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B Moments, kind

Practice Kindness Under Challenging Conditions

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 thinking about how being kind is not always easy.

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 rise above and to extend kindness to the underprivileged. Cornelius made a conscious effort to be kind when it wasn’t easy.

B Moment listeners, as today is the biggest retail day of the year, many shoppers will come across your path and many will not be easy to be kind to. Yet I’m asking that you rise above that and remember that it is God who sees your acts of kindness, and that’s where it will really count.

As you think about that and go about your day, intentionally being kind, remember 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, be kind.

B Moments, peace

Trust: The Answer to Your Search for Peace

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how if we genuinely trust God, a peaceful state will follow.

Recently, we talked about what happens to us when we appear to be in a dire situation that presents no way out. We used Peter’s arrest as an example.

King Herod had begun to persecute believers, and Peter was likely next in line. To prevent Peter from escaping, he was guarded by four squads of four soldiers, plus a soldier was chained to his right side and another to his left.

So an unarmed Peter was surrounded by eighteen armed soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter appeared to be in an inescapable situation. Then, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and instructed him to wake up, get dressed, and follow him.

Notice the angel’s first words to Peter: wake up. As Peter was surrounded by eighteen soldiers, he slept. As he was set to have a public trial the next morning that would likely result in his own persecution, he slept. Peter did what God wants us to do. He genuinely trusted God and a peaceful state followed.

Sometimes we claim to trust God but struggle to find peace over a situation. Trust and peace go hand in hand. If you say you trust God but you’re anxious and restless, I would say there is an opportunity to trust Him even more.

Let us take a page out of Peter’s book and cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, be at peace.

B Moments, considered

God’s Next Move Is One You Haven’t Considered

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 moves we have never even considered.

Previously, we talked about those things we need to do to better serve God. Now, we’re focusing on those things that we can expect from our heavenly Father.

Sometimes we can find ourselves in a difficult situation and see no way out. We play out multiple scenarios in our minds, but we still see no way out. 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. Peter was arrested at a time when King Herod had begun persecuting Christians.

The night before his trial, Peter was surrounded by four squads of four soldiers and was chained to a soldier on each side, totaling eighteen soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter seemed to be in a 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 have never even considered. As you turn over matters to Him, hold onto 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, humility

Your Humility Will Be Rewarded

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

We started this week by honoring our unsung heroes. We’ve also talked about serving in the shadows. Let us top this series off by reminding ourselves about the power of humility. When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

Therefore, if you’re facing a daunting situation, try embodying a sense of humility and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

B Moments, humility

The Rewards of Humility Are Endless

B Moments, humility

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

This week, I’ve been talking a lot about Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

The next time we’re facing something that seems impossible, let us cling to these words to give us a sense of humility: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

B Moments, sacrifice

The Lord Sees Your Sacrifice

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 your sacrifice.

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 immoral.

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 have a clean heart of giving, and give in a way that God wanted him to give. He was obedient to that.

There will be times we’ll go the extra mile for someone, or we’ll inconvenience ourselves in some way for someone else, and that other person may never know. But God always knows.

So today, I want to remind you that God sees your sacrifice. He sees those little acts of kindness, especially when it’s in places when it’s not so easy to be kind. As we continue the season in the spirit of kindness, 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, know that He sees your sacrifice.

B Moments, page

Stay on the Same Page with God

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to stay on the same page with God in 2018.

Recently, I was talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re birthing something great. One of those things is that we must stay on the same page with God. Recall Zechariah’s story when the angel of the Lord appeared before him in the temple.

The angel told him that God had heard his prayer and would bless his wife Elizabeth with a son. Then, the angel went on to say that many would rejoice at his birth and that he would be seen as great in the eyes of the Lord.  Lastly, the angel told Zechariah to call his new son John.

However, Zechariah didn’t believe any of it. He was afraid and doubtful. At this time, Zechariah was not on the same page with God. Therefore, God silenced him until John the baptist was born. This is a clear example of what God will do to get us on the same page with Him.

After John was born, family and friends came over to celebrate. Everyone wanted to name the baby Zechariah after his father. Yet Zechariah motioned for a tablet to write on, recalling that the angel had told him that the baby would be called John. In the moment that Zechariah wrote on the tablet that his son’s name would be John, God restored his voice.

What do you need to do to get on the same page with God before you enter 2018? What will God restore for you if you do? Lean on these words for guidance: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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So today, get on the same page with God and start your 2018 strong.

B Moments, moment

Have the Faith to Embrace Your Moment

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)

Today, I am thinking about how we should be careful not to miss our moment.

I was recently reading about Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. If you look at Zechariah’s life, he was a godly man. He was a priest who worshiped God often. In fact, the Scriptures say that he obeyed all of God’s commandments, so it is clear that he was a faithful man.

However, when the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he was overwhelmed with fear. The angel encouraged him to not be afraid. He told Zechariah that God was going to bless him and his wife with a son named John, and that many people would rejoice at John’s birth.

Yet this priest, this man of faith, still responded with doubt. He asked the angel how he could know for sure that this would all occur.

He missed his moment.

All of his years of worshiping and living as a godly man didn’t strengthen his faith when he needed it most. This prompts us to reflect on our own lives. When God wants to bless us with a new chapter, we shouldn’t miss our moment by doubting or by staying on that fence for too long.

Let us begin to see ourselves putting our hand into God’s hand and embracing the blessings He has for us. As we do so, let us cling to these treasured words: “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, don’t miss your moment.

B Moments, work

God Is Always 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: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is always at work. Despite what sometimes goes on around us, or even within us, we should cling to that thought.

This point was reinforced with me as I was reading about the story of Samson. Samson was chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines. One day, Samson came home to his parents and said that he wanted to marry a Philistine woman, which his parents really objected to.

To put this in perspective, Samson’s mother could not conceive, but the angel of the Lord appeared before her and she was able to birth Samson. Therefore, Samson was their only child, and to see him marry a woman who was a pagan in their eyes was earth-shattering.

However, what they didn’t realize was that God was at work in Samson’s life the entire time. He even caused Samson to fall in love with the woman from Philistine.

Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand up close, and we forget that His hands are always at work. So when we are confronted with a situation in our own lives that seems out of order, we have to gently remind ourselves that God is at work.

While we’re doing so, let us remember to cling to these words: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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So today, know that God is at work.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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