B Moments, perfect

God Is Creating the Perfect Moment to Answer You

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how God’s timing is precise.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the importance of waiting on God, and sometimes when God doesn’t deliver when we expect Him to, we immediately think it was something we did or didn’t do. Yet we should also remember that God has His own time, and it is precise.

Recently I was talking with one of my girlfriends about how I felt like I was in a new season, and I just knew this new door was about to open for me. So, I was completely thrown off when this new door remained firmly closed. Then I had to remind myself that new doors open according to God’s timing, not Suzette’s.

This incident reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the temple and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. In fact, on this day, Jesus was in the treasury section of the temple, so if there was ever a reason or time to arrest him, it would have been then.

However, these Jewish leaders couldn’t bring themselves to arrest Jesus. Why? Because even though the conditions seemed perfect, those perfect conditions didn’t align with God’s timing.

Let us be inspired by God’s careful consideration of time and be encouraged that so much is going on behind the scenes on our behalf. Even though sometimes it might feel as though God isn’t answering, He is actually creating the perfect moment to answer your prayers. So, hold onto these few words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that He is creating the perfect moment to answer you.

B Moments, move

It’s God’s Move Next, Not 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)

Transcription:

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

Recently we’ve talked about remodeling our spiritual life, and we used 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 also 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 it is at this very moment we should put on our spiritual hat 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 simply to 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 hold onto 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, your heart

God Knows Your Heart This Lent Season

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

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am sending a gentle reminder your way: Jesus knows your heart.

This is an idea that is particularly important as we embark upon the Lent season because during this time, we make sacrifices to be in a deeper communion with God. Yet it is important to remember that even when we fall short, God knows what our intentions are. He knows that our hearts are true behind our actions.

When I need to be inspired about how well Jesus knows my heart, I turn to the Scriptures and refer to the parable of the widow. We know that Jesus spent some time sitting in the temple, watching people place offering after offering into that collection plate. While he sat there, many rich people threw down large sums of money.

Then, a poor widow put in two small copper coins that were worth only a few cents. Jesus immediately knew the heart of the widow; he knew the pure intentions of her heart as she dropped just two coins in that plate. He immediately turned to his disciples and made them aware of what she had just done.

If you’re on a journey this Lent season to be in deeper communion with God, but you feel as though sometimes you fall short, be warmly reminded that God sees your actions and knows your heart.

As you think about that, hold onto these words: “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, go in confidence, knowing that He knows your heart.

B Moments, wire

Are Things Getting Down to the Wire?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when things get down to the wire.

If there’s one situation that can rattle me it is when things get down to the wire. Yet over the years, I’ve learned to remind myself of two things.

One: I serve a promise-keeping God; and two: God can do His best work when things get down to the wire. That’s likely because, as the saying goes, I am no longer trying to fix, manage, and control things, but I have come to a place of surrender.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and how things got down to the wire for him on more than one occasion. In the first instance, God had promised David that he would be crowned king.

We know that David was named king, but he wasn’t crowned king until thirteen years later. It was during these intervening years that he might have thought that God had rescinded His promise or had second thoughts, but we know that in the end, David was crowned king.

The second instance was when God promised David that he would have an everlasting family line. Yet on more than one occasion, David’s family dwindled. It got down to the wire with just one or two family members. Yet in the end, David had an everlasting family line.

If you feel like things are down to the wire for you, let me comfort you with God’s promise to you: “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. …If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

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So today, remember that you serve a promise-keeping God.

B Moments, travel

God Wants You to Travel Light

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God wants you to travel light.

Lately we’ve been studying from the Gospels. We’ve seen Jesus crisscross the land, traveling from the region of Galilee to Philippi and down south through Sumer, teaching and healing and casting out evil spirits.

Jesus knew his days were numbered, so he called together his twelve disciples. He then gave them the authority to go and teach about the kingdom of God, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

Before he sent them on their first journey, he gave them a set of instructions on what not to take. Imagine if you were traveling out of the country, you would have your lists of do’s and don’ts when packing. But I want to take a closer look at what he told them not to take so that we can better understand what he would supply them with.

First, Jesus said, “No need to put money in your belts.” Why? Because he will provide for you. Jesus then said, “Don’t take bread.” Why? Because he is your nourishment; he will sustain you. He went on, “No need for a traveler’s bag.” What’s that other than necessities? Christ knows your necessities better than you ever could.

Jesus continued, “No need for an extra tunic.” Why? Because he’ll provide your warmth and comfort. He also said, “Don’t take a staff,” which in those times was either used as a walking stick or as a defense against predators. In other words, he was saying to lean on him because he is your protection.

In summation, what Jesus was saying to the disciples then and to us now is to go free. He wants us to be who he called us to be, and leave the rest to him. As you think about that, hold onto these words: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

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So today, travel light.

B Moments, comfort

How Do You Comfort Those in Need?

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 the best way to bring comfort to another.

Recently, we’ve been studying Job, a man of great character and wealth who was tested by Satan. God told Satan that he could take everything away from Job, but he couldn’t take his life. Because of this, Job lost his possessions, his children, and even his good health. Yet with all of those afflictions, he still would not curse God.

One day, Job’s three friends came to comfort him. When they visited him, they were shocked at his terrible condition. The Scriptures say they sat with him for seven days and seven nights in total silence.

Then the first friend, likely with the best intentions, started to speak. His idea of comforting Job was to give him an explanation as to why he was suffering. He told Job that he was suffering because he had sinned and that he needed to go to God to ask for forgiveness.

The second friend also spoke up and told him that he was in that situation because he had not admitted his sins. Then the third friend said that God was using Job’s suffering to mold him and to train him. While there might be a hint of truth to what Job’s friends said, their ideas were based on the wrong assumptions.

Sometimes when we want to comfort another person, we give them explanations about their lives. However, we don’t know what is really going on; only God knows. It is in these times that we just need to bring comfort in the form of a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a good laugh, and a good prayer.

Here are some comforting words to share with a person who is in need: “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, bring comfort the right way.

B Moments, last laugh

God Will Give You the Last Laugh

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will give you the last laugh.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Hannah’s story. Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, could bare children and would always tease Hannah about being barren. Each year, Elkanah would take his family to the tabernacle to present a sacrifice before the Lord, and afterwards, they would have a family dinner together.

Let’s imagine the scene at that dinner table. Hannah is seated at a dinner table with a woman who teases her all the time, telling her things such as, “God has closed your womb.” This woman is also married to her husband and has children for him. Hannah, on the other hand, wants to have children but can’t.

This family dinner ritual went on for years. Peninnah would taunt Hannah so much that she would end up crying during most of the dinner and not eating at all.

However, in His divine time, God would bless Hannah—not with one child but with seven, turning Hannah’s tears of anguish to tears of joy. As for Peninnah, as the Scriptures say, “Those who were mighty are no longer mighty.”

God gave Hannah the last laugh and know that He will do the same for you as long as you keep the faith. As you think about that, remember these words: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves…’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (ESV)

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So today, get ready to laugh.

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.