

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God will use the least among us to bless us. Because of this, we must keep an open mind about where our next blessing will come from.

In this series about blessings, we’ve talked about what to do in between our blessings. We also discussed the emotional clutter we may need to turn over to God so that we don’t block our blessings. Today, we are thinking about keeping an open mind about where that next blessing will come from because sometimes it comes from those we’d least expect.

As I think about that, I recall the story of the Samaritan woman. When Jesus met her at the well, she had previously had five husbands and she was even, at that time, living with a man who was not her husband.

However, Jesus still chose to reveal to her that he was the Messiah. She returned to her hometown and told everyone there that she had met a man who knew everything about her. In the end, this led to the entire town turning to God.

Therefore, we should be assured that our ways are not God’s ways. We never know which door or person God is going to use to deliver our next blessing. The key is to keep an open mind.

As you reflect on the next blessing you’re waiting for, keep an open mind as to which door God might come through. To remember that, cling to these words: “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

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So today, keep an open mind as to where your next blessing is coming from.

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.

B Moments, see

Believe God’s Word, Not What You See

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should proclaim what God told us despite what we see.

Lately, we’ve been studying Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. Despite the drought, which is what he experienced on a daily basis, Elijah focused on what he heard from God and proclaimed that.

First, Elijah told King Ahab to go and enjoy a good meal because a mighty rainstorm was coming. At this point, Elijah had not seen a drizzle of rain, much less a downpour, but he proclaimed it anyway because God had told him.

Next, Elijah instructed his servant to look toward the sea for rain, but the servant returned only to report that he didn’t see anything. Elijah sent the servant to look again and again, yet each time, he reported no sign of rain.

Finally, on the seventh time, the servant reported a tiny cloud, but still no rain. Elijah took this tiny cloud as a major sign and cautioned all the others that if they didn’t get home before the storm, the rain would stop them.

Elijah was a master of proclaiming what he heard from God and ignoring what his eyes didn’t see. Soon, the clouds turned black and what Elijah proclaimed came to pass. There was, in fact, a mighty rainstorm.

Think about what God has told you. Are you proclaiming it proudly, or are you holding off because you don’t see it yet?

As you focus more on what God said and less on what you see, remember these words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

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So today, hold on to what He told you.

 

B Moments, disallow

God Wants You to Disallow Certain Beliefs

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God wants you to disallow certain beliefs.

Just as important as it is for you to accept or to allow certain beliefs to become ingrained into your conscious thinking, it is equally important for you to disallow or to reject other beliefs. This was the case of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know.

One day, Elisha visited the town of Shunem and met a wealthy woman who was married but had no children. She told her husband that she felt that Elisha was a holy man of God, so she wanted to make a special room for him in their home. That way, he would have a place to stay when he came to town.

Elisha, in turn, wanted to do something special for the woman. He noticed that she had no son and her husband was an old man. So, he sent for her and told her that about this time next year, she would be holding her son in her arms.

The woman was distressed and asked Elisha not to lie to her. The idea of not being able to have children was so deeply ingrained in this woman’s belief system, she was not open to the idea of what God had in store for her. Yet, as Elisha predicted, the woman gave birth to her son the following year.

What belief do you need to disallow so that you can open your mind and heart to what God has in store for you? As you think about that, remember these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, disallow certain beliefs.

B Moments, no title

When Your New Path Has No Title

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)

Today, I am thinking about being on a new path but with no title.

As we wrap up our series honoring graduates, I am reminded of an event I once attended when I listened to a lady rather awkwardly describe her new path. She explained how she had just lost her corporate job due to a merger, but she wasn’t going to seek another corporate job because she felt that God was leading her on a new path. In the interim, she was doing some temporary work.

I could relate to this woman’s every word, even the awkwardness in her delivery; she was telling my own story. Sometimes when you’re working for God, all you have is the feeling He’s put in your heart. All you have is the assignment. You don’t have a title. King David was in a similar position. Despite being named king, he wasn’t formally crowned king until nearly thirteen years later.

I believe God is doing two things when we start on a new path with no title. First, He’s preparing us. He wants to give us the title, but He also wants to make sure we’re spiritually strong enough to keep it. Second, He’s testing us. He wants to make sure we will be faithful with or without a title. This is why many are called but few are chosen. Many people can’t endure the preparation and testing periods.

David teaches us that he didn’t need a title to fulfill God’s assignment, and neither do we. As you think about your assignment, remember 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, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, remember that you’ve been chosen by God; that is all you need.

B Moments, full circle

Let Your Heart Come Full Circle

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when our hearts come full circle.

We are wrapping up our before and after series of our spiritual growth. We’ve taken a before and after look at how our prayers have evolved over time and how our priorities have shifted.

Now, we are reflecting on when our hearts have been touched and changed for the better, which reminds me of Rahab’s story. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked with them about the Lord, 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.

The heart in Rahab that had once inclined her to sell her body now yearned to be open to explore what God had in store for her. Rahab’s heart had come full circle, and God knew that. A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In all the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

When did you have a closed heart about a situation? Is it open now? Take a moment to celebrate your progress, and let that be confirmation that God is continually working in your life. As you do that, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, let your heart come full circle.

B Moments, rainstorm

A Rainstorm of Blessings Awaits You

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently, we’ve been talking about remodeling our spiritual life, including remodeling our prayers. We’re all also familiar with what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about your next move, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, get your umbrella out for your rainstorm of blessings.

B Moments, mic

Let God Drop the Mic 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: Psalm 103:19 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about when God drops the mic.

Recently, we’ve been talking about a fear of lack of provision and the myriad ways God responds to us. Sometimes it is the time when we doubt or need a little proof that God is still in control that He’ll give us that “drop the mic” lesson.

This is what happened to the Israelites at Mount Carmel. The prophet Elijah was terribly frustrated with the Israelites, so he summoned them to Mount Carmel where he asked them how much longer they would waver. He stated that if the Lord is God, they should follow Him; if Baal is God, then they should follow him.

Furthermore, Elijah told them that he was the only prophet standing for God, but Baal had 450 prophets standing for him. So, Elijah asked the others to bring two bulls forward for a little contest. He said that they should choose whichever bull they wished, cut it into pieces, and lay it on the wood of Baal’s altar.

Then, Elijah would choose a bull of his own and lay it on the altar before God. Next, they would call on the name of their god, and Elijah would call on the name of the Lord. The God who answered by setting fire to the wood would be the true God. All of the people agreed.

The people prepared their bull and cried out before Baal. They even began dancing before him, but there was no fire. By this time, Elijah was mocking them, asking if their god was simply asleep.

Yet then Elijah got serious. He went to the Lord and prayed before Him. In an instant, fire flashed down from heaven, and the young bull burned up. That’s what I call a “drop the mic” moment. With that, let us remember these words: “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19 (NIV)

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So today, let God drop the mic in your life.

B Moments, backup plan

To Trust God Entirely, Toss Your Backup Plan

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

Scripture reference: James 1:6 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes keep a backup plan to our prayers.

Lately we’ve been talking quite a bit about prayer. For example, I talked about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t prayed for or even imagined. That said, I also think it’s fair to examine why your prayer might go unanswered.

One reason a prayer might go unanswered is because it is not in alignment with God’s will. Another reason may be because we haven’t let go of our own backup plan. This is the plan that we create just in case God doesn’t come through. We are most likely to create a backup plan when the stakes seem high.

This was certainly the case for Sarah, Abraham’s wife. During this time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, and likely feeling that her stakes were very high, Sarah executed her own backup plan. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation for which you, even subconsciously, have a backup plan? If so, you might want to revisit your approach and cling to these words: “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.” James 1:6 (NLT)

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So today, trust God entirely and toss out your backup plan.