B Moments, remain steadfast

Remain Steadfast Despite Others’ Disbelief

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should remain steadfast, even if we don’t have the support of those closest to us.

Recently we’ve been honoring graduates and talking about being on a new path. Sometimes, when we start something new, we don’t always have the support of those closest to us. This was surely the case for Jesus when it came to his brothers.

While Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew his real identity and his true purpose here on Earth, Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe he was the Messiah until after his Resurrection. Not only did they not believe in him, they even taunted him and made fun of him. They would mock him by saying things such as, “If you can do such wonderful things, then go and prove it to the world.”

Jesus teaches us two key things about how to respond in a situation like this. First, he ignored their criticism and sarcasm. He did not allow their disbelief to stop him from fulfilling his purpose. Second, and most important, he showed appreciation and respect to those who did support his efforts.

Do you have someone close to you who is not supporting you the way you’d like to be supported? If so, love them anyway, as Jesus loved his brothers, and be sure to love and show appreciation for those who are supporting you.

As you do that, remember these words: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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So today, remain steadfast even if those closest to you don’t believe.

B Moments, multi-faceted

Trust God’s Multi-Faceted Plan 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)

Today, I am thinking about my one-dimensional plan compared to God’s multi-faceted plan for my life.

Recently, we’ve been honoring graduates. We talked about being in between seasons as well as looking back on certain parts of our journey and declaring that every step was worth it. We spoke about how God is constantly working behind the scenes whether we realize it or not. Yet there are also times when God doesn’t fix things when or how we want.

This reminds me of a book signing that I once attended. The author shared that it can sometimes be a part of human nature to look for a silver bullet. In other words, we want every problem in our lives to be solved at once.

He then gave a couple of examples, one being winning the lottery and how we’d like all of our issues to be resolved in one lump sum. Another example he gave was when we have a business idea and assume it would instantly be a huge hit.

Listening to this author caused me to reflect on my own journey. I remember when I used to pray to God and tell Him that I had the faith and He had the power. I thought that with those two things, we would do something magical and all my challenges would melt away.

After praying for this simple solution to every one of my problems, I was dismayed because I felt that I was exercising my faith, yet God wouldn’t grant me that fix-all answer.

However, I have learned that God’s plan is multi-faceted and spans my entire life, whereas my plan is usually one-dimensional and for one season. As you release more of your own plan and embrace God’s, 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 God’s multi-faceted plan for your life.

B Moments, thirst

Your Thirst for Justice Will Be Quenched

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)

Today, I am thinking about our thirst for justice.

This week we’ve been focusing on the teachings of Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Today, I am reflecting on Matthew 5:6, which tells us that God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice and that they will receive it in full.

My early career days were spent in sales, which is where I learned that the sales process doesn’t get started until you’ve been told no. This is surely the case for those who hunger and thirst for justice since they endure so much before they are told yes.

When I turn to the Scriptures, this reminds me of what happened to Moses when he went before Pharaoh and asked him to release the Israelites from slavery. In fact, Moses’ situation was even more challenging in some ways because Pharaoh initially told Moses yes before God hardened his heart and turned his answer to no.

It’s very difficult to be told yes and get your hopes up only to eventually be told no. This happened to Moses not once, but ten times. Yet here’s the key: he trusted God at every no.

If you are hungering and thirsting for something yet you are being told no at every turn, do not despair. Remember, Jesus tells us that we will receive it in full. You just have to stay the course.

As you think about that, hold onto these words to keep you going: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, keep pressing toward your yes.

B Moments, flesh

Your Spirit Is Willing and Your Flesh Is Strong

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about those times when our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was prepared for Calvary. Recently, I had a woman share with me that no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t change a certain behavior. She prayed about it, she talked about it with her friends, but she just became weak every time the situation presented itself.

This woman’s struggle reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew this would be the night they would come for him and arrest him. The Scriptures say he was filled with anguish and felt deep distress.

Therefore, he asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray. He prayed to God, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

Jesus then turned to his disciples, only to find them asleep when he had specifically asked them to keep watch. To this, he said, “For though the spirit is willing, the body is weak.”

What’s interesting in this passage is that Jesus shows us how to overcome weakness. In his prayer, he asked that the suffering be taken away, showing his weakness as he knew his suffering was necessary. However, he overcomes that weakness by desiring God’s will over his own.

If your spirit is willing but your flesh remains weak, cling to these words for hope and inspiration: “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

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So today, your spirit is willing and so is your flesh.

B Moments, compartmentalize

Avoid Compartmentalizing God to the Difficult Times

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes compartmentalize God.

Early on in my spiritual walk, I would often seek God for whatever pressing matter I was dealing with at the time. If I had a problem with my career, I’d turn to Him. If I was struggling with my finances, I’d turn to Him. If I had an issue in my marriage, I’d turn to Him.

In other words, I was turning to God in difficult times, which was good. Yet what I’ve learned is that rather than compartmentalizing God to the problem of the day, I need to strive to keep Him at the center of all things in my life, good and bad.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see this is exactly how Daniel lived. In fact, Daniel even had a method to accomplishing this. He would dedicate a certain place and time each day to praying and meditating.

Daniel teaches us that talking with God in the same place and at the same time every day will help us keep God at the center of our lives instead of simply compartmentalizing Him to our next crisis.

If you don’t already have a dedicated place and time to worship, the Lent season is the perfect time to begin this practice. If you engaged in this practice at one time and need to resume it, this is the perfect time as well.

As you identify your new place and time, remember these words: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

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So today, make God the center of all things in your life.

B Moments, spin

Avoid Putting Your Own Spin on God’s Will

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes we can put our own spin on fulfilling God’s will.

In this series, we are talking about embracing God’s will and about how sometimes we can miss the mark. King Saul’s life is a perfect example of this.

One day, Saul was given specific instructions from God to go and destroy the Amalekites. The Amalekites were being killed because of their opposition to the Israelites when they came from Egypt.

Saul was instructed to kill the entire nation, including the cattle, sheep, and donkeys—everything. Yet when Saul mobilized his army of 200,000, he slaughtered the Amalekites but spared the king and kept all the cattle, despite God’s clear instructions.

When Samuel, the prophet, questioned Saul about it, he said that he had obeyed the Lord. In fact, he said that he intended to sacrifice the cattle before the Lord.

However, God didn’t ask Saul to sacrifice; He asked him to obey. Partial obedience is not obedience. Saul fulfilled part of God’s will and put his own spin on the rest.

How often do we do this? We fulfill part of what God is asking us to do and then we try to overcompensate in another area. If that might be you today, let these words inspire you: “…so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

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So today, avoid putting your own spin on God’s will and just embrace it.

B Moments, preoccupation

Avoid Paying the Price for Your Preoccupation

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 55:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can allow ourselves to become preoccupied with the actions of others.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. Despite many challenges, Jesus stayed his course. It was two days before the Passover festivities and the leading priests were meeting to determine the best way to secretly capture Jesus and put him to death without causing a riot.

First, it is important to remember that Jesus doesn’t need to be standing in front of you to know what you’re thinking or doing. The Scriptures give us example after example of how Jesus knew a person’s motives in advance.

That being said, Jesus knew exactly when and where these priests were meeting to plan his death. Yet Jesus didn’t isolate himself or have trouble thinking straight because he was so preoccupied with their schemes. Instead, he stayed his own course.

Sometimes, we can become very preoccupied with the actions of others. We’re either preoccupied with what someone will do or can’t get past what they’ve already done. In the end, preoccupation distracts you from staying on purpose.

Therefore, release whatever person or situation that is preoccupying you today into God’s hands and hold onto these words instead: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 (ESV)

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So today, remember preoccupation has a high price tag.

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 Moment, work

God Is at Work in Your Life

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is always at work in our lives. Despite what sometimes goes on around us, or even within us, we should cling to this thought.

This point was reinforced with me as I read about the story of Samson. Samson was chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines. One day, Samson came home to his parents and said that he wanted to marry a Philistine woman, which his parents really objected to.

To put this in perspective, Samson’s mother could not conceive, but the angel of the Lord appeared before her and she ultimately gave birth to Samson. Therefore, Samson was their only child, and to see him marry a woman who was a pagan in their eyes was earth-shattering.

However, what they didn’t realize was that God was at work in Samson’s life the entire time. He even caused Samson to fall in love with the Philistine woman.

Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand up close, so we forget that His hands are always at work. Therefore, when we are confronted with a situation in our own lives that seems out of order, we have to gently remind ourselves that even though something seems out of order, God is not; He is still at work.

The words I use to remind myself of this are: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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So today, despite the circumstances, know that God is at work in your life.

B Moments, faithfulness

God Will Reward Your Faithfulness

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

Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 28:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God rewards our faithfulness.

I’ve been talking about the story of Naomi recently, especially about how she decided to return to her hometown after she lost her husband and her two sons. However, her daughter-in-laws didn’t want her to return home alone, so they insisted on going with her. Yet Naomi thought this was too much of a sacrifice, so she told them that it was a bad idea.

One of Naomi’s daughter-in-laws, Orpah, relented after hearing Naomi’s concerns and decided to go back to her own hometown. However, Naomi’s other daughter-in-law, Ruth, decided to stay the course.

Ruth told Naomi that she would travel back to Naomi’s hometown with her and make Naomi’s hometown her own hometown. She went on to say that she would do whatever she needed to do to adjust. It was as if Ruth was being led by God’s voice. Through it all, Ruth remained faithful.

While Orpah, the daughter-in-law who decided to return home, faded into history, Ruth went on to marry Boaz and God blessed them with a son. Ruth even became the great-grandmother of King David, which put her in the lineage of Christ. Imagine that!

In this story, we can easily see how God rewards faithfulness. Let us cling to these words as we seek to strengthen our own faith: “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God…[He] will set you high above all the nations of the earth.” Deuteronomy 28:1 (ESV)

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So today, know that God rewards faithfulness.