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, outcome

Detach from Your Outcome

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how detaching from the outcome may be easier than we think.

Recently, we’ve been talking about Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. We know that even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark places on his journey, like being enslaved and imprisoned, God was not only with him everywhere he went, but God also gave him special favor in those places.

We also know that although things sometimes happened to Joseph that seemed to have no rhyme or reason, in the end, Joseph’s story is a very beautiful one.

If we apply this thinking to our own lives, we see that despite how dark things may seem, God and His favor are always with us. Even though we may struggle through seemingly unrelated events, in the end, they are all woven into a beautiful story. Knowing these things makes it much easier to detach from the outcome.

Joseph teaches us to not get caught up on the when and how. He simply reminded himself constantly that God was orchestrating a greater plan for his life. We know that Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace in the same day—something he could not have orchestrated on his own.

Do you need to detach from a situation that is, in a sense, imprisoning you today? If so, remember these words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, go free and detach.

B Moments, promptly

God Will Respond to Your Prayers Promptly

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 us 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 entirely.

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 himself.

Whatever situation you need God to respond to, remember that you serve a God who has the ability to respond promptly. As you turn your situation over to Him, remember 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 responding now.

B Moments, mic

Let God Drop the Mic 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: Psalm 103:19 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about when God drops the mic.

Recently, we’ve been talking about a fear of lack of provision and the myriad ways God responds to us. Sometimes it is the time when we doubt or need a little proof that God is still in control that He’ll give us that “drop the mic” lesson.

This is what happened to the Israelites at Mount Carmel. The prophet Elijah was terribly frustrated with the Israelites, so he summoned them to Mount Carmel where he asked them how much longer they would waver. He stated that if the Lord is God, they should follow Him; if Baal is God, then they should follow him.

Furthermore, Elijah told them that he was the only prophet standing for God, but Baal had 450 prophets standing for him. So, Elijah asked the others to bring two bulls forward for a little contest. He said that they should choose whichever bull they wished, cut it into pieces, and lay it on the wood of Baal’s altar.

Then, Elijah would choose a bull of his own and lay it on the altar before God. Next, they would call on the name of their god, and Elijah would call on the name of the Lord. The God who answered by setting fire to the wood would be the true God. All of the people agreed.

The people prepared their bull and cried out before Baal. They even began dancing before him, but there was no fire. By this time, Elijah was mocking them, asking if their god was simply asleep.

Yet then Elijah got serious. He went to the Lord and prayed before Him. In an instant, fire flashed down from heaven, and the young bull burned up. That’s what I call a “drop the mic” moment. With that, let us remember these words: “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19 (NIV)

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So today, let God drop the mic in 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, 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, cinco de mayo

With God, Your Victory Will Be Heavenly

B Moments, cinco de mayo

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how our circumstances don’t need to change to have a great victory.

I had this thought because today, many will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory against the French. I call it the classic case of the smaller power defeating the greater power.

Looking to the Scriptures, I recently talked about how when Jesus healed a blind man, his disciples asked if the man’s blindness was due to his sins or the sins of his parents. Yet, Jesus responded that the man was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

The same is sometimes true with us, too. Our imperfections and chaotic conditions and the ability of a smaller power to ultimately defeat a greater power, all join together in showcasing the power of God’s work and revealing His hand in our lives.

The key is to make the battle the Lord’s. When we do this, the outcome is almost certain.

Therefore, the next time we’re struggling to see how we can triumph in a certain situation because nothing seems to be working and the odds seem insurmountable, let us cling to these words: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…and my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.” Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

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So today on Cinco de Mayo, give your battle to the Lord, knowing that victory is on the way.

B Moments, teach

You Will Prosper from God’s Teachings

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:46 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about all of the ways God will teach us.

In this series, we’ve been talking about the ways God comforts us. One of the ways He does that is by teaching us, specifically by using a host of life scenarios designed to strengthen and educate us.

This reminds me of the way Jesus creatively taught through his parables. One day, he went down to the shore where a great crowd had gathered to see him. The Scriptures say that Jesus got into a boat and from it, taught the people who listened on the shore.

One of the parables Jesus shared was about the wheat and the weed. In the story, a farmer planted good seed in his field, but during the night, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat.

As the wheat grew, the weeds grew too, right alongside the wheat. While the first inclination of the servants was to pull the weeds, they had to consider that in doing so, they would harm the wheat. Jesus’ point was that in life, the wheat and the weeds are intended to grow together until God separates them.

Who in your life seems to be the weeds? Their actions and even their presence may not feel so comforting. Yet be comforted in this: God is using them to teach you, to strengthen you, and to draw you closer to Him.

As you think about that, remember these words: “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:46 (ESV)

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So today, prosper from His teachings.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to 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 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, power

God Has the Ultimate Power in Every Situation

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the two different perspectives on power.

Recently, we’ve been tracing the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. As Jesus went before Pilate, he taught us an important lesson about ultimate power.

When Jesus stepped in front of the crowd, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yet Pilate told them that he believed that Jesus was not guilty.

However, the Jewish leaders turned to Pilate and said, “By our laws he’s guilty because he calls himself the son of God.” The Scriptures say that Pilate heard this and became more frightened than ever.

Pilate took Jesus back inside and privately asked him where he was from. To Pilate’s confusion and disbelief, Jesus didn’t respond.

Pilate then said, “Don’t you realize that I have the power to either release you or crucify you?” Jesus replied, “You have no power over me at all, unless it were given to you from above.”

Clearly Jesus, despite his dire circumstances, still knew who was ultimately in control.

This contrasted greatly with Pilate’s actions. The Jewish leaders told Pilate that if he released Jesus, he would not be considered a friend of Caesar. It is obvious that Pilate thought Caesar held the ultimate power.

It is important to realize that Jesus had it right. No matter how dire a situation has become or how high the stakes may appear, God’s power is the only power that matters.

As you reflect on that, cling to these words for strength: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

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So today, know that there is only one ultimate power.