B Moments, rise above

Rise Above the Issues of Your Day

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about the importance of rising above the issues of our day.

During this Lent season, we’ve talked about various ways to be in deeper communion with God. Recently I had an experience that reminded me of just that. Last week I drove to the grocery store and just as I turned down the aisle in search of a parking spot, my car stopped. It died on me in the middle of the aisle. As cars began to pile up behind me, I threw my flashers on and waved my hand for everyone to go around me.

Yet just a few moments later, a man walked up and offered to push my car into a parking spot. After he pushed me, I jumped out of the car to thank him and said, “Only God sent you my way so quickly!” He smiled and said, “Your car likely needs a jump, so I’ll just pull my truck around.”

As the man walked away, a woman who was standing nearby said a few words to me that I’ll never forget. She said, “You’re right, God probably sent him to you, so take that frantic look off your face. As a follower of Christ, even when you’re going through something, you’re not supposed to look like it.” Then she politely walked off. She was really saying go deeper with Him and rise above your current issue.

When I turn to the Scriptures, this is exactly what Cornelius did. Cornelius was a devout man of God who gave generously to the poor, but because he was a Gentile, the Jews saw him as impure and rejected him. Imagine the conditions Cornelius lived under day in and day out; yet he was still able to transcend the issues of his day, stay connected to God, and care for his fellow man.

As you transcend your issues, hold onto these words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, rise above.

B Moments, rainstorm

Get Your Umbrella Out for a Rainstorm of Blessings

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)

Transcription:

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

Recently we talked about the Lent season and how it’s the perfect time to remodel our prayers and to examine our spiritual growth. We said it’s like watching the before and after images of a house being remodeled on HGTV.

Keeping that same line of thinking, we know 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 that, 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 a rainstorm of blessings.

B Moments, good deed

Your Good Deed Will Lead You There

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about when you’re unsure of where your good deed will lead.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the good deed Esther’s cousin Mordecai did on behalf of the king. One day, Mordecai overheard two eunuchs plotting the assassination of the king. He told Queen Esther of their plot, and she passed the information along to the king.

The king did an extensive investigation and found that what Mordecai had said was true; there really was a plot on his life. Esther told the king that Mordecai was the one responsible for uncovering the assassination plot, yet Mordecai’s good deed was not acknowledged at the time.

Oddly enough, shortly thereafter there was a plot to have Mordecai killed. Yet as God would have it, the night before Mordecai was to be executed, the king realized that he had still not done anything for Mordecai, who had saved his life. So, Mordecai’s good deed was not only rewarded, but it was rewarded at the most appropriate time.

Sometimes, we do a good deed and don’t see a return, but we need to remember that God always sees what we do and that our good deeds bring us even closer to Him. As you think about how God is working through you and in your life, hold onto these words: “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, remember where your good deed leads.

B Moments, risk

Will You Risk What You Have for Something More?

B Moments, risk

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking a question: Are you willing to risk what you already have for something more?

Personally, I’ve been at this place before; I’ve had the opportunity to leave the comforts of what I had for something more. Yet I couldn’t make the leap at that time. I got to the brink, but I lacked the inner strength to get to the other side. When I think back about what could have been holding me back, I think it was the risk of losing the safety of what I already had. Sometimes, that means existing relationships.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Gideon’s story. Gideon was chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, an army that significantly outnumbered Gideon and his men. Although Gideon would be victorious over the Midianites, his truest battle was taking on his God-given assignment among those who knew him best—among those who would be the first to judge him.

Gideon was already locked into a way of being with his family members and the other tribes. He played a small, non-threatening role, and in turn, they loved him as “Little Gideon.” Yet God had something more for him. In the end, Gideon chose to leave the safety of what he already had for more.

Now I ask you, are you willing to do the same? As today is the first day of the Lent season, see this question as an invitation to the more that God has for you. As you receive that, cling to these words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

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So today, leap for your miracle and never look back.

B Moments, expect

Expect the Unexpected When God Answers Your Prayer

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

Scripture reference: Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am encouraging you to expect the unexpected. By this I mean that it’s important to keep an open mind about who or what God chooses to work through.

Recently I was reading about the Israelites and their long journey toward the Promised Land. They became very hungry and thirsty along the way, so God instructed Moses to command a nearby rock to pour out its water.

Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and suddenly water spurted forth. There was actually enough water to satisfy both the people and their livestock.

After reading this passage, I thought to myself that we just never know who or what God will use to meet our needs. Moses and Aaron only saw a rock, so they didn’t think twice about that rock being their source for water—even though that is what ultimately ended up quenching their thirst.

In the same way, we may judge a person or a new opportunity and quickly dismiss it for not being a source that can fulfill our need. I know this is especially true for me because I oftentimes become fixated on one way a problem can be solved, and lose sight of all the other ways God can solve things.

Sometimes it is the one we least expect or the new opportunity we resist the most through which God will choose to answer our prayers. In what area of your life do you need to expect the unexpected?

As you think about that, remember these words: “How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

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So today, expect the unexpected.

B Moments, line

Are You Willing to Put Everything on the Line?

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

Scripture reference: James 4:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you willing to put it all on the line?

Recently we talked about having a high grit factor, and we defined grit as the ability to persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals despite a series of setbacks. As an example of someone with a high grit factor, we talked about the woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years because she knew how to persevere.

The morning the woman learned that Jesus was coming to town, she got up, prepared herself, and pressed her way through a very large crowd. She thought that she could be healed if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment—and she was, in fact, healed.

Yet there was another person mentioned in the same passage who demonstrated a high grit factor as well, but in a different way. This man’s name was Jairus. He approached Christ to come and heal his daughter.

Jairus was a significant person in society because he was the leader of the synagogue. Yet when he approached Jesus, he fell to Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come and heal his daughter before the large crowd.

Jairus knew how to put it all on the line. He dismissed his pride and his title and what others might think of him. He was humble. He surrendered before God to get what he needed.

What do you need to put on the line? As you think about that, remember these words: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 (ESV)

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So today, put it all on the line.

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.