B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, risk

Will You Risk What You Have for Something More?

B Moments, risk

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)

Transcription:

Today I am asking a question: Are you willing to risk what you already have for something more?

Personally, I’ve been at this place before; I’ve had the opportunity to leave the comforts of what I had for something more. Yet I couldn’t make the leap at that time. I got to the brink, but I lacked the inner strength to get to the other side. When I think back about what could have been holding me back, I think it was the risk of losing the safety of what I already had. Sometimes, that means existing relationships.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Gideon’s story. Gideon was chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, an army that significantly outnumbered Gideon and his men. Although Gideon would be victorious over the Midianites, his truest battle was taking on his God-given assignment among those who knew him best—among those who would be the first to judge him.

Gideon was already locked into a way of being with his family members and the other tribes. He played a small, non-threatening role, and in turn, they loved him as “Little Gideon.” Yet God had something more for him. In the end, Gideon chose to leave the safety of what he already had for more.

Now I ask you, are you willing to do the same? As today is the first day of the Lent season, see this question as an invitation to the more that God has for you. As you receive that, cling to these words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

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So today, leap for your miracle and never look back.

B Moments, act

Trust and Act: Your Two-Step Dance

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how we must trust and then act. Think of it like a two-step dance. Trust and act. Trust and act.

Recently we’ve been focusing on those things that prepared Jesus for Calvary. Sometimes God is preparing you for greater, but you can’t see it. You might make snap judgments about a certain situation and want it to be removed from your life when God is actually using that very situation to prepare you for greater.

We also talked about how our spirit might be fully prepared to take the next step, but our flesh isn’t. Jesus teaches us that we overcome weakness by desiring His will more than our own.

Then, there may come a time when you are prepared, and your next move is to give all of you in that moment. I’m sure the woman who poured her expensive perfume over Jesus’ head had been saving it for some time, yet she couldn’t become trapped in the security of saving it. Instead, she had to trust and act.

When the woman gave all of herself in that moment, tuning out Peter’s remarks that she was being wasteful, Jesus responded by saying: “I assure you wherever the good news is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.”

What are you prepared to do, but are hesitating about due to the security of inaction? As you reflect on that, let these words inspire you: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

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So today, put on your dancing shoes to trust and act.

B Moments, circle

Make Sure You Have the Right Inner Circle

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the value of an inner circle.

Most of us are familiar with the term “inner circle” because we usually have a larger group of acquaintances and associates, and then we also have an inner circle of close friends. Jesus had an inner circle too, even among his disciples.

We recently talked about how Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, who had become deathly ill. When Jesus entered the room to heal her, he took with him his inner circle, namely Peter, James, and John.

When Jesus ascended to the mountaintop where his appearance changed and his clothes became dazzling white, he was accompanied once again by Peter, James, and John.

As they descended from the mountaintop, Jesus asked them not to say anything about what they had just seen, and the Scriptures say they kept it to themselves—exactly what a good inner circle would do.

This is all a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle even within the twelve disciples. He knew who he could share the most intimate part of his journey with, and he also knew who he had to shut out—Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray him.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle, even when my gut told me it was a bad idea, just because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us both be taught by these words: “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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So today, have the right inner circle with you.

B Moments, considered

Wait for It: You’ve Never Considered His Next Move

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has solutions to your issues that you’ve never even considered.

Sometimes we carry issues over from the previous year into our new year, wondering what will we do differently this year to fix things. We play out multiple scenarios in our mind, but we still see no way out. Yet it is when we turn that situation completely over to God that He will make a move we had never even considered.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the time Peter was imprisoned. He had been arrested at a time when King Herod had begun persecuting Christians. The night before his trial, Peter was surrounded by a total of eighteen soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter seemed to be in a very difficult situation that presented no way out.

However, sometime during the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and instructed him to wake up, get dressed, and follow him. The angel led Peter past two more guard stations and out into the street. Once outside, Peter realized that God had sent an angel to save him, a move by God that Peter had never even considered.

In the same respect, God’s answer to your situation is likely one you’ve never thought of either. So don’t let those issues from last year begin to consume your new year. Instead, turn matters over to God and remember these words: “Fear not, for I am with you…I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

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So today, wait for God’s next move.

B Moments, script

Trust God and Go Off Script

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us to trust God and go off script.

Recently we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the indelible mark he left on the world. Just a short time ago I learned that his “I Have a Dream” speech actually happened when the renowned songstress Mahalia Jackson whispered to him on stage to go off script and talk about the dream he had. Even knowing by this time that his days were numbered, he trusted God in the moment and went off script and his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech was born.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when Peter went before the religious council of his day to tell them that he had healed a man who had been lame for decades in the name of Jesus Christ. This council had the authority to take Peter’s life right on the spot, but he stood there before them, unscripted, and spoke from his heart.

Reflecting on the bold faith that Peter and Dr. King demonstrated by going off script when the stakes were extremely high reminds me of the courage it takes to put your notes down, get out of your head, and trust that God will supply you with whatever you need in that moment. I can see this so clearly because this is the trap I fall into, striving for every one of my messages to be so great that I lose the confidence to go off script.

But not anymore—2019 is the year I trust God more and become less scripted! If you find yourself struggling like I do to find the courage to be more unscripted, let us both cling to these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, go off script.

B Moments, divided

Conflicted: Seeking God’s Will One Day, Yours the Next

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the cost of a divided heart.

In this series, we’re taking a closer look at Solomon’s life. Recently, we talked about Solomon’s insatiable desire for wealth and material possessions. He took on a mindset that he needed just one more wife, just one more chariot. This led him to have 700 wives and 1,400 chariots.

Solomon’s first downfall came when he allowed the influences of this world to pull him further and further away from God. His next downfall came when he allowed his heart to become divided. He wanted things both ways. He did things God’s way one day and his way the next.

We know that Solomon had a weakness for women, which led him to marry many foreign women. God warned Solomon about this because the foreign women worshiped other gods.

Initially, Solomon built little shrines for his wives so they could burn their incense and make sacrifices to their gods. Yet before long, Solomon joined his wives in worshiping these other gods.

This ultimately led to Solomon’s undoing. Evil gained a foothold into his heart, which caused his wholehearted love for God to become divided. He worshiped his heavenly Father one day and the earthly gods the next.

Is your heart conflicted today? Are you doing what God asked you to do one day and doing what you desire the next? As you reflect on that, let us cling to these words from Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

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So today, trust Him wholeheartedly.

B Moments, hearts

Trust God’s Promises in the New Year

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today is New Year’s Eve and I’m thinking about keeping God’s promises in our hearts.

Sometimes we might become discouraged by what we see in the moment and talk ourselves out of believing God’s promises to us. In fact, this is exactly what the Israelites did when they were on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land, so that they could come back and give Moses a full report on what the land looked like. The twelve leaders came back with a glowing report. They said the land was magnificent and that it truly was overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also terribly frightened of the residents of the land. They thought the city was advanced and well-fortified with giant, strong people who could overtake them at any time. They saw conquering Canaan as somewhat impossible.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise, rather than holding it in their hearts. They doubted Him and wanted to return to Egypt and what they knew.

The situation is almost unthinkable because they had just witnessed God parting the Red Sea for them. They saw what He was capable of, but they still doubted Him.

So, the next time you are trusting in God’s promises but see something that causes doubt to creep in, cling to these few words, “All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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So today, keep God’s promises close to your heart.

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, enough

God Will Ensure You Have Enough

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about what it’s like to worry if there will be enough.

In this series, we’ve been talking about the many ways God will comfort you. One way is that God will hear your prayer and respond to it immediately.

But what happens when God’s response is not so immediate, and you’re enduring challenging times? This is what happened to the widow the prophet Elijah visited.

At the time of his visit, there was a serious drought going on. Yet when he initially greeted the widow, he asked her for a cup of water, then nonchalantly added that he also wanted a bite of bread.

The widow did what a logical person would do. She assessed the ingredients she had to make the bread and realized there wasn’t enough.

The widow told Elijah that she only had a handful of flour and a drop of cooking oil left in the bottom of the jug. She went on to say that she had planned to cook this last meal for her son and herself, and then she had planned to die.

Elijah stopped her in her tracks and blessed her with three important words: don’t be afraid. This is key. When we doubt if there will be enough, the next feeling is often fear.

Instead, Elijah told her to cook that last meal, but to bake him a loaf of bread first, saying that the Lord of Israel said there would always be plenty of flour and oil left in her containers until the drought was no more.

As you decontaminate your situation by releasing your fear, remember these words: “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

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So today, know that you have more than enough.