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B Moments, understand

Do You Seek to Trust or Understand God?

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminded that trust is more important than understanding.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of understanding. As you’ve heard me share often, I find it disturbing that our country is so divided. This is why I think that understanding is so important and that we should seek to understand rather than to be understood.

What I’m appreciating even more now though, is that understanding is less relevant when it comes to God. Sometimes I find myself in a quandary trying to figure out God’s next move for my life. Yet what matters most to God is not understanding Him but rather trusting in Him. When we can trust Him, especially when we don’t understand something, that is when we please Him most.

I recall reading that as close as the disciples were to Christ, they didn’t always understand what he was teaching them. This was especially true when he taught using parables. In other words, the disciples often didn’t know where God was leading them or why He was leading them to that specific place. Yet as Jesus points out in the Scriptures, “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

The disciples may have lacked understanding, but they compensated with a willingness to trust Jesus. Is there an area in your life today that has a cloud of confusion hovering over it? If so, hold onto these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, remember: trusting far outweighs understanding.

B Moments, show mercy

Show Mercy Rather Than Pass Judgment

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

Scripture reference: Luke 6:36 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about showing mercy versus passing judgment.

Recently, we talked about how the Israelites observed the Sabbath day as a way of following the law and in hopes of pleasing God. However, in the gospel of Matthew, we learn from Jesus that he values showing others mercy more than strictly following the law.

In Matthew 12, we learn that one day Jesus was walking through the grain fields on the Sabbath with his disciples. Some of the disciples became hungry, so they started breaking off the heads of wheat and eating the grain. Several Pharisees observed this and told Jesus that his disciples shouldn’t be doing that as it was against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.

Before Jesus gave them his full response, he reminded them of the time when King David and his men were hungry and they went into the house of the Lord and ate the special bread that was reserved only for the priest. He told them that was breaking the law too. But God didn’t love David any less.

Jesus concluded his teaching by reminding them of this verse: “‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Matthew 12:7-8 (NLT). This was a resounding rebuke of the Pharisees’ understanding of what really matters to God.

Recently we’ve been talking a lot about being in a new season, and I am certain that there will be people who cross your path in this new season who will need your mercy. As you think about that, remember these few words: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36 (ESV).

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So today, show mercy to others.

B Moments, first

No Matter the Season, Keep Him First

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how, no matter the season, we have to keep God first.

We’re wrapping up our series on being in a new season today. So far, we’ve talked about trusting God’s path even when it seems indirect, avoiding having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, remembering the Holy Spirit as our Counselor when we are embarking on a new season, and keeping our expectations high. Let us close this series by remembering to always keep God first no matter the cares of this world.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she was preparing his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted with a sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with the expensive perfume were secondary to how she would put God first in her life.

Let her be an example to us today as we look to put God ahead of the cares of this world. As we do that, let us remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the season, keep Him first.

B Moments, pure

Keep Your Faith Pure

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes our faith can be laced with a little doubt.

In Mark chapter 9, we hear the story about the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing. Instead of healing the boy outright, Jesus turned to his disciples and instructed them to heal the child.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus healing the sick and casting out demons many times before. However, when the disciples tried to heal the young boy, they failed.

In turn, Jesus scolded them. He said that they were faithless people and asked how long he must be with them before they believed.

The response of the child’s father is what resonated so deeply with me. He told Jesus that he did believe, but then asked him for help not to doubt.

These are the words that I struggle with because often, I will have a plan A in mind when I go to God. Then, in my prayers, I will ask God to allow plan A to happen, if it is His will.

But then immediately, I start settling for plans B and C because I doubt that plan A will actually materialize. With each new open door or opportunity, there’s a new opportunity to doubt; that’s what we must avoid.

The words that I will use to encourage me are: “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23 (ESV)

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So today, let your faith be pure.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, forget

Don’t Forget Christ’s Provision for You

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about how quickly we forget.

In this series, we’re focusing on those things that Christ really wants us to remember. First, we must start by remembering him and his provision for his children.

However, here’s an example of how we can forget. Jesus was out in the wilderness teaching to a very large crowd of people and it started getting late. The disciples said to Jesus, “We’re in the wilderness, so let’s send the people back to the villages to buy food before it gets too late.”

Yet Jesus told them that was not necessary. He said, “We’ll feed the people here with what we have.” The disciples, of course, were astonished because they saw that they only had five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people.

Christ took the bread and fish, looked up to the heavens, gave thanks, and began to distribute the food. In the end, there was enough to feed everyone, and there were even bags of leftovers.

This was captured in the book of Matthew chapter 14. Fast forward to chapter 15, and a similar situation occurred. This time, it involved feeding about 4,000 people. Again, the disciples asked Jesus where they would get enough food for everyone out in the wilderness.

My initial thought was how quickly we forget. Jesus had just showed them how he could provide for 5,000 people in the wilderness, and they were questioning his ability to provide for 4,000.

As you lift up your prayers to God, have you too forgotten? Have you forgotten the masterful way that He provided for you once before and will do again? If so, remember these words: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember.

B Moments, shadows

Your Worth Shines, Even in the Shadows

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can serve powerfully in the shadows.

Recently, we talked about how Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner circle within those twelve. While we can quickly recall the names of his inner circle—Peter, James, and John—and perhaps even a few others, we may be challenged to list the names of all twelve disciples.

For example, when I turn to the Scriptures, I see that Andrew is hardly mentioned at all, yet he is one of Christ’s disciples. After studying the Scriptures, I learned that Andrew was the brother of Peter, and, given Peter’s notoriety, one might believe that Andrew lived in the shadow of his brother.

However, Andrew was actually the one to introduce Peter to Christ. His role was, in fact, bringing others to Jesus. In other words, he wasn’t in Christ’s inner circle, but he helped to fill it. Andrew learned how to serve powerfully in the shadows.

In your life, perhaps you find yourself behaving a little differently depending on the setting you’re in. Maybe you are a little more outgoing in your social circle, but tend to be more reserved and in the shadows at the office.

Andrew’s story teaches us that it doesn’t matter. God can still use you in His work and for His goodness no matter what. Andrew shows us that our name doesn’t have to be out front in bright lights for our worth to shine.

The next time we need to be reminded of how God uses those in the shadows to serve, remember these words: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, know that your worth shines, even in the shadows.

B Moments, inner circle

Do You Value Your 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)

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

Many of us have just celebrated a long holiday weekend, and most likely, we celebrated with those in our inner circle. Jesus too had an inner circle, even among His disciples.

I was reading in Mark, Chapter 9, when I realized that Jesus went to the mountaintop accompanied only by His innermost circle–namely Peter, James, and John. In fact, the Scriptures specifically say that there was no one else there.

During their time on the mountaintop, Jesus’ appearance changed. His clothing became a dazzling white, and the prophets Elijah and Moses appeared.

However, as Jesus and his disciples descended from the mountainside, he asked them not to say anything about what they had seen. Mark 9:10 specifically says they kept it to themselves.

This is a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle, even within his twelve disciples. He knew who he could share the most intimate part of his journey with and who he had to shut out.

He also used this sense of discretion when it came to 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 not to 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, value your inner circle.

B Moments, worthy

God Knows You are Clean and Worthy

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how God sees us as worthy.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been tracing Jesus’ steps before his crucifixion, and I was warmly reminded of when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Initially, when he moved to wash their feet, Peter in particular was confused.

He said, “Lord you will never wash my feet.” Yet, Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Peter quickly responded, “Well then, Lord, wash my hands and my head as well!”

Recently I was talking about the importance of remaining hopeful. Here’s how that ties into this exchange between Peter and Christ.

Shortly after Jesus washed Peter’s feet and Jesus proclaimed that he was clean, Peter denied him three times. In other words, Jesus knew that Peter would betray him, yet he still claimed Peter as clean.

There are times we fall short, or we don’t do something in the moment that we know would be pleasing to Christ, or we sin outright. The great news though, is that we’re still worthy. It may take our natural mind a moment to reconcile that thought with our spiritual mind, but it is still true.

What situation are you holding onto today where you are questioning your worthiness? I would encourage you to release that into the hands of God and remember these words: “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

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So today, be free in knowing that you are worthy.

B Moments, flesh

Your Spirit Is Willing and Your Flesh Is Strong

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about those times when our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was prepared for Calvary. Recently, I had a woman share with me that no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t change a certain behavior. She prayed about it, she talked about it with her friends, but she just became weak every time the situation presented itself.

This woman’s struggle reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew this would be the night they would come for him and arrest him. The Scriptures say he was filled with anguish and felt deep distress.

Therefore, he asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray. He prayed to God, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

Jesus then turned to his disciples, only to find them asleep when he had specifically asked them to keep watch. To this, he said, “For though the spirit is willing, the body is weak.”

What’s interesting in this passage is that Jesus shows us how to overcome weakness. In his prayer, he asked that the suffering be taken away, showing his weakness as he knew his suffering was necessary. However, he overcomes that weakness by desiring God’s will over his own.

If your spirit is willing but your flesh remains weak, cling to these words for hope and inspiration: “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

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So today, your spirit is willing and so is your flesh.