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B Moments, normal

God’s Path Doesn’t Always Take a Normal Course

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s path for your life doesn’t always take a normal course.

In this series, we’ve been examining the various ways we can settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of Peter’s healing of the lame man outside the temple to make this point.

As you may recall, Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer when a man who had been lame for forty years asked them for money. Peter told the man that he had no silver and gold to give him but that he could instead offer him healing in the name of Jesus.

Everyone in the town knew that the man had been lame since his birth forty years ago. Therefore, when they witnessed Peter healing him, 5,000 people turned to Christ.

However, the religious leaders were threatened by the power Peter demonstrated when he healed the lame man, so they called him in to speak before the council after they had arrested him. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter stood before the council with both confidence and humility as he told them how he healed the man by the power of Christ.

The religious leaders remained confused. They saw Peter as a common, uneducated man as they knew he had not gone through the normal training courses in their rabbinical schools. Yet he spoke with eloquence and authority about the way to salvation when standing before the court, which was similar to today’s Supreme Court.

Sometimes your life’s path doesn’t take the normal course that others or society believes it should take. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve settled but instead that God has another path for you. Cling to these words: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your different path.

B Moments, lighting

God Will Light Your Path Toward Greater

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will light your path toward greater.

Recently, we talked about how we use our GPS for step-by-step directions. We also discussed how it is important to turn to God for step-by-step directions when we feel overwhelmed by our circumstances.

Yet it is also true that just as we are seeking God for direction, He is also guiding us. This was surely the case with Ruth.

After Naomi lost her husband and her two sons, she felt abandoned by God, so she decided to return to her hometown. She told Ruth and Orpah, her two daughter-in-laws, that she was planning to return home.

However, they didn’t want her to return home alone, so they insisted on going with her. Naomi thought it was too much of a sacrifice, and she declined their offer. Eventually, Orpah relented and told Naomi to return home alone, but Ruth insisted on staying with her.

What’s interesting here is that Ruth was from Moab, and Moabites served other gods. Therefore, Ruth would not only be leaving her home and family and friends, but she would even be leaving her way of worship. Yet she decided to trust the pull on her heart and take the path that God was leading her toward.

While Orpah faded into history, Ruth went on to marry Boaz and would become the great-grandmother to King David. Today, know that as much as we are seeking God’s direction, He too is lighting our path to greater.

As you embrace that idea, hold onto these words: “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 that God is lighting your way.

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, your path

Remember Those God Has Put on Your Path

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am far away from the studio as I am attending a retreat on the beach. The sound you hear behind me is God’s beautiful waves.

Today, I am asking a question: do you see who God has put on your path?

In this series, we’re focusing on those things that Christ really wants us to remember. First, we know that he wants us to remember him and to remember that he is always there to meet our needs. Second, he wants us to remember each other.

As I think about this, I am reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road.

Some time after, a priest saw the beaten man and, rather than rushing to the man’s aid, chose to ignore him and cross to the other side of the street. During this time, there were cleansing rituals for those who were hurt, so it was possible the priest didn’t want to take the time to complete the cleansing rituals as it would inconvenience himself.

Next, a Levite came along. Levites held an impressive religious and political standing in the community. Although the Levite saw the injured man, he too chose to ignore him.

Unexpectedly, it was a Samaritan who showed the man compassion. The Samaritan man poured oil and wine into the injured man’s wounds and took him into an inn, paying his lodging fee. He even told the innkeeper that he would pay more if needed.

So I’m asking you, who has God put on your path? Is there someone in need God really wants you to see and help? As you think about that, remember these words: “When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

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So today, remember those God has put on your path.

B Moments, no title

When Your New Path Has No Title

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

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about being on a new path but with no title.

As we wrap up our series honoring graduates, I am reminded of an event I once attended when I listened to a lady rather awkwardly describe her new path. She explained how she had just lost her corporate job due to a merger, but she wasn’t going to seek another corporate job because she felt that God was leading her on a new path. In the interim, she was doing some temporary work.

I could relate to this woman’s every word, even the awkwardness in her delivery; she was telling my own story. Sometimes when you’re working for God, all you have is the feeling He’s put in your heart. All you have is the assignment. You don’t have a title. King David was in a similar position. Despite being named king, he wasn’t formally crowned king until nearly thirteen years later.

I believe God is doing two things when we start on a new path with no title. First, He’s preparing us. He wants to give us the title, but He also wants to make sure we’re spiritually strong enough to keep it. Second, He’s testing us. He wants to make sure we will be faithful with or without a title. This is why many are called but few are chosen. Many people can’t endure the preparation and testing periods.

David teaches us that he didn’t need a title to fulfill God’s assignment, and neither do we. As you think about your assignment, remember these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, remember that you’ve been chosen by God; that is all you need.

B Moments, move

The Next Move May Not Be Yours

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)

Today, I am thinking about when your next move is God’s, not yours.

We are wrapping up our series on remodeling our spiritual life. Using the analogy of remodeling a room, we claimed that sometimes the removal of just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room.

We acknowledged that the same can be true for our spiritual lives. By making just one decision, or by stepping away from just one relationship, we can shift the energy of our path.

But what happens when God makes the move for us?

When God takes away something or removes us entirely from a situation, our natural inclination may be to assume that we did something wrong. Yet at this very moment, we should put our spiritual hat on and remember there is something greater at work.

Recall what happened to Elizabeth, who became pregnant with John the Baptist. She had been barren for years, but when she became pregnant, she went into seclusion for five months.

God removed her from her home not because she had done something wrong, but because she was embarking on a great assignment for Him. Her son, John the Baptist, would be the one to announce the coming of Christ.

Our ways may be to simply remodel, but God’s ways are to transform. As we know, Elizabeth’s life would be forever transformed by the birth of her son.

Therefore, embrace the way God is moving in your life—even if you don’t understand every move—and 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, the next move may not be yours.

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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B Moments, following

It’s Not the Destination, but Who You Follow

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when only God’s will is clear.

In this circumstance, you believe that God has directed you to a new path, so you’re clear about the “what.” However, you’re still unclear about how and when things all come together.

Personally, this is a bit of a celebratory moment for me because it wasn’t too long ago that I was praying to God for His will to be revealed to me. Now, I find myself praying to know how and when it will all come together.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look to Abraham. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey towards a new home that was more than a thousand miles away. During this extensive journey, I have to believe that Abraham had questions upon questions.

However, Abraham placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following. He is a perfect example of how this type of blind faith pleases God, since we know that ultimately God named Abraham father of many nations.

Join me in kicking off the new year with a blind trust in God, and remember these words as you do so: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

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So today, remember that it’s not where you’re going as much as who you are following.

B Moment, soil

Planting the Seeds of Your Faith

B Moment, soil

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

Scripture reference: John 15:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about where I am on my walk with the Lord.

I was pondering this as I was reading one of the parables that Jesus told the disciples in the Book of Mark. Jesus spoke of a farmer whose seeds fell on various pathways. As I read, I tried to figure out which type of pathway applied to me.

Jesus started by saying that there were some seeds that fell on a hard path. In the parable, that signified the people who would hear the Word of God, but then allow Satan into their hearts. Of course, I didn’t see myself–or any of you–as that path.

Then, Jesus said that some seeds fell on rocky soil, meaning the people that hear the Word of God and receive it, but then fail to stay by the Lord in difficult times. In other words, people who would wilt under pressure because their roots don’t go very deep. This is where I used to be.

Next, there is the thorny soil. This is where I believe myself to be. The thorny soil represents those who hear the Word, but too often allow it to be crowded out by other interests like personal ambitions and the desire for nice things.

Finally, there is the good soil which produces an abundance of crops. The good soil symbolizes not only receiving the Word, but living it such that we bring others into His fold.

The words that I use to guide me to the right path are, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be His disciples.” John 15:8 (ESV)

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So today, think about which soil you are. What do you need to change to get where you want to be on your walk with the Lord?

B Moment, solution

God Has a Solution to Every Problem

B Moment, solution

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about God’s divine solutions.

I have been reading a lot about the Israelites lately, including 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, we are able to see that God had solutions to all their difficulties. 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 sated.

It is clear that God blessed the Israelites with a home that was overflowing with milk and honey, but as the road to get to there was not free from problems, they had to trust that God had divine solutions for their difficulties.

There were a number of Israelites though, that chose to complain about their problems instead of trusting in God. They 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 said that there, they wouldn’t have to rely on or wait for God’s divine solutions.

So that prompts a question: What problems are you facing on the way to your destiny? Are you beginning to doubt your destiny now because of those problems? I know that I have been there, too.

Let us be comforted by the words, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, keep striving for your destiny, knowing that God has a solution to all your problems.