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.

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 Moment, perfect

God Will Deliver You at the Perfect Moment

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 is creating the perfect moment to deliver things for you.

We recently talked about how trust far outweighs understanding. We discussed how as close as the disciples were to Jesus, they often didn’t understand him. Yet what they lacked in understanding, they compensated for with a willingness to trust in Jesus.

If I am to confess my weakness, I struggle with trusting God’s timing on things. As much as He has always delivered on time and has never been late, I still find myself fretting over His timing.

One passage that inspired me was a time when Jesus was in the temple, and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. Think about this for a moment. The conditions were perfect for Jesus to be arrested, but the time itself wasn’t right.

Jesus was, in fact, in his season since shortly after that incident, he was arrested. Yet he had to be arrested at that precise moment that was created for him.

This precise timing inspires me because it reminds me that so much is going on behind the scenes. When it seems as though God isn’t answering, He is actually at work, creating the perfect moment to answer our prayers.

Join me today in thanking Him in advance for being at work, creating this perfect moment. As you do that, remember these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that God is creating the perfect moment to deliver for you.

B Moments, factor

Don’t Settle for Less: Factor in God’s Power

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we settle for less when we forget what’s possible with God.

In this series, we’re discussing all of the ways that we can settle, consciously and subconsciously. I was reminded of this idea when I read in the book of Acts about the time Peter healed the lame man outside the temple.

As Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer, a lame man asked them for money. Peter’s response to the man was, “Look at me.” The man became fixated on Peter’s face, thinking that Peter was going to honor his request and give him money or something of value.

However, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold to give you, but what I do have is healing in the name of Jesus.” Peter took the man by the right hand, and the man’s feet and ankles were immediately made strong. He not only walked into the temple, but he leaped in, praising God all the way inside.

Through this story, we see that the lame man’s heart’s desire wasn’t to be a beggar or to receive money from others. He truly wanted healing, but he settled for less because he wasn’t aware of what was possible with God.

When we forget to factor in the power of God, we end up settling for far less. Is there a hurdle in your life today that you would like to get over? Are you settling for less because you’ve forgotten what’s possible with God? Here is what Jesus told his followers: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

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So today, factor Him in.

B Moments, turmoil

During Political Turmoil, God’s Plan Is Already Underway

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

Scripture reference: Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about when it seems all is lost.

When I turn on the news these days, it feels as though we are living in political turmoil. For comfort, I turn to the book of Habakkuk, the prophet who also felt as though he was living in a day of political turmoil. It was this turmoil, and the fact that Habakkuk thought that his prayers weren’t being answered, that caused him to engage in a pretty dramatic dialogue with God.

The book opens with Habakkuk’s complaint. In verse 1 he says, “Oh Lord, how long shall I cry for help and you will not hear?…why do you idly look at wrong?” Habakkuk 1:2-3 (ESV). He also believed that God was allowing sin to go unpunished and that God’s inactivity had caused the injustices of the day to become even worse.

However, in the second part of chapter 1, starting at verse 5, God answers Habakkuk. He inspires him with the idea that He has already begun to answer Habakkuk’s prayers. In fact, in verse 5 God tells him, “For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” Habakkuk 1:5 (ESV)

Sometimes we can be surrounded by political turmoil, or even personal turmoil, and wonder how much more has to happen before God takes action. Be inspired today that He is already acting. As you do so, remember these words: “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV)

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So today, know that all is not lost.

B Moments, multiply

God’s Nature Is to Multiply What You Have

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

Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 9:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today as I am on the road, I am thinking about how the very nature of God is to multiply what you already have.

When we turn to the Scriptures and think of an example of when God multiplied something, we will likely recall when Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and multiplied them to feed 5,000 people. We may also recall that there were even bags of leftovers.

While studying the miracles the prophet Elisha performed in the Old Testament, I see a similar pattern there. In one story, a man approached Elisha, who was seen by the people as a man of God, to give him bread of the first fruits.

The man gave Elisha the bread, but Elisha told him to instead give it to the men so they could eat. Yet the man said, “How can I set this before 100 men?” Elisha’s reply was simply, “Give it to the men that they may eat, thus saith the Lord.” He went on to say, “In fact, they shall eat and have some left.”

Through this story, we see that it is God’s very nature to take what we have and to multiply it such that it not only meets our needs, but so that there is a surplus too. If you have fears today about not having enough, release your fear into the hands of God and be comforted by the fact that you serve a God whose very nature is to multiply what you have.

As you reflect on that, remember these words: “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10 (ESV)

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So today, watch God multiply in your life.

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, completely

Here’s How God Reacts When You Trust Him

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 reacts when we trust Him completely.

Lately, we’ve been talking about being in a new season and, regardless of what season we’re in, how important it is to keep God first. Now I want to show you how God responds when we keep Him first in our lives and trust in Him completely.

As we know, the Israelites 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. In other words, the Israelites had to simply trust that God would provide for them for an entire year.

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. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when their land was actually being farmed.

What situation have you partially turned over to God but now need to turn completely over to Him? 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, quite simply, trust Him completely.

B Moments, high

Your High Expectations Will Be Met

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our expectations high.

Recently, we’ve been talking about being in a new season. We discussed having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow when it feels like we’re on the brink of something new. We also talked about the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey when we enter a new season as God sent the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.

However, one other thing I think we should do is have high expectations for our new season—high expectations that God will show up and show out. Recall the time that Peter was in jail during the Passover celebration. He was placed under the guard of four squads of four soldiers. In other words, he was in what we might call today a maximum security prison.

During that time, there was a gathering of believers who stayed up all night praying for Peter. We also know that in the middle of the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and led him out of prison.

Here’s the somewhat comical part. Peter left the jail and went to the home of the believers who had been up all night praying for him. When he knocked at the door, a servant girl named Rhoda answered. When she saw it was Peter, she was so shocked that she ran back to tell the others, leaving Peter standing outside.

When she ran back inside to tell everyone about Peter, they didn’t believe her and instead thought it was Peter’s angel at the door. They had been up all night praying but didn’t have high enough expectations that God would answer. Don’t let that happen to you in your new season. As you think about that, remember these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, have high expectations.

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.