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B Moments, wire

Are Things Getting Down to the Wire?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when things get down to the wire.

If there’s one situation that can rattle me it is when things get down to the wire. Yet over the years, I’ve learned to remind myself of two things.

One: I serve a promise-keeping God; and two: God can do His best work when things get down to the wire. That’s likely because, as the saying goes, I am no longer trying to fix, manage, and control things, but I have come to a place of surrender.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and how things got down to the wire for him on more than one occasion. In the first instance, God had promised David that he would be crowned king.

We know that David was named king, but he wasn’t crowned king until thirteen years later. It was during these intervening years that he might have thought that God had rescinded His promise or had second thoughts, but we know that in the end, David was crowned king.

The second instance was when God promised David that he would have an everlasting family line. Yet on more than one occasion, David’s family dwindled. It got down to the wire with just one or two family members. Yet in the end, David had an everlasting family line.

If you feel like things are down to the wire for you, let me comfort you with God’s promise to you: “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. …If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

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So today, remember that you serve a promise-keeping God.

B Moments, respond

Respond with Love in the Face of Evil

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us to not respond to evil with evil.

Recently we talked about how Jesus asked us to pray for the happiness of those who curse us. Yet it can be very difficult to pray for the happiness of another who is intentionally trying to harm you. If you know this person is jealous of you, it can feel even more difficult.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s relationship with Saul. Saul became jealous of David when he realized that God had chosen David to replace him as king. Saul was not only trying to harm David, but he tried to kill him on several occasions. However, David chose not to respond to evil with evil.

After Saul’s death, David inquired about Saul’s surviving family members. During these times, it was common to kill the heirs of former monarchs, so David could have killed all of Saul’s surviving relatives. Yet instead, he chose to invite Saul’s crippled and neglected grandson to live with him in the palace.

The key is that your response to evil is far less about them than it is about Him. As you celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King today, let us celebrate the fact that he was also a man who didn’t respond to evil with evil. I’m sure there were times when he couldn’t take one more ounce of disappointment or pain, yet he demonstrated love and nonviolence toward all those who afflicted him.

As you celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King today, hold onto these words: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

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So today, don’t repay evil with evil.

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, repay

Let God’s Hand Repay Evil

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should let God’s hand repay evil and not ours.

Recently, I was talking about the story of David and Nabal. Nabal was a wealthy man who lived near the village of Carmel.

When David was near Carmel, he sent Nabal a friendly message asking for food and water for his men. Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was drunk and called David and his men a band of outlaws.

Luckily, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, reached David first and convinced him not to kill her husband. David thanked her for her wise counsel and blessed her for preventing him from carrying out vengeance with his own hands.

After Abigail resolved matters with David, she returned home to find her husband still drunk. She decided to tell him everything that had happened the next day when he was sober.

However, when she told him how she had handled things with David, Nabal immediately had a stroke. The Scriptures say that ten days later, the Lord struck him and he died. When David learned of Nabal’s death, he praised the Lord for paying back Nabal and keeping David from doing it himself.

Are you on the fence about whether you should take matters into your own hands? If so, pass the situation from your hands to God’s and hold on to these words instead: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17 (ESV)

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So today, let only God’s hand repay any wrongdoings that have been done against you.

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, good intentions

Your Good Intentions May Not Be God’s Will

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about when our good intentions are still not God’s will.

Recently, I was reading in the first book of Chronicles about when David compared his house to the Lord’s temple. David was talking to the prophet Nathan and he said, “I dwell in a house of cedar, but the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” It was in David’s heart to build the Lord a temple—not just any temple, but a magnificent temple that would really glorify the Lord.

Nathan listened to David’s desires and then told David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” That evening, David and Nathan parted ways with what seemed to be a very noble idea. David was planning to pour his heart into building a temple for the Lord.

Yet that same night, the word of the Lord came to Nathan and said, “Tell my servant David, ‘It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.’” I’m sure David must have experienced some disappointment as his heart was set on building this temple for the Lord. Yet instead of lingering in his own sorrow, he embraced God’s word by saying, “Oh Lord, let the word that you have spoken be established forever.”

Sometimes we can have good intentions that are rooted in the highest good, but they may still not be aligned with God’s will or timing. David teaches us to move to a place of acceptance and to avoid lingering in our ego, sorrow, and disappointment.

If you find yourself in a place of lingering today, remember these words: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good…” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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So today, accept His will.

B Moments, divine order

Everything Is in Divine Order

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)

Today, I am thinking that when things seem out of order, they are, in fact, in divine order.

I had this thought as I was thinking about David’s story and the two promises God made to him. The first promise was that he would get the throne, and the second promise was that he would have an everlasting family line.

However, we know that even though he was eventually named king, David wasn’t crowned until thirteen years after God’s promise. Additionally, David did have an everlasting family line, but on more than one occasion, it dwindled down to just one or two family members.

Therefore, David’s life is an inspiring example of the fact that God always honors His word.

Personally, there are two types of situations that always rattle me: if things get down to the wire, and if things don’t happen when I expect them to. Yet, David’s life shows us that even though things sometimes appear out of order, they are always in divine order.

In order to keep myself from worrying, I occasionally picture an “Out of Order” sign in my head, then replace it with “Divine Order.” This helps me to remember that all-important idea that God always has it under control.

As you create your own visual today, cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, know that things are in divine order.

B Moments, uniquely prepared

God Has Already Uniquely Prepared You

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has uniquely prepared you for His work.

In this series we’re addressing our inner child. Sometimes, we can feel like I want what I want when I want it. Other times, we experience feelings of inadequacy. In many instances, God is uniquely preparing us for something, but we can’t always see it when it’s happening.

I think this might have even been the case in David’s life. Prior to David defeating Goliath, he told King Saul that he wasn’t afraid and that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go into battle with them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his bare hands to club and attack the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had uniquely prepared him for that moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

Today, that’s how I want to encourage you. God might be preparing you for a greater assignment. All you have to do is follow this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, know you are being uniquely prepared.

B Moments, GPS

Turn on Your GPS for God

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about seeking God for GPS-like directions.

Recently, I talked about things feeling a bit out of sorts. Some things seem on track one week and off track the next. It is during these times when my circumstances feel overwhelming that I can forget to seek God for direction.

Similar to how we use GPS to give us step-by-step directions, it is important to seek God in the same way—especially when feeling impatient or overwhelmed. This is exactly what David did when he fought the Philistines.

It is important to note that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron. This meant that they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not. However, as David knew all too well, even when you’re at a disadvantage, you can prevail if you seek God’s direction.

When the Philistines conducted their first raid on Israel’s territory, David asked God, “Shall I go up against them? Will you give them to me in my hand?” God instructed David to go into battle and assured him that he would win the battle.

After this battle, the Philistines conducted another raid. However, David didn’t become overconfident. He sought God’s guidance once again. This time, God gave David specific instructions on how to attack the Philistines from the opposite direction. At each step, David knew that in order to prevail, he needed God’s guidance.

Where in your life do you especially need God’s guidance? As you think about that, remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, turn on your GPS for God.

B Moments, simple

Seeing the Importance of Your Simple Role

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

We’re wrapping up our series on dealing with our inner child. Sometimes, our inner child can cause us to see our role as simple and make us miss the fact that our role in this life is very purposeful.

Recently, we’ve been talking about David’s transition to king and all that he endured between the time he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king. After David was anointed king by God, he would fulfill various roles that didn’t resemble a king at all.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul because as the spirit of the Lord left Saul, he went into bouts of deep depression. Therefore, David would play the harp for him to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

Although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to 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, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.