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B Moments, act

Trust and Act: Your Two-Step Dance

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how we must trust and then act. Think of it like a two-step dance. Trust and act. Trust and act.

Recently we’ve been focusing on those things that prepared Jesus for Calvary. Sometimes God is preparing you for greater, but you can’t see it. You might make snap judgments about a certain situation and want it to be removed from your life when God is actually using that very situation to prepare you for greater.

We also talked about how our spirit might be fully prepared to take the next step, but our flesh isn’t. Jesus teaches us that we overcome weakness by desiring His will more than our own.

Then, there may come a time when you are prepared, and your next move is to give all of you in that moment. I’m sure the woman who poured her expensive perfume over Jesus’ head had been saving it for some time, yet she couldn’t become trapped in the security of saving it. Instead, she had to trust and act.

When the woman gave all of herself in that moment, tuning out Peter’s remarks that she was being wasteful, Jesus responded by saying: “I assure you wherever the good news is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.”

What are you prepared to do, but are hesitating about due to the security of inaction? As you reflect on that, let these words inspire you: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

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So today, put on your dancing shoes to trust and act.

B Moments, love endures

Despite Our Actions, God’s Love Will Endure

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

Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

This week, love is in the air. So today, I am thinking about how God’s love endures despite our actions.

Recently I talked about how God is in the business of changing hearts. I spoke about Rahab, a prostitute, who chose God above her lifestyle.

What’s important to understand is that God doesn’t just start to love us or believe in us once we have a change of heart or begin to see the light. His love endures while we’re living in dark places and possibly making poor choices.

When I think about this, I think about Peter’s life. One day, Jesus was asking the disciples who people said the son of man was. Some of them replied John the Baptist, and others said Elijah.

Then, Jesus asked the disciples who they said he was. Peter said that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because only Jesus’ Father in heaven revealed that to him.

The key is that God chose to reveal this to Peter, even when He knew Peter would later deny Him. Similarly, He could have chosen to change the heart of another woman, but He chose Rahab, a prostitute.

Let us appreciate the fact that God’s love and grace are sufficient to endure despite our actions. As we reflect on that, let us be comforted by these words: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that His love endures.

B Moments, towel

Don’t Throw in the Towel Just Yet

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about when you call it a wrap but Jesus doesn’t.

We’re wrapping up our series on our life’s purpose. In this series, we’ve talked about how being tested can give us greater clarity about our purpose as well as how ultimately, our purpose is more about serving others than about our own personal ambitions. Finally, we said that God will often push us beyond what is comfortable to do His work.

It is in those periods of testing and discomfort and disappointment that you might feel like calling it a wrap or throwing in the towel. This is what happened to Peter when Jesus met him on the shore one day.

Peter and some other fishermen had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. By the time that Jesus arrived, they were washing their empty nets and getting ready to pack it up and go home. In other words, they were calling it a wrap.

Jesus sat in one of the empty boats and began teaching the crowd. When he finished, he told Peter to go out where the water was deeper and to let his nets down again. Peter and the other fishermen were awestruck by the amount of fish they had in their nets. It was so much that their nets began to tear.

It was at this moment that Jesus told Peter, “From now on, you’ll be fishing for people.” It’s interesting that when Peter was ready to throw in the towel, Jesus blessed him abundantly and advanced him to the next level—fishing for people.

The next time you’re feeling the need to throw in the towel, remember that God may see things differently. As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “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, don’t throw in that towel.

B Moments, circle

Make Sure You Have the Right Inner Circle

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the value of an inner circle.

Most of us are familiar with the term “inner circle” because we usually have a larger group of acquaintances and associates, and then we also have an inner circle of close friends. Jesus had an inner circle too, even among his disciples.

We recently talked about how Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, who had become deathly ill. When Jesus entered the room to heal her, he took with him his inner circle, namely Peter, James, and John.

When Jesus ascended to the mountaintop where his appearance changed and his clothes became dazzling white, he was accompanied once again by Peter, James, and John.

As they descended from the mountaintop, Jesus asked them not to say anything about what they had just seen, and the Scriptures say they kept it to themselves—exactly what a good inner circle would do.

This is all a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle even within the twelve disciples. He knew who he could share the most intimate part of his journey with, and he also knew who he had to shut out—Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray him.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle, even when my gut told me it was a bad idea, just because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us both be taught by these words: “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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So today, have the right inner circle with you.

B Moments, considered

Wait for It: You’ve Never Considered His Next Move

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 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has solutions to your issues that you’ve never even considered.

Sometimes we carry issues over from the previous year into our new year, wondering what will we do differently this year to fix things. We play out multiple scenarios in our mind, but we still see no way out. Yet it is when we turn that situation completely over to God that He will make a move we had never even considered.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the time Peter was imprisoned. He had been arrested at a time when King Herod had begun persecuting Christians. The night before his trial, Peter was surrounded by a total of eighteen soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter seemed to be in a very difficult situation that presented no way out.

However, sometime during the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and instructed him to wake up, get dressed, and follow him. The angel led Peter past two more guard stations and out into the street. Once outside, Peter realized that God had sent an angel to save him, a move by God that Peter had never even considered.

In the same respect, God’s answer to your situation is likely one you’ve never thought of either. So don’t let those issues from last year begin to consume your new year. Instead, turn matters over to God and remember these words: “Fear not, for I am with you…I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

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So today, wait for God’s next move.

B Moments, script

Trust God and Go Off Script

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 encouraging us to trust God and go off script.

Recently we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the indelible mark he left on the world. Just a short time ago I learned that his “I Have a Dream” speech actually happened when the renowned songstress Mahalia Jackson whispered to him on stage to go off script and talk about the dream he had. Even knowing by this time that his days were numbered, he trusted God in the moment and went off script and his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech was born.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when Peter went before the religious council of his day to tell them that he had healed a man who had been lame for decades in the name of Jesus Christ. This council had the authority to take Peter’s life right on the spot, but he stood there before them, unscripted, and spoke from his heart.

Reflecting on the bold faith that Peter and Dr. King demonstrated by going off script when the stakes were extremely high reminds me of the courage it takes to put your notes down, get out of your head, and trust that God will supply you with whatever you need in that moment. I can see this so clearly because this is the trap I fall into, striving for every one of my messages to be so great that I lose the confidence to go off script.

But not anymore—2019 is the year I trust God more and become less scripted! If you find yourself struggling like I do to find the courage to be more unscripted, let us both cling to these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, go off script.

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, lesser

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of Your Life

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “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, stop settling.

B Moments, factor

Don’t Settle for Less: Factor in God’s Power

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we settle for less when we forget what’s possible with God.

In this series, we’re discussing all of the ways that we can settle, consciously and subconsciously. I was reminded of this idea when I read in the book of Acts about the time Peter healed the lame man outside the temple.

As Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer, a lame man asked them for money. Peter’s response to the man was, “Look at me.” The man became fixated on Peter’s face, thinking that Peter was going to honor his request and give him money or something of value.

However, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold to give you, but what I do have is healing in the name of Jesus.” Peter took the man by the right hand, and the man’s feet and ankles were immediately made strong. He not only walked into the temple, but he leaped in, praising God all the way inside.

Through this story, we see that the lame man’s heart’s desire wasn’t to be a beggar or to receive money from others. He truly wanted healing, but he settled for less because he wasn’t aware of what was possible with God.

When we forget to factor in the power of God, we end up settling for far less. Is there a hurdle in your life today that you would like to get over? Are you settling for less because you’ve forgotten what’s possible with God? Here is what Jesus told his followers: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

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So today, factor Him in.

B Moments, tune out

Tune Out the Noise in the Midst of Chaos

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about tuning out the noise.

Recently, we talked about how trust and peace go hand in hand. In other words, when we trust God, a peaceful state will follow. We used Peter’s arrest as an example. Recall that Peter was surrounded by eighteen armed guards, yet he slept.

But sometimes, the need to find peace and to be at rest extends beyond a good night’s sleep. We should also strive for peace in the midst of chaos. This is what David did when he confronted Goliath.

When we read the Scriptures, we learn that the Philistines were on one side of a valley and the Israelites were on the other side as David made his way down to confront Goliath. Reading this, we can imagine there was a massive amount of noise in the valley.

As football season is upon us, I envision a football stadium filled with fans on each side. Yet instead of the fans cheering, they express loud and chaotic cries of fear and worry.

Despite the noise, David was steady as he approached Goliath. He was able to tune out the noise, standing still and strong. We know this to be the case because if his hand was shaking like a leaf, he wouldn’t have been able to strike Goliath with such precision.

David teaches us that standing in the center of our serenity empowers us, even in the midst of chaos. As you think about that, cling to these words: “…Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, tune out the noise.