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B Moments, divine solution

For Each One of Your Issues, God Has a Solution

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

Scripture reference: John 16:33 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how God has a divine solution for each one of your obstacles.

In this series, we’ve been talking about being in deeper communion with God, which means not just seeing things in the natural, but also going deeper to see things in the spiritual realm. When we do this, we can clearly see that God has a divine solution to every challenge, obstacle, or issue that we might encounter.

This is what the Israelites had to learn on their journey to the Promised Land. To get there, they had to travel through the wilderness where they encountered a number of problems, such as dealing with the blazing heat during the day and a frequent lack of food and water.

However, if we look closely, God had a solution to each one of their issues. He provided a gigantic cloud to shield them from the sun and gave them manna for food. He even allowed water to flow from the rocks so that their thirst would be quenched.

The key for the Israelites was that they needed to trust that God had a divine solution for their difficulties. Yet instead, most of them chose to complain about their problems. Many even said that they would rather return to Egypt and endure the issues there because those were problems that they knew how to solve—they wouldn’t have to wait on God’s divine solutions.

So let me ask you: What challenges are you facing today? Are you only seeing things in the natural? If so, be encouraged that God has a divine solution to each one of your issues. As you reflect on that, be comforted by these words: “…In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)

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So today, remember His divine solutions.

B Moments, rainstorm

Get Your Umbrella Out for a Rainstorm of Blessings

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)

Transcription:

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

Recently we talked about the Lent season and how it’s the perfect time to remodel our prayers and to examine our spiritual growth. We said it’s like watching the before and after images of a house being remodeled on HGTV.

Keeping that same line of thinking, we know 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 that, 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 a rainstorm of blessings.

B Moments, expect

Expect the Unexpected When God Answers Your Prayer

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

Scripture reference: Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am encouraging you to expect the unexpected. By this I mean that it’s important to keep an open mind about who or what God chooses to work through.

Recently I was reading about the Israelites and their long journey toward the Promised Land. They became very hungry and thirsty along the way, so God instructed Moses to command a nearby rock to pour out its water.

Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and suddenly water spurted forth. There was actually enough water to satisfy both the people and their livestock.

After reading this passage, I thought to myself that we just never know who or what God will use to meet our needs. Moses and Aaron only saw a rock, so they didn’t think twice about that rock being their source for water—even though that is what ultimately ended up quenching their thirst.

In the same way, we may judge a person or a new opportunity and quickly dismiss it for not being a source that can fulfill our need. I know this is especially true for me because I oftentimes become fixated on one way a problem can be solved, and lose sight of all the other ways God can solve things.

Sometimes it is the one we least expect or the new opportunity we resist the most through which God will choose to answer our prayers. In what area of your life do you need to expect the unexpected?

As you think about that, remember these words: “How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3 (ESV)

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So today, expect the unexpected.

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, 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, hearts

Trust God’s Promises in the New Year

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)

Transcription:

Today is New Year’s Eve and I’m 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 God’s promises to us. In fact, this is exactly what the Israelites did 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 terribly frightened of the residents of the land. They thought the city was advanced and well-fortified with giant, strong people who could overtake them at any time. They saw conquering Canaan as somewhat impossible.

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.

The situation is almost unthinkable because they had just witnessed God parting the Red Sea for them. 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, follows through

Your God Follows through On His Word

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how God follows through on His promises.

We’re kicking off a new series on God’s gifts, and one of His most precious gifts is His word. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the Israelites and how they were always instructed to observe the Sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week when no one works.

Yet the Israelites were also expected to recognize the Sabbath of the seventh year. In the Sabbath year, they were not allowed to farm their land and had to let the land rest instead.

Here’s what’s significant. Farming their land was how the Israelites ate from day to day as well as how they provided for their families. So picture this. The Israelites walked by their own land every day for an entire year and resisted the urge to farm it, putting all their faith in God to provide for them.

Here’s how God responded to that. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when they were actually farming the land themselves.

This is God following through on His promise. When you have done your part by trusting in Him, He will deliver on His word. When He does, it feels like a precious gift.

What situation are you on the fence about that you now need to turn over to Him? Remember that He will honor His promise.

As you think about that, remember these words: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

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So today, rejoice that you serve a God who follows through on His word.

B Moments, give

Remember to Give God the Glory

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

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am remembering to give God the glory.

This holiday season, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of giving. The highest form of giving is to give God the glory. All that you have accomplished this year, and all you will accomplish in the next, won’t be done in your strength alone.

Sometimes, we can be so overjoyed with our victories that we can forget to give God the glory. This is the classic case of being caught up in our own strength. This was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites.

As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down. When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone who caused the walls to come down.

The Israelites, however, became overconfident in their own strength. When they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. Through their story, it is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us, we can suffer defeat.

If you’re finishing 2017 strong, or you have great things on the horizon in the new year, remember to give God the glory first. As you do so, keep these words on your heart: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so give Him the glory.

B Moments, sign

After Your Sign, Prepare to Take Action

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we will often ask God for a sign before we take action. This thought came to me as I’ve recently been studying Gideon’s story in the book of Judges.

As we know, the Israelites were under attack by the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them. However, Gideon was very doubtful that he had actually been chosen for the task because he viewed himself as so unqualified. Therefore, he asked God for a sign to be sure that this was what God was asking him to do.

First, he left a piece of wool on the floor and asked God to make the wool wet with dew but to keep the ground dry when morning came. If that occurred, he would know that God was telling him to free the Israelites.

The next morning, Gideon squeezed a bowl full of water from the piece of wool, but that wasn’t enough. Gideon went back to God and asked for a second sign. This time, he asked God to leave the piece of wool dry, but to make the ground wet with dew.

The next morning, that was precisely the case. The wool remained dry and the ground was wet.

So, we see that God responded to Gideon’s request for a sign on both occasions. Yet after God gives you a sign, the next move is yours to take. The question is, will you take it?

Sometimes, we know when God is speaking directly to us. Maybe He has put something on our heart, or maybe He’s speaking to us through another person. But once we have confirmation, we can’t become gripped by fear. We have to take the next step.

To give us the strength and courage to do so, let us cling to these words: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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So today, ask for a sign, but then be prepared to take action.

B Moments, supernatural response

In Challenging Times, Have Your Supernatural Response Ready

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)

Transcription:

I’m not in the studio today, but I am appreciating what a supernatural response can do for you.

We’re wrapping up our series on navigating through challenging and unknown times. We’ve talked about seeking God for GPS-like directions, meaning direction at every step, as well as how we shouldn’t become too overwhelmed that we forget to start our day in prayer. We also discussed how, despite what we see in our lives day to day, God always has something greater at work.

This reminds me of a passage that I once read in the devotional, Jesus Calling. The point of the devotional was that when things seem to be going wrong, we should trust God. When things seem out of control, we should thank Him. Responding in a supernatural way can lift you above your circumstances.

This is exactly what Jeremiah did. 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. His response was a supernatural one.

In the midst of challenging times, let us cling to 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, give a supernatural response.