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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.

B Moments, GPS

Turn on Your GPS for God

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about seeking God for GPS-like directions.

Recently, I talked about things feeling a bit out of sorts. Some things seem on track one week and off track the next. It is during these times when my circumstances feel overwhelming that I can forget to seek God for direction.

Similar to how we use GPS to give us step-by-step directions, it is important to seek God in the same way—especially when feeling impatient or overwhelmed. This is exactly what David did when he fought the Philistines.

It is important to note that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron. This meant that they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not. However, as David knew all too well, even when you’re at a disadvantage, you can prevail if you seek God’s direction.

When the Philistines conducted their first raid on Israel’s territory, David asked God, “Shall I go up against them? Will you give them to me in my hand?” God instructed David to go into battle and assured him that he would win the battle.

After this battle, the Philistines conducted another raid. However, David didn’t become overconfident. He sought God’s guidance once again. This time, God gave David specific instructions on how to attack the Philistines from the opposite direction. At each step, David knew that in order to prevail, he needed God’s guidance.

Where in your life do you especially need God’s guidance? As you think about that, remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, turn on your GPS for God.

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, completely

Here’s How God Reacts When You Trust Him

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 reacts when we trust Him completely.

Lately, we’ve been talking about being in a new season and, regardless of what season we’re in, how important it is to keep God first. Now I want to show you how God responds when we keep Him first in our lives and trust in Him completely.

As we know, the Israelites 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. In other words, the Israelites had to simply trust that God would provide for them for an entire year.

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. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when their land was actually being farmed.

What situation have you partially turned over to God but now need to turn completely over to Him? 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, quite simply, trust Him completely.

B Moments, indirect

My Path to the New Season Seems Indirect

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminding us to trust God’s indirect path.

Recently, we’ve been talking about what it feels like to be in a new season and how we need to keep our expectations high. Personally, I’ve also often struggled with what I want in a new season. I sometimes feel like something is missing or I’m not being as useful as I could be.

However, once things become clear to me, I have an expectation that my path in the new season will be direct. In other words, the biggest issue for me is figuring out the right path, but once I have it all figured out, I expect my path to take me directly from point A to point B. I have learned though, that when God is guiding you, His path is rarely direct.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when the Israelites fled Egypt after being enslaved for more than 400 years. God guided them out of Egypt, but He didn’t take them on a logical path from point A to point B.

Instead, He led them on a more scenic route that took them right between the wilderness and the Red Sea. Then, just when it seemed as though they had nowhere else to go, God instructed Moses to hold his staff over the Red Sea, and a path opened up for the Israelites.

Through this story, we see that God’s path for us appears to zigzag sometimes, seemingly without reason. Yet this is only so that His awesome power is revealed in our lives in the end. Let us remember this by reflecting on these words: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, trust your indirect path.

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, 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.