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B Moments, normal

God’s Path Doesn’t Always Take a Normal Course

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s path for your life doesn’t always take a normal course.

In this series, we’ve been examining the various ways we can settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of Peter’s healing of the lame man outside the temple to make this point.

As you may recall, Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer when a man who had been lame for forty years asked them for money. Peter told the man that he had no silver and gold to give him but that he could instead offer him healing in the name of Jesus.

Everyone in the town knew that the man had been lame since his birth forty years ago. Therefore, when they witnessed Peter healing him, 5,000 people turned to Christ.

However, the religious leaders were threatened by the power Peter demonstrated when he healed the lame man, so they called him in to speak before the council after they had arrested him. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter stood before the council with both confidence and humility as he told them how he healed the man by the power of Christ.

The religious leaders remained confused. They saw Peter as a common, uneducated man as they knew he had not gone through the normal training courses in their rabbinical schools. Yet he spoke with eloquence and authority about the way to salvation when standing before the court, which was similar to today’s Supreme Court.

Sometimes your life’s path doesn’t take the normal course that others or society believes it should take. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve settled but instead that God has another path for you. Cling to these words: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your different path.

B Moments, factor

Don’t Settle for Less: Factor in God’s Power

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about how we settle for less when we forget what’s possible with God.

In this series, we’re discussing all of the ways that we can settle, consciously and subconsciously. I was reminded of this idea when I read in the book of Acts about the time Peter healed the lame man outside the temple.

As Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer, a lame man asked them for money. Peter’s response to the man was, “Look at me.” The man became fixated on Peter’s face, thinking that Peter was going to honor his request and give him money or something of value.

However, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold to give you, but what I do have is healing in the name of Jesus.” Peter took the man by the right hand, and the man’s feet and ankles were immediately made strong. He not only walked into the temple, but he leaped in, praising God all the way inside.

Through this story, we see that the lame man’s heart’s desire wasn’t to be a beggar or to receive money from others. He truly wanted healing, but he settled for less because he wasn’t aware of what was possible with God.

When we forget to factor in the power of God, we end up settling for far less. Is there a hurdle in your life today that you would like to get over? Are you settling for less because you’ve forgotten what’s possible with God? Here is what Jesus told his followers: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

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So today, factor Him in.

B Moments, give

Give God the Glory He Is Due

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

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Today as I am still on the road, I am thinking about the importance of giving God the glory.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see that this is exactly what the prophet Elisha did when he performed one of his miracles. In this instance, there was a man named Naaman, who was the commander of the Syrian army. Naaman was known as a mighty man of valor, but he was also a leper.

Initially, Naaman was told that the king of Israel could heal him. Given that he was a Syrian, he had to get special permission to approach the king of Israel. Once he received permission, he approached the king with many gifts and asked him sincerely to heal him of leprosy. The king, in astonishment, tore his clothing and asked, “Am I God?” In other words, he acknowledged the fact that he had no power to heal Naaman.

When Elisha heard about the situation, he sent for Naaman and healed him himself. In return, Naaman offered Elisha gifts. However, Elisha refused them because he didn’t want to take personal responsibility for Naaman’s healing. Elisha wanted Naaman to understand that it was God who worked through him to heal his leprosy. Instead of accepting the gifts, Elisha chose to give God the glory.

As you think about that, remember these words: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

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So today, know that great things happen when you give God the glory.

B Moments, settle

Don’t Settle for Less Than God’s Blessings

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

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

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Today, I am encouraging us not to settle.

Recently, we’ve been studying the miracles of the prophet Elisha. We talked about how God worked through Elisha to bless the poor widow and to give the rich Shunammite woman a son.

One day, Elisha approached the woman and said, “About this time next year, you’ll give birth to a son.” True to his word, the following year she gave birth to a son.

However, years later her son became ill while he was working in the field with his father. He complained of a severe headache, and shortly thereafter the boy was pronounced dead.

Yet the boy’s mother would not accept his death. She saddled up her donkey and quickly traveled to Elisha so that her child’s life could be restored.

When Elisha first learned about the child’s state, he gave his servant specific instructions on how to heal the boy. Although the servant traveled to the boy and did what he could, the child still didn’t wake.

Then, the woman turned to Elisha and said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you…” 2 Kings 2:2 (ESV). Elisha knew that this mother meant business. He quickly arose and traveled to the woman’s son to save him.

Not only did this mother not give up on her child’s life being restored, she also didn’t settle. She knew that God was working through Elisha, not his servant.

The same can be true for you. Do not settle for anything less than God’s blessings. As you remember that, cling to these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life…” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, don’t settle.

B Moments, shine

Let God’s Light Shine through You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of letting God’s glory shine through you.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked why the man was born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because sometimes our human inclination is to want to know why something happened or why it didn’t happen. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to his disciples in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor all the time, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives.

As this is a holiday week and many of you will be vacationing or staycationing or just taking it easy in general, let the light of God shine through you. Allow all that He has done in your life to bring about a glow, and let someone else be touched and impacted by your glow.

As you do that, remember these words: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, let God’s light shine through you.

B Moments, flavor

Does Your Salt Still Have Its Flavor?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question. Does your salt still have its flavor?

This week we’ve been focusing on the teachings from Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Today, I’m focusing on the passage from Matthew 5:13 that tells us we are the salt of the earth, but then asks what the purpose of salt is if it has lost its flavor.

In biblical times, salt was used to preserve food, particularly meat, as well as to add flavor to food. As Christians, it is important for our spiritual walk to maintain its flavor by preserving God’s word in our hearts and minds so that it is ultimately reflected in our actions.

This is exactly what Peter did when he encountered a lame man who had been begging outside the temple for the last forty years. Peter did not give him money, but instead he chose to heal him.

As a result of Peter’s actions, not only was the man healed, but many other lives were touched. As thousands of souls turned to God due to the healing of this lame man, Peter acted as the salt of the earth—a salt that had not lost its flavor.

We know that Peter did not begin his spiritual walk strong and had many struggles along the way. In other words, he had many periods in his life when his salt may have lacked flavor, so to speak. Yet Peter’s story inspires us, showing that there is always time to turn it around.

Therefore, I ask you, does your salt still have its flavor? As you think about that, remember these words: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)

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So today, keep the flavor in your salt.

B Moments, eyes

God Is Using You to Open the Eyes of Others

B Moments, eyes

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 how Jesus can use us to open the eyes of others.

Lately I have spent a lot of time thinking about how Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. To heal this man, Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with his saliva, and smoothed this mud over the blind man’s eyes.

Then, he instructed the man to wash the mud off. When the man returned from cleaning himself, it was with his full sight.

What’s truly fascinating about this is that the man was known all around town as the blind man. Therefore, once he was healed, everyone began inquiring about how something like that could happen and asking who had healed him.

When questioned, the man consistently professed that Jesus had, in fact, healed him.

This caused a great division. Some people believed that if Jesus had the power to restore the man’s sight, a man who had been blind since birth, then Jesus must not be an ordinary man. However, there were others who believed that Jesus was a sinner, and that no sinner could be acting on behalf of God.

Jesus was able to demonstrate though, that he was truly no ordinary man. He restored the sight of a blind man to open the eyes of many, proving that he had been sent by God, and that he was, in fact, the Messiah and the light of the world.

It is clear that while God may not restore our eyesight per say, He is constantly using us to help open the eyes of those around us.

The next time we want to be reminded about how God is using us to reach others, let us cling to these words: “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, be proud that God is using you to open the eyes of others.

B Moments, in store

God Has Something Special in Store 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: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know what God has in store for us.

I was recently reading in the gospel of John about how God restored Lazarus’ life. As you may remember, Jesus thought fondly of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. In fact, it would be accurate to say that they were a very well-liked family throughout the village of Bethany. Therefore, when Lazarus died, most of the town mourned.

While Lazarus was ill, his two sisters both sent word to Jesus to ask him to come and heal Lazarus. Of course once he arrived, Lazarus had already been buried for four days.

Although I’ve read this story many times before, I made an interesting observation this time. Because Mary and Martha were so well known and liked, many Jewish people visited their home to comfort them. On the day the largest crowd visited them, Jesus ordered Lazarus to get up from the grave, and his life was fully restored. As a result, many Jewish people turned to Christ on that day.

As I read that, I suddenly understood. It is likely that when the people left their homes that morning, they left with the sole intent of comforting Mary and Martha. That was it. They didn’t realize that would be the day they would ultimately turn to Christ because they witnessed the restoration of Lazarus’ life.

The point is that we never know what a day holds, and we never know what God has in store. So let us embrace today and cling to these words: “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, know that God has something special in store for you.