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, 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, first

How Should You Respond to God?

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)

Today, I am thinking about how we respond to God’s comfort.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the ways God can comfort us. We also said that there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life.

We even talked about how God gives us instruction as to how we might obtain eternal life in Jesus’ sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5:5, one of the ways is revealed to be that God blesses those who are gentle and lowly for the whole earth will belong to them.

As I think about that passage, I think about 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 prepared 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 in a lowly way in the sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with that expensive perfume were secondary to her concern for Jesus.

Let us think about the ways we put God first in our lives so that we might please Him. As you think about that, 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, let’s exceed God’s expectations on how we put Him first.

B Moments, spirit and truth

Wherever You Are, Worship in Spirit and Truth

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

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I am reminding us about the importance of worshiping in truth and in spirit.

We are approaching summer, and I must say that I am so grateful that June is finally here. This is the time of year for travel and fun times with family and friends.

With that thought in mind, however, it is also those summer months where we can be most thrown off our routine. This reminds me of the importance of always remembering to worship in spirit and in truth, whether you’re in the comforts of your own home, or you’re off somewhere on vacation.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship, while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors had worshiped.

Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

Jesus was teaching us that all of that other stuff that sometimes we may place more emphasis on is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit.

This summer, if your schedule is all over the place, just remember these words when you do worship: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, worship in spirit and truth.

B Moments, humility

Your Humility Will Be Rewarded

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

We started this week by honoring our unsung heroes. We’ve also talked about serving in the shadows. Let us top this series off by reminding ourselves about the power of humility. When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

Therefore, if you’re facing a daunting situation, try embodying a sense of humility and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

B Moments, comfort

Do You Know God’s Greatest Gift?

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

Scripture reference: 1 John 4:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life.

We’ve been talking a lot about all of the ways God comforts us. We talked about how in some instances, He will promptly respond to a situation or will turn a dire situation around. He will also take extra care in choosing certain life scenarios that will teach us.

However, there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life, which God taught us when Jesus gave his sermon on the mount. In that sermon, Jesus revealed that how we love God and how we love others is most important to him. Jesus also taught about the Pharisees to demonstrate how not to behave.

When we look at the Pharisees, we see that they paid their tithes religiously. They even gave away a tenth of the herbs they had stored in their homes, and they practiced fasting regularly. It would be easy to believe that during those days, that was a spiritual greatness that would be rewarded with eternal life.

Yet Jesus explained to the contrary. He taught that outwardly, the Pharisees portrayed an exemplary image of holiness. Yet inwardly, where only God could see, they were like whitewashed tombs.

Jesus revealed that although we should not do away with the outer zeal, we must couple it with an inner zeal. That is reflected in how we love God and how we love others. That is the real path to eternal life. As we think about that, let us remember these words: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that there is no greater comfort than eternal life.

B Moments, behind the scenes

We Serve a Behind the Scenes God

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)

Today, I am thinking about how we serve a “behind the scenes” God.

Recently, we talked about the depths of a mother’s love. We spoke about how some of her sacrifices are obvious, but other sacrifices can go unseen and unspoken.

The same is true for God’s love. Sometimes His hand can appear front and center. Other times, He is busy at work behind the scenes. This is when we might think not much is happening on our behalf, but that could not be farther 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.

Here are the two key takeaways from the story. 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. In this way, it is clear that God is helping us, working behind the scenes even when we are unaware of His work.

The second piece of the story is that the Israelites were not in the best standing with God. They had been complaining continuously because they were not in the Promised Land.

I was encouraged by this, and you should be too. God is working behind the scenes, both when we are faithful and even when we are not. Let us cling to 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, God is working behind the scenes for you.

B Moments, exhale

Exhale in the Arms of God

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (NLT)

Today I am imagining myself exhaling in the arms of God and remembering His promises.

Sometimes, after all of the praying and fasting and journaling and helping, we need to just take a breath and be reminded of God’s promises. Occasionally, we may forget to do this and may end up talking ourselves out of believing that God’s promises will ever materialize. This is exactly what happened to the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land. The Scriptures say that after these twelve leaders explored the land for forty days, they came back to give Moses a report. They told him the land was magnificent and was truly overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also overwhelmingly frightened by the residents of the land. They thought it was an advanced, well-fortified city with giant, strong people, so they couldn’t wrap their minds around how they would end up conquering the land.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise and wanted to return to Egypt. This situation is striking because God had just parted the Red Sea for them. They didn’t take a moment to exhale and to remember God’s promises, to remember what He had already done.

So the next time you are trusting in God’s word but see something that causes doubt to creep in, imagine yourself exhaling in His arms, renewing your faith, and remembering His promises. In the meantime, cling to these words: “All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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So today, exhale.

B Moments, between

What Should You Do between 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: Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question: what do we do in between God’s blessings?

In this series we’re focusing on our blessings and our relationship to them. When I think about this question, I realize that the key is to remember that if He did it for us before, He can and will do it for us again.

When I think about this topic, I reflect on the Israelites. We recall how God performed an amazing miracle when the Israelites appeared to be trapped between the wilderness and the Red Sea.

However, even after He parted the sea and created a dry path for the Israelites to cross on, they immediately became preoccupied with what was next. For them, that was worrying about what they were going to eat and drink.

Although they didn’t necessarily panic like they did when Pharaoh was charging toward them, they definitely began to fret. I think that is common. When God delivers one blessing and we’re waiting on Him to answer the next, we may experience a sense of anxiety.

The best way to calm yourself while you’re waiting on God to answer is to go back and reflect on a time when the circumstances seemed impossible, but God saw you through to the other side.

What situation are you waiting for God to deliver on for you? Think about that and remember these words: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember that what He did before, He can and will do again.

B Moments, promptly

God Will Promptly Respond to Comfort You

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

Today, I am reminding myself about how promptly God responds.

In this series, I am thinking about all of the ways God will move to comfort us. One way He comforts us often is by hearing our prayers and responding to them promptly.

This was precisely the case for King Hezekiah, who strived to follow in the footsteps of King David. He also genuinely trusted in God as he took away all of the shrines and false gods that his people had been worshiping for years.

However, fourteen years into his reign, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah. He demanded that Hezekiah pay him eleven tons of silver and one ton of gold. To get that much, Hezekiah had to take all of the silver from the temple and all of the gold off of the doors.

Yet even after Hezekiah paid him, Sennacherib came back asking for more. This time, he wanted to take over Judah and its people.

When Hezekiah learned this, he went to the temple, crying out before the Lord and begging God to open His ears to his prayers. God heard his cries and responded promptly. That very night, an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 men in Sennacherib’s army, including Sennacherib.

Let us be inspired today that God will also bring us comfort by responding promptly to our prayers. As we think about that, let us cling to these words: “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that He is comforting you.