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, repay

Let God’s Hand Repay Evil

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should let God’s hand repay evil and not ours.

Recently, I was talking about the story of David and Nabal. Nabal was a wealthy man who lived near the village of Carmel.

When David was near Carmel, he sent Nabal a friendly message asking for food and water for his men. Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was drunk and called David and his men a band of outlaws.

Luckily, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, reached David first and convinced him not to kill her husband. David thanked her for her wise counsel and blessed her for preventing him from carrying out vengeance with his own hands.

After Abigail resolved matters with David, she returned home to find her husband still drunk. She decided to tell him everything that had happened the next day when he was sober.

However, when she told him how she had handled things with David, Nabal immediately had a stroke. The Scriptures say that ten days later, the Lord struck him and he died. When David learned of Nabal’s death, he praised the Lord for paying back Nabal and keeping David from doing it himself.

Are you on the fence about whether you should take matters into your own hands? If so, pass the situation from your hands to God’s and hold on to these words instead: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17 (ESV)

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So today, let only God’s hand repay any wrongdoings that have been done against you.

B Moments, absence

In the Absence of Others, God Will Provide

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 provide for you in their absence.

I had this thought as I was reading about the prophet Elisha and the widow. The widow had recently lost her husband and, because of her debt, a creditor was coming to her house to take her two children.

Indebtedness was a common problem throughout the ancient Near East and could often result in a loss of property and the debtor’s freedom. In many instances, the next of kin would intervene, but there was an apparent absence of kin for this widow.

Desperate and not knowing where else to turn, the widow turned to the prophet Elisha as her husband used to work for him. Elisha asked her, “What do you have?” She told him, “I have nothing at all but a flask of olive oil.”

He instructed her to go to all of her friends and neighbors and borrow as many empty vessels as she could. When she returned, he told her to pour the olive oil from the flask into the empty jars until all the jars were filled to the brim.

Then, Elisha told her to sell the olive oil, pay her debts, and support herself and her sons on the money left over. In the absence of her husband and any next of kin, God stepped in and provided for her.

Are you looking at an area in your life that needs provision? Worry no more because the God who existed during the days of the widow is the same God of today who will do the same for you.

As you are comforted by that, cling to 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, know that He will provide in their absence.

B Moments, unexpected

God Has Unexpected Good 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: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about God’s unexpected good.

We are wrapping up our series on God’s intimate relationship with us. We’ve been talking about how we are so connected to God that He knows just how to bless us. He knows your prayers, both spoken and unspoken. He knows when you are kind just for the sake of being kind, and He knows how to surprise you with a blessing in return.

Because we are in a relationship with God, there are some things that we have just come to expect from Him, such as Him answering our prayers. Yet there are also things we can’t expect God will send our way. This is God’s unexpected good, or the good that you didn’t even think to ask for.

This was certainly the case for Joseph. As we know, Joseph was an innocent man who was enslaved and imprisoned. His prayer was simply to be released from prison and to have his name restored after his innocence was proclaimed. He could envision these two things. He could wrap his mind around what it looked like to be a free man.

But, Joseph couldn’t envision God’s unexpected good for him. He didn’t know that God would make him governor of Egypt, reunite him with his family, and give him a loving wife.

Here’s the key. You can’t envision or anticipate God’s unexpected good since it is almost as if He pulls it from another universe. Therefore, continue to put God first in your life and 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, know that God has unexpected good for you.

B Moments, timing

Be Comforted in God’s Impeccable Timing

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about God’s impeccable timing.

We’re continuing our series about God’s gifts, and one of His most precious gifts is His impeccable timing. I recall when I first learned that there were four hundred years between the last words uttered in the Old Testament and the first words spoken in the New Testament. In those four hundred years, one might think that time was just randomly passing away.

However, Paul teaches us in Galatians 4 that when the right time came, God sent His son. It is similar to how a pregnant woman delivers her child at that precise moment her child is due to enter the world. In the same way, God chose that precise time when the world was prepared to receive His son. God couldn’t just send His son at any time because He was thinking ahead.

For example, by the time Jesus was born, there was a common language in place. Everyone spoke Greek, so the good news could be spread. If God wanted the good news spread throughout, a network of roads was needed as well. Therefore, by the time that Christ came, there was a network of roads in place.

Today, if you find yourself fretting about God’s timing, be comforted that God is always at work, thinking ahead, even when it appears time is just passing by. His timing is impeccable: as one door closes, a new door opens at just the right time; the house sells at just the right time; the funds hit the bank account at just the right time.

All you have to do is practice these words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, don’t fret—be still and know that He is God.

B Moments, Christmas

This Christmas, Be a Beacon of His Humility

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

Scripture reference: Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Transcription:

Merry Christmas, B Moment listeners! I’m not in the studio today, but I am thinking about you! This is the day that the King of Kings was born, and we rejoice because he still lives on.

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus came into this world and how he left it. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son who would be called Son of the Most High.

Yet Jesus’ beginnings were very humble. He was born in a stable; he first laid his head in a manger, or what is also known as an animal feeding trough.

I read once that a pastor said being born in a stable doesn’t seem fitting for a king or Son of the Most High, but it is a perfect place for the lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus’ humble beginnings make him accessible to any man who chooses to seek him.

During the final week of Jesus’ life, he also rode in on a donkey and colt to bring salvation to the world. Jesus could have chosen a different set of circumstances, but he chose a position of humility.

To honor Jesus’ life, let’s keep a loving and joyous yet humble spirit, especially today—such to the point that others want what you have. Not in terms of a gift, but just in terms of your spirit. So carry these words on your heart today: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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So today, be a beacon of his love, joy, and humility.

B Moments, follows through

Your God Follows through On His Word

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how God follows through on His promises.

We’re kicking off a new series on God’s gifts, and one of His most precious gifts is His word. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the Israelites and how they were always instructed to observe the Sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week when no one works.

Yet the Israelites were also expected to recognize the Sabbath of the seventh year. In the Sabbath year, they were not allowed to farm their land and had to let the land rest instead.

Here’s what’s significant. Farming their land was how the Israelites ate from day to day as well as how they provided for their families. So picture this. The Israelites walked by their own land every day for an entire year and resisted the urge to farm it, putting all their faith in God to provide for them.

Here’s how God responded to that. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when they were actually farming the land themselves.

This is God following through on His promise. When you have done your part by trusting in Him, He will deliver on His word. When He does, it feels like a precious gift.

What situation are you on the fence about that you now need to turn over to Him? Remember that He will honor His promise.

As you think about that, remember these words: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

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So today, rejoice that you serve a God who follows through on His word.

B Moments, grace

Rejoice that God’s Grace Is Not Conditional

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s grace isn’t a reward for your good behavior.

Do you think that in order to experience the full breadth of God’s grace, you first need to change certain behaviors or behave well? If so, let me remind you of a few things.

First, let’s go back for a moment to the time before Jesus walked this earth. This was when the Jewish people were under heavy Roman oppression, and they wanted badly to be delivered by a Messiah.

However, they thought their Messiah would only come if they could keep the Sabbath for four consecutive weeks. Their struggle was that the Mosaic law was extraordinarily hard to keep just for a single day, much less four consecutive weeks.

Now, this was how things were before Christ came. Today, we can rejoice that he already came. He came as our redeemer and was sent as a loving gift, not as a reward for good behavior.

So today, if you’re feeling overscheduled and overworked and you’re trying to change certain behaviors but you feel like you keep falling short, first rejoice because you serve a god who sees your efforts. Second remember, His grace is not conditional.

As you shift your thinking, remember these words: “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no reason for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

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So today, rejoice that His grace is not conditional and not a reward.

B Moments, brink

Led to the Brink: God Has 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 34:17 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will take you to the brink sometimes only to show you that He has you.

We’re kicking off a brand new series on expectations as we begin the advent season. In the series, we’ll talk about how this is a good time for you to be expecting great things from God.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when the Israelites fled Egypt after being enslaved for more than 400 years. When God guided them out of Egypt, He didn’t take them on a logical path from point A to point B. Instead, He led them on a more roundabout path.

The same can be true for you. You might have a problem that you want God to fix immediately, but God leads you on a more roundabout way instead.

The path that God led the Israelites on landed them between the wilderness and the Red Sea. When the Israelites saw Pharaoh’s army marching toward them, they panicked because they thought they had nowhere to run but into the Red Sea.

However, God brought them to the brink only to reveal that in the end, He had them. Just as they feared the worst, God instructed Moses to hold his staff over the Red Sea, and a path opened up for them to walk through on dry ground.

Today I’m asking you, is God leading you to the brink? If so, begin expecting great things from Him and watch for His awesome power to be revealed in your situation.

As you do that, hold onto these words: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (ESV)

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So today, keep your expectations high.

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.