B Moments, approval

Remember Whose Approval Matters Most

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 2:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about our inclination to seek approval.

In this series, we’ve been talking about how we interact with those in positions of power. Sometimes we are more inclined to seek approval from those in higher places.

Recently, I was talking about the time when David was on the run from King Saul. I talked specifically about how Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. In that moment, David stepped forward to take Saul’s life, but then quickly decided not to do so.

Soon after Saul left, David ran out of the cave and towards Saul to make him aware of the good David had just done. In fact, David even called out to Saul, “Look, my father!” Notice how David still referred to the man who was trying to kill him as his father.

David then showed Saul a piece of Saul’s robe that he had cut off in the cave. David was trying to prove to Saul that while he had the chance to take Saul’s life, he chose not to seize the opportunity.

However, even though David tried to appeal to Saul, he did so after the the fact. In other words, he didn’t seek Saul’s approval until after he had already sought the approval of God.

Sometimes, we can work so hard to win the approval of others, especially those in a higher position, that we lose sight of who is ultimately in the position of power.

Therefore, let us remember who is ultimately in control as we cling to these words: “…so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (ESV)

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So today, remember whose approval really matters.

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.

B Moments, intervene

God Still Hasn’t Come to My Rescue

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

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God could intervene, but He hasn’t.

We started the week talking about enduring what feels like unfair treatment by others. Today, we’re exploring what it feels like when the “unfair treatment” is coming from God.

All throughout the Bible, we’ve seen the hand of God take charge and turn around some of the most catastrophic situations—sometimes with only moments to go. For example, when He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites escaped Pharaoh’s army just in the nick of time. We also see God time and again extend His merciful hand to the sinful.

Yet it seems as though God’s hand remained still when it came to Job, a man whom God himself acknowledged as the finest man on earth but still allowed to suffer on so many levels.

You might wonder how God can divinely intervene for others, and yet, as faithful as you have been, remain so passive in a situation close to you. You may even be tempted to tell God that He’s being unfair.

However, it is important to remember two things. First, we should be encouraged that God is always at work. Even when it feels like His position is a passive one, He’s always working.

Second, in the case of Job, God was using his suffering for a higher purpose. The same is true for you. What feels like unfair treatment today is serving a higher purpose for your tomorrow.

Let us be encouraged as we hold onto this timeless verse: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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So today, know that it’s all for your good.

B Moments, flesh

Choose Your Spirit Over Your Flesh

B Moments, flesh

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the constant pull between our flesh and spirit.

In this series, I’m thinking about those things that can draw us into a deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over our flesh. This is exactly the decision David was faced with when his men brought him a drink offering.

One day, David expressed to three of his mightiest warriors that he was longing for a drink from the well in Bethlehem. So, the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from that very well in Bethlehem.

Yet when David learned that his own men risked their lives to get the water for him, he poured the water out on the ground. For those observing this, it must have been confusing as the warriors had just risked their lives to get the special water, and David merely threw it on the ground.

However, David saw things differently. He understood that the liquid that his men brought back was far more precious than mere water to quench his thirst. Therefore, he decided to forego his flesh to offer the precious water as an offering to God.

During the Lent season, we are constantly faced with choosing between our flesh and spirit, but when we make the right choice, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. What are you choosing to offer up to God today to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, allow these words to encourage you: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, choose your spirit over your flesh.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, shine

Let God’s Light Shine through You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of letting God’s glory shine through you.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked why the man was born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because sometimes our human inclination is to want to know why something happened or why it didn’t happen. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to his disciples in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor all the time, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives.

As this is a holiday week and many of you will be vacationing or staycationing or just taking it easy in general, let the light of God shine through you. Allow all that He has done in your life to bring about a glow, and let someone else be touched and impacted by your glow.

As you do that, remember these words: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, let God’s light shine through 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, in motion

Your Future Blessings Are in Motion Today

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 puts His blessings in motion long before we experience them.

In this series, we’ve been focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. We also talked about His three key attributes. He is omniscient, which means he knows everything about you. He’s omnipresent, which means He goes everywhere with you. And He is omnipotent, which means He has the infinite power to answer your prayers.

David makes this even clearer in Psalm 139 when he says, “You saw me even before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.” This idea caused me to reflect on how God will put a blessing in motion long before we experience it.

Recently, we talked about Joseph’s life, and this was surely the case for him. When we read Genesis 37, we see that Joseph was sold into slavery and ended up in prison. Yet by Genesis 41, just four chapters later, Joseph is no longer enslaved or imprisoned. He has been elevated to the role of second man in charge of all of Egypt, and he sees the country through a seven-year drought. Joseph’s position would also lead to him being reunited with his family.

Sometimes, when we experience a blessing from God, we think about it when we receive it, in the here and now. We miss that God is so intimately connected with our life’s path that the blessing we experience today was put into motion long ago. Embrace that idea by clinging to these fitting 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, know that your good for tomorrow is being put into motion today.

B Moments, intimate relationship

God Hears Your Spoken and Unspoken Prayers

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

Scripture reference: Psalms 66:19 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about what is really going on when God answers our prayers.

In this series, we’ll be focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. To gain a better understanding of just how intimate our relationship is with God, it’s important to understand His three key attributes.

God is omniscient, which means He knows everything about you. He’s omnipresent, which means He goes everywhere with you. And He’s omnipotent, which means He has the infinite power to fulfill the desires of your heart, if that is His will for you at that time.

David makes this level of intimacy even clearer in Psalm 139. He says, “Lord, you’ve examined my heart and you know everything about me. You know when I sit down and stand up. You know my every thought. You know what I’m about to say even before I say it.”

This prompted me to think about how God hears our prayers. Specifically, it made me recall the story about Abraham’s servant.

One day, Abraham put his servant on an important assignment where the stakes were very high. His servant was both fretful and exhausted, so he stopped to pray. God, of course, was with him. He knew what the servant would pray about before he opened his mouth. God answered his prayers before the servant even opened his eyes.

If you are a little tired and fretful, be comforted in knowing that you’re in an intimate relationship with God. He knows your prayers before you even utter them to Him. As you embrace that idea, cling to these words: “But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.” Pslams 66:19 (NLT)

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So today, know that God hears your prayers, both spoken and unspoken.