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B Moments, good works

Your Good Works Are Accruing with God

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)

Today, as I am on the road, I am thinking about how your good works are accruing with God.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “accrue” as something that accumulates over time. As we wrap up our series about Joseph, his life is a perfect example of how our good works are always accruing with God. Even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark and unjust places, his good works never stopped accruing with God.

One example of this was when Joseph interpreted the cupbearer’s dream. In turn, the cupbearer was supposed to help Joseph get out of prison. But he soon forgot all about Joseph. It wasn’t until two years later that the cupbearer remembered Joseph and referred him to the king. During this two-year period, there was no sign that Joseph would be released from prison.

It is during this period of inactivity that we may think our good works are not being considered. In the natural realm, it just looks like two more years in prison for Joseph. But in God’s realm, Joseph’s good works were steadily accruing, even when it seemed like nothing was happening.

Here is the key. When the day comes for your good works to be reconciled against God’s ledger, His blessings will far exceed your expectations. Joseph just asked to be released from prison. Yet God’s plan was not only to have him released, but to make him governor, to reunite him with his family, and to give him a loving wife and children.

Let us be inspired today by 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, know that your good works are accruing.

B Moments, outcome

Detach from Your Outcome

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how detaching from the outcome may be easier than we think.

Recently, we’ve been talking about Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. We know that even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark places on his journey, like being enslaved and imprisoned, God was not only with him everywhere he went, but God also gave him special favor in those places.

We also know that although things sometimes happened to Joseph that seemed to have no rhyme or reason, in the end, Joseph’s story is a very beautiful one.

If we apply this thinking to our own lives, we see that despite how dark things may seem, God and His favor are always with us. Even though we may struggle through seemingly unrelated events, in the end, they are all woven into a beautiful story. Knowing these things makes it much easier to detach from the outcome.

Joseph teaches us to not get caught up on the when and how. He simply reminded himself constantly that God was orchestrating a greater plan for his life. We know that Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace in the same day—something he could not have orchestrated on his own.

Do you need to detach from a situation that is, in a sense, imprisoning you today? If so, remember these words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, go free and detach.

B Moments, evil

God Will Turn Their Evil into Your Good

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we use our energy when we believe we have been wronged by someone.

Perhaps this person’s actions have caused you to end up in a place you otherwise wouldn’t be. We can make that case for Joseph’s life.

First, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers due to their jealousy of him. Next, he was thrown into prison after being falsely accused.

Yet when I read the Scriptures, it is never stated or even intimated that Joseph ever retaliated or contemplated retaliation.

In fact, when Joseph was finally confronted by his brothers years later, they were all consumed with the idea that Joseph might want to take their lives. But he only wept for them and told them that God turned into good what they intended for evil.

The same can be true for you. God will turn into good what someone else intended for evil. However, you must do your part by not allowing their ill intentions to usurp your energy in the meantime.

Here is the key. Seldom do we end up actually retaliating. We simply become preoccupied with the idea of getting back at another. Therefore, it is important to let go of these feelings.

If you’re in this place, shift your energy by following these two steps. First, sincerely release this situation into God’s hands. Second, thank Him in advance for turning what was intended for evil into your good.

As you do that, remember these words: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is turning any evil toward your good.

B Moments, place

God Is with You, Even There

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

Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is with us—even when we’re in a place we don’t want to be.

Sometimes, this place can be physical, like a job or a relationship. Other times, it can be an emotional or spiritual state.

This was the case with Joseph after his brothers sold him into slavery. During that time, Joseph was purchased by a man named Potiphar.

As soon as he arrived at Potiphar’s doorstep as a slave, God’s favor was upon Joseph. Even Potiphar noticed God’s favor on him and ended up putting Joseph in charge of his entire household.

However, this was short-lived because Joseph was falsely accused of a crime, and Potiphar ended up throwing Joseph in jail.

Yet as the Scriptures say, the Lord was with Joseph there too. Joseph now had favor with the chief jailer.

Sometimes, when we find ourselves in a place that seems inconsistent with our overall journey—a place we believe we don’t deserve to be—we become so focused on resisting the place that we miss God’s hand of favor there.

Let us remember that God is with us, even in those seemingly unjustified, dark places, by clinging to these words: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

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So today, remember He is with you wherever, whenever.

B Moments, reason

There Is More to Your Story

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about when things happen to us that appear to have no rhyme or reason.

Recently, we’ve been studying Joseph’s life. During the time Joseph was in prison, he met the king’s cupbearer.

One day, the cupbearer had a dream, so he asked Joseph to interpret the dream for him. Joseph told him that his dream meant he would be getting out of prison very soon.

In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to have pity on him once he was released and to tell the king that he was an innocent man. Yet once the cupbearer got out of prison, he forgot all about Joseph.

In your life, have you ever wrongly believed that you found the solution to your less than ideal situation? You might believe that the reason you met a person was to solve your crisis, but in the end, you may find that the person was not the answer.

During these times, you might wonder why you encountered the person in the first place. You may even conclude that sometimes things happen to you without rhyme or reason.

However, I would encourage you to see things differently because it is not the end of your story. You can see evidence of this in the fact that all of the seemingly unrelated events that Joseph dealt with ultimately ended up being part of a beautiful story.

If you feel like things are just happening to you and not for you, hang on because there is definitely more to your story. As you remember that, hold onto these words: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, know that there is more to your story.

B Moments, unexpected

God Has Unexpected Good 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: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about God’s unexpected good.

We are wrapping up our series on God’s intimate relationship with us. We’ve been talking about how we are so connected to God that He knows just how to bless us. He knows your prayers, both spoken and unspoken. He knows when you are kind just for the sake of being kind, and He knows how to surprise you with a blessing in return.

Because we are in a relationship with God, there are some things that we have just come to expect from Him, such as Him answering our prayers. Yet there are also things we can’t expect God will send our way. This is God’s unexpected good, or the good that you didn’t even think to ask for.

This was certainly the case for Joseph. As we know, Joseph was an innocent man who was enslaved and imprisoned. His prayer was simply to be released from prison and to have his name restored after his innocence was proclaimed. He could envision these two things. He could wrap his mind around what it looked like to be a free man.

But, Joseph couldn’t envision God’s unexpected good for him. He didn’t know that God would make him governor of Egypt, reunite him with his family, and give him a loving wife.

Here’s the key. You can’t envision or anticipate God’s unexpected good since it is almost as if He pulls it from another universe. Therefore, continue to put God first in your life and 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)

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So today, know that God has unexpected good for you.

B Moments, in motion

Your Future Blessings Are in Motion Today

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how God puts His blessings in motion long before we experience them.

In this series, we’ve been focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. We also talked about His three key attributes. He is omniscient, which means he knows everything about you. He’s omnipresent, which means He goes everywhere with you. And He is omnipotent, which means He has the infinite power to answer your prayers.

David makes this even clearer in Psalm 139 when he says, “You saw me even before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.” This idea caused me to reflect on how God will put a blessing in motion long before we experience it.

Recently, we talked about Joseph’s life, and this was surely the case for him. When we read Genesis 37, we see that Joseph was sold into slavery and ended up in prison. Yet by Genesis 41, just four chapters later, Joseph is no longer enslaved or imprisoned. He has been elevated to the role of second man in charge of all of Egypt, and he sees the country through a seven-year drought. Joseph’s position would also lead to him being reunited with his family.

Sometimes, when we experience a blessing from God, we think about it when we receive it, in the here and now. We miss that God is so intimately connected with our life’s path that the blessing we experience today was put into motion long ago. Embrace that idea by clinging to these fitting words: “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, know that your good for tomorrow is being put into motion today.

B Moments, worth it

Every Step Will Be Worth It

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 (KJV)

B Moment listeners, I’ve been waiting to say this for some time. Today we are on location, and I am thinking about how every step was worth it.

Graduation season is upon us, and the idea that every step was worth it is often especially true for graduates. I’m thinking about this because I’m in New York celebrating my husband’s graduation from business school.

Some of you may remember that two years ago I shared that I taped the Bible verse Joshua 1:9 to the soles of my husband’s shoes when he started business school. I did that because I wanted him to be reminded with each step of what Joshua 1:9 teaches us. It tells us to be strong and courageous because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.

Well today, this part of his journey has come to pass, and he will say every step was worth it.

However, there are some parts of our journey that may feel wrong, causing us to believe that the path we’re on is not worth it. For example, I’m sure Joseph felt this way when he was sold into slavery by his brothers and was put into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Yet Joseph was able to remember that God is always in control, even when one of the stops on his journey was a prison cell. Joseph continued to press forward, trusting God with every step. In the end, Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace.

Do you need to remind someone that every step will be worth it? If so, share these words with them: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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So today, trust God and know that every step will be worth it.

B Moments, fearful to faithful

Be Courageous: Move from Fearful to Faithful

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

Scripture reference: Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when we move from fearful to faithful.

Recently, we talked about how it’s never too late to seek Christ. This was certainly the case for Joseph, a rich man who had been a secret disciple of Jesus because he feared the Jewish leaders.

However, after Jesus was crucified, Joseph mustered the courage to approach Pilate and request Jesus’ body. He worked closely with Nicodemus, who was another man who secretly believed in Christ.

After Jesus closed his eyes on the cross, these two men finally moved into action. They wrapped Jesus’ body in the finest spices and in a new linen that Joseph had purchased just for Christ. They even put Jesus in a new tomb which was said to be the tomb meant for Joseph.

While Joseph and Nicodemus didn’t have the courage to publicly follow Christ, it is clear that when he was crucified, they moved from a place of fear to one of faith. Some accounts even say that Joseph risked his own life when he went before Pilate to request Jesus’ body.

What do you need to move from fearful to faithful on? On this Good Friday, let us not lose hope but instead embrace the good news: “May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 (ESV)

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So today, let us move from fearful to faithful.

B Moments, path

A Heavenly Path Paved Just for You

When our lives begin to change and our future seems uncertain, it is understandable we begin to worry about whether we are on the path God set for us, or if we have strayed. However, instead of simply fretting about whether we are moving toward the destination God has planned for us, we can assess our journey and our path, then adjust accordingly. In other words, by keeping God and His ultimate plan in mind, we can ensure that we make the choices that will keep us on our heavenly path.

Here are 3 ways to ensure you are moving down your heavenly path:

  1. Understand that your actions—and your reactions—determine your destination. Many times, you will be in the driver’s seat, so to speak, when it comes to the major decisions of your life. However, on occasion, life will seem to simply happen to you. In both instances, it is important to recall that the way you behave dictates where you end up. For example, when Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery, and when he ended up in jail, Joseph didn’t despair. He didn’t even hold a grudge against his brothers. Instead, he found it in his heart to forgive them. In this way, he moved closer toward his destiny (and his eventual palace) by acting in an admirable way. His actions and his reaction to the unforeseen circumstance, led him to his heavenly destination. To ensure you stay on your heavenly path, recall the words: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13 (ESV)
  2. Invest your little and trust that you will obtain more. In life, you may sometimes have to begin at an entry level, meaning you don’t have much in the way of compensation or responsibilities. While this may be a little disheartening, it is also a fabulous way to prove yourself. In the Scriptures, Jesus tells of a man who gave one of his servants five bags of gold to invest for him while the man was away. The servant took the amount he was given (not a terribly significant amount) and invested it, turning it into ten bags of gold by the time his employer had returned. As a reward, the man decided to give the servant more responsibilities. From this story, it is clear that even if you are in an entry-level position, you are able to turn what little you have into much more—especially if you keep your eye on your heavenly destiny. To remember this lesson, hold these words in your heart: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
  3. Remember your purpose when you make tough decisions. Making difficult choices is never a pleasant or simple task as taking responsibility for the outcome is frightening. However, rather than shying away from the choices in front of you, try to recall the story of King Balak and the prophet Balaam. Balak tried his very best to induce Balaam to curse the Israelites, offering him riches beyond his wildest dreams. Yet Balaam did not evade this decision, but instead gave Balaak a resounding NO, saying that he would never act against the will of the Lord. In other words, Balaam strode toward his destiny by confidently choosing God over everything else. Bring to mind your heavenly purpose the next time you are faced with a tough choice by remembering the words: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by ensuring you are on your heavenly path.

“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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