B Moments, prayer time

How Do You Start Your Morning?

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 5:17 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminding myself of the importance of my daily prayer time.

Lately, I’ve had a wave of work and family events crashing over me. To put it mildly, it’s been a stressful time.

Typically I’m an early riser, but this wave of work and stress is causing me to have late nights, which makes it very difficult to rise early. Instead of rising early, I’ve been sleeping in as long as I can.

When this happens, it throws me off my daily routine. This means that I’ve been missing my morning worship time, which is the time I dedicate to my prayers and studying the Scriptures.

What I’ve noticed is that this has been impacting my spirit in several ways. I’m less tolerant, and I’m more impatient. I’ve even been experiencing some anxiety.

I once heard a pastor say that there are three “A’s” associated with the power of prayer. The first “A” is that prayer gives you the authority over the voices in this world. The second “A” gives you an assurance of your plan and purpose. The third “A” gives you an anointing required to make a difference.

I have been missing my prayer time, and I’m noticing a difference in these areas. If you are like me, feeling stressed and overwhelmed, let us remember these few words: “Pray without ceasing…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

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So today, don’t become too stressed that you don’t start your morning the right way.

B Moments, came

Christ Came to Save Us All, Despite Our Shortcomings

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 9:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how it’s important to remember for whom Christ came.

We’re wrapping up our series on expectations today. In this series, we’ve talked about how sometimes God will bring us to the brink only to reveal His awesome power.

We’ve also talked about how we feel when we fall short and don’t feel worthy of His grace as well as how that grace is His loving gift to us, not a reward for our good behavior.

As we celebrate the birth of Christ and expect his second coming, let’s be extremely clear about for whom he came. One way to do this is by exploring his genealogy.

One observation is that there are five women in Jesus’ lineage: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. This is somewhat unusual because descent was usually traced through men as they were recognized as the head of the household.

Furthermore, as we take a closer look at these women, we also see that Rahab and Ruth were Gentiles, and Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba were all women who had character issues.

Rahab was a prostitute. Bathsheba was married to a man but fell in love with another man and ended up having a child for him.

We can easily see that Jesus’ lineage had a mix of heroes, Gentiles, prostitutes, and adulterers, just to name a few. Yet he came to be savior to them all.

Who do you know today that needs to be reminded that Christ came for them, despite whatever they believe their shortcomings are?

As you think about that, remember these words: “’I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (ESV)

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So today, let God use you.

B Moments, place

God Is with You, Even There

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

Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is with us—even when we’re in a place we don’t want to be.

Sometimes, this place can be physical, like a job or a relationship. Other times, it can be an emotional or spiritual state.

This was the case with Joseph after his brothers sold him into slavery. During that time, Joseph was purchased by a man named Potiphar.

As soon as he arrived at Potiphar’s doorstep as a slave, God’s favor was upon Joseph. Even Potiphar noticed God’s favor on him and ended up putting Joseph in charge of his entire household.

However, this was short-lived because Joseph was falsely accused of a crime, and Potiphar ended up throwing Joseph in jail.

Yet as the Scriptures say, the Lord was with Joseph there too. Joseph now had favor with the chief jailer.

Sometimes, when we find ourselves in a place that seems inconsistent with our overall journey—a place we believe we don’t deserve to be—we become so focused on resisting the place that we miss God’s hand of favor there.

Let us remember that God is with us, even in those seemingly unjustified, dark places, by clinging to these words: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

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So today, remember He is with you wherever, whenever.

B Moments, understand

Do You Seek to Trust or Understand God?

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminded that trust is more important than understanding.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of understanding. As you’ve heard me share often, I find it disturbing that our country is so divided. This is why I think that understanding is so important and that we should seek to understand rather than to be understood.

What I’m appreciating even more now though, is that understanding is less relevant when it comes to God. Sometimes I find myself in a quandary trying to figure out God’s next move for my life. Yet what matters most to God is not understanding Him but rather trusting in Him. When we can trust Him, especially when we don’t understand something, that is when we please Him most.

I recall reading that as close as the disciples were to Christ, they didn’t always understand what he was teaching them. This was especially true when he taught using parables. In other words, the disciples often didn’t know where God was leading them or why He was leading them to that specific place. Yet as Jesus points out in the Scriptures, “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

The disciples may have lacked understanding, but they compensated with a willingness to trust Jesus. Is there an area in your life today that has a cloud of confusion hovering over it? If so, hold onto these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, remember: trusting far outweighs understanding.

B Moments, behalf

Unbeknownst to You, God Is Working on Your Behalf

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

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God is steadily working on your behalf.

Recently, we considered our current political climate, and I talked about Habakkuk’s story and how he also endured political turmoil. He asked God how long he would have to cry out for help before God would hear and respond to his prayers.

Sometimes, the turmoil we experience can hit even closer to home, and we may feel that God is sitting idly by, allowing matters to only become worse. It is during these times that we think very little is happening, but that could not be further from the truth. This is what the Israelites had to learn.

Balak, the king of Moab, was desperately trying to save himself and his people, so he hired Balaam to curse Israel. However, as we know, God is always in control. Because of this, God actually used Balaam to bless the Israelites rather than to harm them.

As I read this passage, I learned two interesting facts. First, as Balaam approached the Israelites, they had no idea they were in danger. In other words, God saved them from something that they had no idea posed a threat to them. This shows how God, unbeknownst to us, is always working on our behalf.

The second takeaway is that the Israelites were not in the best standing with God. They had been complaining about their prayers not being answered. Yet God still worked on their behalf.

Let us be encouraged today that God is working on our behalf when we are faithful and when we are not. As we hold onto that, let us remember these words: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is always at work in your life.

B Moments, give

Give God the Glory He Is Due

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today as I am still on the road, I am thinking about the importance of giving God the glory.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see that this is exactly what the prophet Elisha did when he performed one of his miracles. In this instance, there was a man named Naaman, who was the commander of the Syrian army. Naaman was known as a mighty man of valor, but he was also a leper.

Initially, Naaman was told that the king of Israel could heal him. Given that he was a Syrian, he had to get special permission to approach the king of Israel. Once he received permission, he approached the king with many gifts and asked him sincerely to heal him of leprosy. The king, in astonishment, tore his clothing and asked, “Am I God?” In other words, he acknowledged the fact that he had no power to heal Naaman.

When Elisha heard about the situation, he sent for Naaman and healed him himself. In return, Naaman offered Elisha gifts. However, Elisha refused them because he didn’t want to take personal responsibility for Naaman’s healing. Elisha wanted Naaman to understand that it was God who worked through him to heal his leprosy. Instead of accepting the gifts, Elisha chose to give God the glory.

As you think about that, remember these words: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

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So today, know that great things happen when you give God the glory.

B Moments, deeper

You Must Go Deeper to Go Higher

B Moments, deeper

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we must first go deeper to go higher.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how God chooses us for greater assignments and, ultimately, for greater blessings. I also spent quite a bit of time talking about Gideon’s life as an example of someone who saw themselves as unworthy and unqualified to receive God’s call.

Although there have been times that I’ve felt unworthy as well, what I’ve found puts me in the right frame of mind to receive greater is to be in deeper communion with God. In other words, if I want to go higher, I must first go deeper with Him.

When I studied the Scriptures, I noticed that Jesus always went deeper to go higher, especially in the Gospels. In the Gospels, Jesus spent a lot of time teaching and healing, yet if we look closely, there’s a pattern.

Jesus typically taught, healed, and then withdrew to the wilderness to be in deeper communion with God. This is a pattern that he repeated over and over again. He taught, he healed, then he withdrew to some remote area to be with God.

What we can draw from this is that the effectiveness of his work was directly linked to his communion with God. It is truly the foundation of all other actions.

Let us cling to these words as we inspire ourselves for greater: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

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So today, go deeper with God and go higher in your endeavors.

B Moments, first

No Matter the Season, Keep Him First

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how, no matter the season, we have to keep God first.

We’re wrapping up our series on being in a new season today. So far, we’ve talked about trusting God’s path even when it seems indirect, avoiding having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, remembering the Holy Spirit as our Counselor when we are embarking on a new season, and keeping our expectations high. Let us close this series by remembering to always keep God first no matter the cares of this world.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she was preparing his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted with a sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with the expensive perfume were secondary to how she would put God first in her life.

Let her be an example to us today as we look to put God ahead of the cares of this world. As we do that, let us remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the season, keep Him first.

B Moments, reaching

God Is Reaching 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: Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will send for you.

Recently, I shared a story about a pastor and an assistant pastor who were starting a church. Just a few hours before their first informational meeting was about to start, they discovered they were short several tables and quite a few chairs.

The pastor was worried about appearing unprepared for their first meeting. However, the assistant pastor said, “‘Don’t worry. You continue working on your message for this evening. I’ll stop at home for a moment, and then I‘ll go out to find more tables and chairs.” Before they went their separate ways, they had a quick prayer, something like: God, please 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 that was filled with tables and chairs. He couldn’t believe it! He knocked on the door and asked the man if he would be willing to rent him the tables and chairs. The man not only offered them for free, but he helped the pastor set up for the evening and ended up staying for the meeting himself.

After the meeting, the pastor was telling the story about the little miracle of the tables and chairs. The man who provided the tables and chairs overheard him and said, “That’s not the miracle. The miracle is with me. This has been a very low period for me. My wife and I are separated and my daughter is not handling our separation well. I didn’t know where to turn and God knew that, so He sent a pastor to my doorstep to get me. That’s the miracle.”

Since then, the man has reunited with his wife and daughter and they are doing well. This is a beautiful story and a great reminder that if you are ever too low to reach for God, He will reach for you. As you think about that, remember these words: “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

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So today, know that He’s reaching for you.

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.