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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, 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.

B Moments, high

Your High Expectations Will Be Met

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our expectations high.

Recently, we’ve been talking about being in a new season. We discussed having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow when it feels like we’re on the brink of something new. We also talked about the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey when we enter a new season as God sent the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.

However, one other thing I think we should do is have high expectations for our new season—high expectations that God will show up and show out. Recall the time that Peter was in jail during the Passover celebration. He was placed under the guard of four squads of four soldiers. In other words, he was in what we might call today a maximum security prison.

During that time, there was a gathering of believers who stayed up all night praying for Peter. We also know that in the middle of the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and led him out of prison.

Here’s the somewhat comical part. Peter left the jail and went to the home of the believers who had been up all night praying for him. When he knocked at the door, a servant girl named Rhoda answered. When she saw it was Peter, she was so shocked that she ran back to tell the others, leaving Peter standing outside.

When she ran back inside to tell everyone about Peter, they didn’t believe her and instead thought it was Peter’s angel at the door. They had been up all night praying but didn’t have high enough expectations that God would answer. Don’t let that happen to you in your new season. As you think about that, remember these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, have high expectations.

B Moments, peace

Trust: The Answer to Your Search for Peace

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how if we genuinely trust God, a peaceful state will follow.

Recently, we talked about what happens to us when we appear to be in a dire situation that presents no way out. We used Peter’s arrest as an example.

King Herod had begun to persecute believers, and Peter was likely next in line. To prevent Peter from escaping, he was guarded by four squads of four soldiers, plus a soldier was chained to his right side and another to his left.

So an unarmed Peter was surrounded by eighteen armed soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter appeared to be in an inescapable situation. Then, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and instructed him to wake up, get dressed, and follow him.

Notice the angel’s first words to Peter: wake up. As Peter was surrounded by eighteen soldiers, he slept. As he was set to have a public trial the next morning that would likely result in his own persecution, he slept. Peter did what God wants us to do. He genuinely trusted God and a peaceful state followed.

Sometimes we claim to trust God but struggle to find peace over a situation. Trust and peace go hand in hand. If you say you trust God but you’re anxious and restless, I would say there is an opportunity to trust Him even more.

Let us take a page out of Peter’s book and cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, be at peace.

B Moments, considered

God’s Next Move Is One You Haven’t Considered

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 moves we have never even considered.

Previously, we talked about those things we need to do to better serve God. Now, we’re focusing on those things that we can expect from our heavenly Father.

Sometimes we can find ourselves in a difficult situation and see no way out. We play out multiple scenarios in our minds, but we still see no way out. 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. Peter was arrested at a time when King Herod had begun persecuting Christians.

The night before his trial, Peter was surrounded by four squads of four soldiers and was chained to a soldier on each side, totaling eighteen soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter seemed to be in a 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 have never even considered. As you turn over matters to Him, hold onto 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, retaliate

Stay the Course: Resist the Urge to Retaliate

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 20:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about resisting the urge to retaliate.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and how he didn’t allow himself to become distracted from his life’s purpose. We’ve discussed that one way to become distracted is by being preoccupied with the actions of others. Another way we can be thrown off course is by retaliating in the moment.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the mob that arrived with torches and swords to arrest Jesus. During that intense moment of confrontation, Peter retaliated, taking his sword and slashing off the ear of one of those who came to arrest Jesus.

Sometimes when an injustice occurs, retaliating in the moment can seem like the next logical step. It may seem like the only way to ensure the outcome is fair. It can also feel like a show of strength when it is needed most.

Yet as followers of Christ, we know there is a higher calling. We know that true strength comes from being able to stay the course and endure what God has called us to endure for a greater purpose.

That night in the garden of Gethsemane, despite the grave injustice, Jesus stayed his course. Therefore, let your urge to retaliate dissolve into the hands of God and instead, cling to these words: “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.” Proverbs 20:22 (ESV)

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So today, resist your urge to retaliate.

B Moments, priorities

Keep Shifting Your Priorities toward God

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 when our priorities shift.

In this series, we’re focusing on our before and after. I’ve used the example of watching HGTV and seeing the before and after images of a remodeled house. The same can be true for our spiritual growth.

Now, I’m focusing on Peter and how his priorities shifted. If you know anything about Peter, you know that he loved fishing. It was in his DNA and was the center of his world. In good times, Peter would happily fish, and when he was down, he would retreat to fishing.

However, I noticed something interesting about this as I was reading in the book of John. One night, Peter and some of the disciples went out fishing. They fished all night, but by morning they had not caught a thing. An unsuccessful fishing trip was a big deal to someone like Peter.

At dawn, Jesus appeared on the shore and told Peter and the disciples to throw their nets on the right side of the boat, and there would be plenty of fish. In fact, there would be so many fish that the nets wouldn’t be able to hold them all.

Yet the moment that Peter saw Christ appear on the shore, the Scriptures say he threw on his tunic, jumped overboard, and swam to shore to join Jesus. In that moment, Peter made it very clear that fish were no longer the most important thing in his life. His priorities had shifted. He had something better: Christ on the shore.

Take a moment to celebrate yourself for shifting your priorities and growing closer to God. As you do so, 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, keep shifting your priorities for the better.

B Moments, flavor

Does Your Salt Still Have Its Flavor?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question. Does your salt still have its flavor?

This week we’ve been focusing on the teachings from Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Today, I’m focusing on the passage from Matthew 5:13 that tells us we are the salt of the earth, but then asks what the purpose of salt is if it has lost its flavor.

In biblical times, salt was used to preserve food, particularly meat, as well as to add flavor to food. As Christians, it is important for our spiritual walk to maintain its flavor by preserving God’s word in our hearts and minds so that it is ultimately reflected in our actions.

This is exactly what Peter did when he encountered a lame man who had been begging outside the temple for the last forty years. Peter did not give him money, but instead he chose to heal him.

As a result of Peter’s actions, not only was the man healed, but many other lives were touched. As thousands of souls turned to God due to the healing of this lame man, Peter acted as the salt of the earth—a salt that had not lost its flavor.

We know that Peter did not begin his spiritual walk strong and had many struggles along the way. In other words, he had many periods in his life when his salt may have lacked flavor, so to speak. Yet Peter’s story inspires us, showing that there is always time to turn it around.

Therefore, I ask you, does your salt still have its flavor? As you think about that, remember these words: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)

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So today, keep the flavor in your salt.