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B Moments, rainstorm

A Rainstorm of Blessings Awaits You

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently, we’ve been talking about remodeling our spiritual life, including remodeling our prayers. We’re all also familiar with what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about your next move, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, get your umbrella out for your rainstorm of blessings.

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, behind the scenes

We Serve a Behind the Scenes God

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

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we serve a “behind the scenes” God.

Recently, we talked about the depths of a mother’s love. We spoke about how some of her sacrifices are obvious, but other sacrifices can go unseen and unspoken.

The same is true for God’s love. Sometimes His hand can appear front and center. Other times, He is busy at work behind the scenes. This is when we might think not much is happening on our behalf, but that could not be farther from the truth. This is what the Israelites had to learn.

Balak, the king of Moab, was desperately trying to save himself and his people, so he hired Balaam to curse Israel. However, as we know, God is always in control. Because of this, God actually used Balaam to bless the Israelites, rather than to harm them.

Here are the two key takeaways from the story. First, as Balaam approached the Israelites, they had no idea they were in danger. In other words, God saved them from something that they had no idea posed a threat to them. In this way, it is clear that God is helping us, working behind the scenes even when we are unaware of His work.

The second piece of the story is that the Israelites were not in the best standing with God. They had been complaining continuously because they were not in the Promised Land.

I was encouraged by this, and you should be too. God is working behind the scenes, both when we are faithful and even when we are not. Let us cling to these words: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, God is working behind the scenes for you.

B Moments, exhale

Exhale in the Arms of God

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 imagining myself exhaling in the arms of God and remembering His promises.

Sometimes, after all of the praying and fasting and journaling and helping, we need to just take a breath and be reminded of God’s promises. Occasionally, we may forget to do this and may end up talking ourselves out of believing that God’s promises will ever materialize. This is exactly what happened to the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land. The Scriptures say that after these twelve leaders explored the land for forty days, they came back to give Moses a report. They told him the land was magnificent and was truly overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also overwhelmingly frightened by the residents of the land. They thought it was an advanced, well-fortified city with giant, strong people, so they couldn’t wrap their minds around how they would end up conquering the land.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise and wanted to return to Egypt. This situation is striking because God had just parted the Red Sea for them. They didn’t take a moment to exhale and to remember God’s promises, to remember what He had already done.

So the next time you are trusting in God’s word but see something that causes doubt to creep in, imagine yourself exhaling in His arms, renewing your faith, and remembering His promises. In the meantime, cling to these 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, exhale.

B Moments, between

What Should You Do between 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: Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question: what do we do in between God’s blessings?

In this series we’re focusing on our blessings and our relationship to them. When I think about this question, I realize that the key is to remember that if He did it for us before, He can and will do it for us again.

When I think about this topic, I reflect on the Israelites. We recall how God performed an amazing miracle when the Israelites appeared to be trapped between the wilderness and the Red Sea.

However, even after He parted the sea and created a dry path for the Israelites to cross on, they immediately became preoccupied with what was next. For them, that was worrying about what they were going to eat and drink.

Although they didn’t necessarily panic like they did when Pharaoh was charging toward them, they definitely began to fret. I think that is common. When God delivers one blessing and we’re waiting on Him to answer the next, we may experience a sense of anxiety.

The best way to calm yourself while you’re waiting on God to answer is to go back and reflect on a time when the circumstances seemed impossible, but God saw you through to the other side.

What situation are you waiting for God to deliver on for you? Think about that and 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 that what He did before, He can and will do again.

B Moments, ultimate sacrifice

The Sacrifice Has Already Been Paid 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: Romans 6:23 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how the ultimate sacrifice has already been paid for us.

Recently, we talked about engaging in those activities that can separate us from God. Sometimes we can even have the best intentions and still allow something to impact our intimacy with Him. This is what happened to the Israelites as they traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover festivities.

First, the Israelites incurred expense after expense. Therefore, even though they were in a place to worship, their preoccupation with whether they had enough money impacted their worship.

In addition to their financial worries, they also worried whether their animal sacrifice would pass the inspection. The slightest imperfection in their animal meant that it wouldn’t pass the test, meaning they would have to purchase another animal at great expense.

Let us be comforted today that this is the one test that we never have to worry about again. That price has already been paid.

One interesting fact is that a perfect animal sacrifice could never have any broken bones. Even as Christ’s body endured the most horrific beating that it did, he ended up having not one broken bone. He is the ultimate, perfect lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Let us remember these words: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (ESV)

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So today, remind someone else that the ultimate sacrifice has already been paid for them.

B Moments, supernatural

Give God Your Supernatural Response

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

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is awaiting our supernatural response.

I recently talked about imagining ourselves exhaling in the arms of God and remembering His promises to us. The next step is to give a supernatural response when things don’t seem to be going well.

A dear friend pointed me to a devotional that says when things seem to be going wrong, we need to trust God. When things seem out of control, we need to thank God.

This is exactly how Jeremiah reacted in a supernatural way. When the Israelites were exiled to Babylon, they were considered refugees, and things were very much out of control for them.

However, in this chaos, Jeremiah trusted God’s word and purchased a piece of land that he knew would fall into the hands of the Babylonians.

Jeremiah wanted to show the Israelites just how much he believed in God’s word during the chaos and before God’s promises were fulfilled. This was his supernatural response.

Therefore, when things seem to be off track, remember to exhale and be reminded that God will deliver on His word. Then, give God your supernatural response. As you do that, remember these words: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is awaiting for your supernatural response.

B Moments, spin

Avoid Putting Your Own Spin on 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: Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes we can put our own spin on fulfilling God’s will.

In this series, we are talking about embracing God’s will and about how sometimes we can miss the mark. King Saul’s life is a perfect example of this.

One day, Saul was given specific instructions from God to go and destroy the Amalekites. The Amalekites were being killed because of their opposition to the Israelites when they came from Egypt.

Saul was instructed to kill the entire nation, including the cattle, sheep, and donkeys—everything. Yet when Saul mobilized his army of 200,000, he slaughtered the Amalekites but spared the king and kept all the cattle, despite God’s clear instructions.

When Samuel, the prophet, questioned Saul about it, he said that he had obeyed the Lord. In fact, he said that he intended to sacrifice the cattle before the Lord.

However, God didn’t ask Saul to sacrifice; He asked him to obey. Partial obedience is not obedience. Saul fulfilled part of God’s will and put his own spin on the rest.

How often do we do this? We fulfill part of what God is asking us to do and then we try to overcompensate in another area. If that might be you today, let these words inspire you: “…so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

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So today, avoid putting your own spin on God’s will and just embrace it.

B Moments, fit

Choose God’s Will Over Simply Fitting In

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can go against God’s will just to fit in.

In this series, we’re talking about embracing God’s will and how we can sometimes miss the mark. I began thinking about this as I read in 1 Samuel about how the Israelites compared themselves to their neighboring countries.

In the story, the Israelites noticed that these neighboring countries all had kings, so they wanted their own king. Even though God was their divine king who had delivered them time and time again, they still wanted a human king to fit in with their neighbors. It’s the classic case of trying to keep up with the Joneses, so to speak.

However, God granted the Israelites’ wish, and Saul became their king. Saul started out as a decent king, but over time, he began to reveal his true colors. He ended up putting the Israelites in harm’s way because he disobeyed God’s commands.

Even though God granted the Israelites’ wish to have a king, He knew their desire to fit in with their neighboring countries would not turn out well for them. Therefore, take a moment today to think about something you might be pursuing for the sake of fitting in, but that you know is not God’s will—at least at this time in your life.

As you might be on the fence about which way to go, carry these words on your heart: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye loving on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

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So today, ignore that desire to fit in and embrace God’s will.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remember humility wins.