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B Moments, lesser

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of 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: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, stop settling.

B Moments, greater

Something Greater Is at Work 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: Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

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Today, I am not in the studio, but I am thinking about how there is always something greater at work with God.

Recently, we talked about navigating through challenging times. We said that we need to seek God for GPS-like directions, meaning direction at every step, and that we should never become so overwhelmed that we don’t start our day with prayer.

What I’m also beginning to understand and appreciate more and more is that despite what I can see in my day to day life, God always has something greater at work. This was surely the case with Stephen from the book of Acts.

Stephen stood before these Jewish leaders and gave a pretty lengthy address about the presence and glory of God dating all the way back to the days of Abraham and Moses. But as he began to speak more truth to power and tell these leaders how they rejected the Messiah, they chose to stone him to death.

Word spread of Stephen’s murder and many Christian believers fled Jerusalem, fearing for their own lives. Initially, they were frightened and could see no good in Stephen’s death.

However, as these believers disseminated around the world, they also began to spread the gospel. In other words, the gospel was able to reach corners of the globe that it likely would not have if this tragic sequence of events had not occurred.

Through Stephen’s story, we see that God always has something greater at work. The key is to keep the faith, even when we can’t see his greater plan. As you personalize today’s message, hold onto these words: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

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So today, know something greater is happening.

B Moments, revealed

God’s Plan Will Be Revealed

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should keep the faith—even when God’s plan has not been revealed.

I had this thought because we are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day today, and I can only imagine the many times he had to keep the faith because God’s plan had not yet been revealed to him.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the story of Stephen from the book of Acts. Stephen spoke the truth to certain Jewish leaders, but he ended up being stoned to death for his trouble.

Word spread of Stephen’s murder and many Christian believers fled Jerusalem, fearing for their own lives. They were frightened and could see no good in Stephen’s death.

However, as these believers disseminated around the world, they also began to spread the gospel. In other words, the gospel was able to reach corners of the globe that it likely would not have if this tragic sequence of events had not occured.

Through Stephen’s story, we see that God is ultimately in control, and His goodness will always prevail, despite the circumstances appearing grim. The key is to keep our faith, even when God’s plan has not yet been revealed.

I would also say to those who were hurt by the disparaging remarks of our president recently, that we should keep our faith, even though God’s plan has not yet been revealed to us. As you do so, cling to these words: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

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So today, keep the faith.

B Moments, invitation

Let Your Actions Be an Invitation to Christ

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the best invitation this holiday.

As each day goes by, I’m getting more and more into the Christmas spirit. Michigan Avenue in Chicago is beautifully lit, and the storefronts are prettier than ever. Yet while the commercial side of Christmas has its place, as followers of Christ, it is important for us to truly celebrate him.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the early Christians we read about in the book of Acts. They were asked to spread the good news about Christ. These early Christians were not trained teachers or preachers; they were ordinary people. Yet the power of Christ was evident in their lives.

There are people who don’t have an intimate relationship with God, but they really want one. They want their eyes to light up the way your eyes light up when you talk about what He has done for you. They want it, but they’re not sure how to get there. They search for that answer in you. They listen to what you say about Him and how you serve Him.

Therefore, I’m asking you today, are your actions an invitation for someone to accept Christ and be inspired to go deeper with Him? There is no better invitation this holiday season than the invitation of Christ. As you think about that, cling to these words and let your actions be that invitation: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

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So today, let your actions be an invitation to Christ.

B Moments, kindness

Your Acts of Kindness Are Not Unnoticed

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)

Today, I am thinking about how God sees it all.

I had this thought as I was reading in the book of Acts about a Roman officer named Cornelius. Cornelius was a devout man of God, and he led his household in a devout way, too. He gave generously to the poor and to charities, and he worshiped God regularly.

One afternoon, an angel of God appeared before him and said, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed.”

To put this in context, Cornelius was a Gentile, so the Jewish leaders and Jewish people of the day considered him impure. In other words, God saw Cornelius as a devout man, but society saw him as impure.

Oftentimes, it’s easier to extend acts of kindness to others under good conditions. Imagine the conditions that Cornelius was living under, particularly how society viewed him, yet he was still able to extend kindness to the underprivileged.

So today, I want to remind you that God sees your acts of kindness, especially those in places where it’s not so easy to be kind.

Just as I am reminding you that your acts of kindness aren’t going unnoticed, let me inspire you to do the same for another and, while doing so, let us cling to these words: “For the Lord sees not as man sees…but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, let those around you know that their acts of kindness are not going unnoticed.

B Moments, boldly confront

Do Not Be Afraid to Boldly Confront

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the opportunity to boldly confront a person or a situation, knowing that God has your back.

Recently, I read in the book of Acts about how Peter healed a layman who had been begging outside the beautiful gate for decades. Once Peter told everyone that the man was healed in the power and name of Jesus Christ, nearly five thousand people turned to the Lord as they saw His ultimate, loving power.

When the leading priests of the day heard of this, they were very disturbed. They immediately arrested Peter and called him before the council.

Yet Peter was not afraid. He told them the same thing he had told the followers. It was as if his attitude was, “Yes I said it, and I’ll say it to you again.”

With a defiant and confident air, he boldly confronted the council, which had the authority to kill him there on the spot. The key is, Peter knew who ultimately had the true authority over his life, so he was unafraid of the council.

Think about that person or situation you need to boldly confront today, and know as you do so that God has your back.

Let us think about that while clinging to these words: “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

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So today, go forth and boldly confront.