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B Moments, changes

God Knows the Moment Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

This is something I reflected on as I read about Rahab. More specifically, I was comforted by her story because it made clear how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered the town of Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Reading about this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart had changed, but He knew the moment she made the switch and desired Him more than her lifestyle.

I think it’s important for us to be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of our hearts and even knows the actions we may end up taking next. As you think about that, hold onto these few words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes.

B Moments, small gift

Give Anyway: God Appreciates Your Small Gift Most

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

Scripture reference: Luke 6:38 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the impact of a small gift.

The last few series have involved some element of being in a new season or embarking on a new journey. As an entrepreneur, I can easily recall those days along my journey when I would refrain from giving because I couldn’t give in the way I really wanted to give.

Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to give of myself in the way I wished, so I wouldn’t volunteer at all. Other times, I didn’t have enough money to give the gift I really wanted to give, so I would either give what I could afford and feel some sense of shame, or I wouldn’t give at all.

Now, I have a completely different take on giving. I understand that God does not measure giving in the same way society measures it. This is made crystal clear in the story about the widow’s offering.

One day, many rich people put large sums of money in the treasury at the temple. They deposited all types of coins and donations as they were giving from their abundance. Then, a widow came to the temple and deposited just a couple of coins.

Unlike the others, the widow was giving from her heart. She was giving what she had. That got Jesus’ attention to the extent that he talked to his disciples about this type of giving and how important it is.

Remember that God sees us and knows the motivation behind our giving. When you’re in a new season, you may not be able to give the way you want to, but don’t let that stop you from giving something from your heart.

As you think about your next gift, remember these words: “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over…” Luke 6:38 (ESV)

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So today, let your small gift have a big impact.

B Moments, divided

Conflicted: Seeking God’s Will One Day, Yours the Next

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the cost of a divided heart.

In this series, we’re taking a closer look at Solomon’s life. Recently, we talked about Solomon’s insatiable desire for wealth and material possessions. He took on a mindset that he needed just one more wife, just one more chariot. This led him to have 700 wives and 1,400 chariots.

Solomon’s first downfall came when he allowed the influences of this world to pull him further and further away from God. His next downfall came when he allowed his heart to become divided. He wanted things both ways. He did things God’s way one day and his way the next.

We know that Solomon had a weakness for women, which led him to marry many foreign women. God warned Solomon about this because the foreign women worshiped other gods.

Initially, Solomon built little shrines for his wives so they could burn their incense and make sacrifices to their gods. Yet before long, Solomon joined his wives in worshiping these other gods.

This ultimately led to Solomon’s undoing. Evil gained a foothold into his heart, which caused his wholehearted love for God to become divided. He worshiped his heavenly Father one day and the earthly gods the next.

Is your heart conflicted today? Are you doing what God asked you to do one day and doing what you desire the next? As you reflect on that, let us cling to these words from Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

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So today, trust Him wholeheartedly.

B Moment, healing

Find Healing in the Lord

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the difficulties of dealing with sudden loss. Loss is never easy to endure, and sudden loss can be especially painful to overcome.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of the loss of King Uzziah. He was one of the most beloved leaders of all time in Judah. Because he served for almost fifty years, he was the only leader that many of Judah’s citizens had ever known.

I think that this same situation can be true for us in our family lives, too. When we lose a parent or spouse or sibling, they are the only parent or spouse or sibling that we have ever known. So we worry and wonder what the new dynamic will be and how we will adjust to what the future holds.

This was also seen when Judah was grieving the loss of its beloved leader. While the citizens mourned, they were also concerned about their future. In that time, the leader was directly linked to how well citizens were able to provide for themselves and their families, so the loss of King Uzziah made many worry about their provisions.

However, God came to Isaiah and gave him a vision which let them know that they were not alone. He reminded Isaiah that He was ultimately in control of Judah and their provisions, just as He is ultimately in control of your home and your relationships.

Therefore, during times of loss, let us remember to cling to these words: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

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So today, if you’re experiencing loss, give your heart to the One who is the master of mending hearts.

B Moment, changes

Be Encouraged: God Knows When Your Heart Changes

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

Sometimes, I can be hard on myself when I believe I have fallen short. It’s a classic case of knowing better, yet feeling as though I am not yet doing better. This is something I especially reflected on while reading about Rahab.

I was comforted after reading Rahab’s story because I realized just how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth.

She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Hearing this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart, but He knew when she had a change of heart and began to desire to know Him better.

Therefore, let us be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of us, our hearts, and the actions we may take next. Let us cling to these words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes even if your actions don’t fully reflect this change just yet.

B Moments, walk

The Before and After of Your Spiritual Walk

While watching HGTV, we often find inspiration in the before and after pictures of a remodeled house. In reality, a similarly impressive makeover can be seen in the evolution of our spiritual path. Continuously growing spiritually, we strive to ceaselessly deepen our connection with God, finding new ways to strengthen and transform our spiritual walk.

Here are 3 ways to evolve spiritually:

  1. Take the time to remodel your prayers. In Mark 11:24, we learn that “if you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” This verse and our knowledge that God is all powerful and can bring any and all of our desires to fruition may lead us to treat our prayers like a Christmas wish list. Instead of delving into our relationship with the Lord, we may just rattle off what we want and call it a night. However, the Scriptures teach us that it is imperative we continuously mature in our spiritual walk, meaning we need to outgrow this self-centered form of prayer in favor of selfless worship. Today, put God first by truly worshiping Him and giving thanks for your blessings before praying for yourself and your family. As you think about that, reflect on these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
  2. Shift your priorities toward God. It is easy to put yourself and your own interests first in your day to day life; in fact, this was exactly how Peter behaved. Peter thought about fishing morning, noon, and night, going out on his boat when he was happy and retreating to fishing when he was defeated. Yet there came a time when his spiritual walk evolved and his priorities shifted. One night, he and some of the disciples went on an unsuccessful fishing trip. As they rowed back, they saw Jesus on the shore and heard him call out that there were more fish than they could imagine just beside their boat. However, instead of excitedly lowering the net, Peter jumped straight into the water and swam to shore: Jesus was now the most important thing in his life. Today, shift your own priorities toward God to transform your spiritual walk. As you do so, 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)
  3. Let your heart come full circle. Not only can we transform our own spiritual walk by remodeling our prayers and shifting our priorities, but we can also open our hearts to allow others to change us for the better. Before Joshua conquered Jericho, he sent two spies ahead to stay in the house of Rahab, a former prostitute. During their time there, Rahab asked them question after question about their God, and her heart was touched by their answers. In fact, she began wishing that their Lord could become her God as well. The heart that had once guided her to prostitution had come full circle and now yearned to know God. Today, open your heart to God and allow it to come full circle. As you do so, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by continually remodeling your spiritual path.

“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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B Moments, intentions

God Knows Your True Intentions

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 sending a gentle reminder your way: Jesus knows your heart.

This is an idea that is particularly important to me during the Lent season because this is a time when we are making sacrifices in an effort to be in deeper communion with God. Sometimes, I need to simply come up for air and know that even when I fall short, God knows what my intentions are. He knows that my heart is true behind my actions.

When I need to be inspired about how well Jesus knows our hearts, I go to the parable of the widow. We know that Jesus spent some time sitting in the temple, watching offering after offering get placed in a collection plate. While he sat there, many rich people came in and threw down large sums of money.

Then, a poor widow put in two small copper coins that were worth only a few cents, and Jesus immediately knew the heart of the widow. He knew the pure intentions of her heart as she dropped just two coins in the plate. Immediately, he turned to his disciples and made them aware of what she had just done.

If you’re on a journey to be in deeper communion with God this Lent season, be warmly reminded that God sees your actions and knows your heart. As you think about that, let us cling to these words: “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, go in confidence that He knows your heart.

B Moments, changing

God Is in the Business of Changing Hearts

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will change a man’s heart just for you.

In this series, we’ve been talking about taking action, whether it’s starting with a change of heart, or simply doing the next right thing. We see that when we take action, God in turn takes action too. Sometimes, this results in Him changing a man’s heart, just for you.

This reminds me of the time Paul and Silas were arrested for spreading the good news. To ensure they couldn’t escape from the prison, the jailer even put them in the inner dungeon of the jail.

However, shortly after midnight, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken at its foundation. All of the doors flew open, and the chains flew off all of the prisoners.

The jailer was deeply shaken by the whole incident. He ran down to the dungeon where Paul and Silas were being kept, then knelt before them and asked what he needed to do to be saved.

Paul responded that he needed to confess to Christ because not only would he be saved, but his entire family would be saved too.

Here’s what’s interesting. The jailer who had thrown Paul and Silas into the inner dungeon earlier that day came to wash their wounds later that night.

Therefore, let us not shy away from an assignment because we believe a person’s heart is too hard. Instead, put those hearts in God’s hands and cling to these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, know that your God is in the business of changing hearts.

B Moments, promises

Keep His Promise On Your Heart

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 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about keeping God’s promises in our hearts.

Sometimes we might become discouraged by what we see in the moment and talk ourselves out of believing in God’s promises to us. In fact, this is exactly what happened to the Israelites when they were on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land, so that they could come back and give Moses a full report on what the land looked like. The twelve leaders came back with a glowing report. They said the land was magnificent and that it truly was overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also overwhelmingly frightened of the residents of the land. They thought it was an advanced, well-fortified city with giant, strong people, and in their minds, they could not believe there was any way of conquering Canaan.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise, rather than holding it in their hearts. They doubted Him and wanted to return to Egypt and what they knew.

This situation is striking because they knew that God was the one who parted the Red Sea. They saw what He was capable of, but they still doubted Him.

So, the next time you are trusting in God’s promises, but see something that causes doubt to creep in, cling to these few words, “All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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So today, keep God’s promises close to your heart.

B Moments, heart

God Has the Power to Change Men’s Hearts

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will change a man’s heart just for you.

Recently, I’ve been talking about taking action and the way we should respond if God calls us to action. So, this week, I decided to reflect on all of the ways God will move others on your behalf.

I had this thought as I was reading about the time when Paul and Silas were out and about spreading the good news. Then, suddenly, they were beaten, arrested, and jailed. To ensure they couldn’t escape from the prison, the jailer even put them in the inner dungeon of the jail.

However, shortly after midnight, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken at its foundation. All of the doors flew open, and the chains flew off all of the prisoners.

The jailer was deeply shaken by the whole incident. He ran down to the dungeon where Paul and Silas were being kept, then knelt before them and asked what he needed to do to be saved. So, Paul told him to believe in the Lord Jesus because not only would he be saved, but his entire family would be saved, too.

Here’s what’s interesting. The jailer who had thrown Paul and Silas into the inner dungeon earlier that day came to wash their wounds later that night. In this incident, we see how God can change a man’s heart.

Therefore, let us not shy away from an assignment because we know we have to deal with a hard heart. Instead, put those hearts in God’s hands and cling to these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, know that God changes hearts.