B Moments, doubters

Let God Take Care of Your Doubters

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 138:7 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging you to let God handle your doubters.

Recently we’ve been talking about how we should respond in tenuous situations. We used examples like not responding to evil with evil and not being so quick to dismiss those with ill intentions. We take the high road—not because it is easy but because it is pleasing to God. Now, let’s talk about how God will respond on your behalf.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I am reminded of the enormous assignment God gave Nehemiah, which was to restore about two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls. On the first day of the project, everyone was standing among the rubble and there were many doubters who didn’t believe Nehemiah couldn’t restore the wall.

There was also a particular group of doubters, more like haters, who wanted to make sure Nehemiah didn’t finish his task. They tried to distract him and intimidate him; they even plotted his assassination. Yet Nehemiah stayed focused by engaging in long hours of prayer and work, trusting God to handle his enemies.

God, of course, responded in a miraculous way by inspiring 50,000 others to help Nehemiah rebuild the wall in only 52 days. Remember that God can handle your doubters and haters better than you ever could. As you appreciate that, hold onto these words: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies…” Psalm 138:7 (ESV)

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So today, let God handle your doubters.

B Moments, using

Are You Using What God Gave You?

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:24 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you using what God gave you?

Recently we talked about how Jesus crisscrossed the land to teach the lost, heal the sick, and cast out evil spirits. Yet Jesus knew his days were numbered, so he gave the same authority to his disciples so that they could also teach about the Kingdom of God, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

One day, a man approached Jesus and asked if he would heal his only son. His young boy suffered from an affliction with seizures where he would be violently thrown to the ground, foaming at the mouth. The father said that this evil spirit would hardly ever leave his son alone.

The man also confessed to Jesus that he had begged his disciples to heal him, but they couldn’t do it. That’s interesting because Jesus had just given them the authority to do this.

Jesus turned to his disciples and admonished them. He said, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you before you believe?”

Now I ask you, do you ever get stuck using what God gave you? You know He gave you the gift, the talent, and the authority, but because your faith is waning, you don’t embrace it or engage it.

Later that evening, the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t heal the young boy. Jesus answered that it was because of their faith. He also said that the first step to strengthening your faith is through intimate prayer.

So, take that first step toward using what God gave you through intimate prayer, and hold onto these words: “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)

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So today, use what He gave you.

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.

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, 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, shapes

Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

B Moments, move

The Next Move May Not Be Yours

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when your next move is God’s, not yours.

We are wrapping up our series on remodeling our spiritual life. Using the analogy of remodeling a room, we claimed that sometimes the removal of just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room.

We acknowledged that the same can be true for our spiritual lives. By making just one decision, or by stepping away from just one relationship, we can shift the energy of our path.

But what happens when God makes the move for us?

When God takes away something or removes us entirely from a situation, our natural inclination may be to assume that we did something wrong. Yet at this very moment, we should put our spiritual hat on and remember there is something greater at work.

Recall what happened to Elizabeth, who became pregnant with John the Baptist. She had been barren for years, but when she became pregnant, she went into seclusion for five months.

God removed her from her home not because she had done something wrong, but because she was embarking on a great assignment for Him. Her son, John the Baptist, would be the one to announce the coming of Christ.

Our ways may be to simply remodel, but God’s ways are to transform. As we know, Elizabeth’s life would be forever transformed by the birth of her son.

Therefore, embrace the way God is moving in your life—even if you don’t understand every move—and remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, the next move may not be yours.

B Moments, giving

God’s Gifts Are Always the Best

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:

I am on the road today, but I am thinking about how you can’t beat God at giving.

Recently, we talked about how we may have the best idea that is rooted in the highest good, but it still may not align with God’s will. This was the case with David as he compared his house to the Lord’s house.

David saw that he lived in a house of cedar, yet the Lord’s dwelling was nothing more than a tent. This bothered David and he felt that he had to fix this. It was on his heart to build a temple for God—not just any temple, but a magnificent temple that would glorify God.

However, later that night, word came to Nathan from God that it was not David who would build the temple. Even though David may have been heartbroken by this news, he didn’t wallow in his sadness. Instead, he accepted God’s will. In turn, this is how God responded.

First, God reminded David of what he had already done. The Lord had moved David from the pasture to be prince over his people. God was also with him through every battle and cut off his enemies at every direction. Finally, God told David that David’s son would be the one to build the temple and that his throne would be established forever.

In this story we see that David’s sincere heart was trying to build a house for God, and in turn, God was building a dynasty for David. Whatever you have on your heart today to do for God or to do for His children, keep at it and watch how God blesses you and your loved ones.

As you think about that, hold onto 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, know that you can’t beat God at giving.

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, 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.