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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)

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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, approval

Remember Whose Approval Matters Most

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 2:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about our inclination to seek approval.

In this series, we’ve been talking about how we interact with those in positions of power. Sometimes we are more inclined to seek approval from those in higher places.

Recently, I was talking about the time when David was on the run from King Saul. I talked specifically about how Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. In that moment, David stepped forward to take Saul’s life, but then quickly decided not to do so.

Soon after Saul left, David ran out of the cave and towards Saul to make him aware of the good David had just done. In fact, David even called out to Saul, “Look, my father!” Notice how David still referred to the man who was trying to kill him as his father.

David then showed Saul a piece of Saul’s robe that he had cut off in the cave. David was trying to prove to Saul that while he had the chance to take Saul’s life, he chose not to seize the opportunity.

However, even though David tried to appeal to Saul, he did so after the the fact. In other words, he didn’t seek Saul’s approval until after he had already sought the approval of God.

Sometimes, we can work so hard to win the approval of others, especially those in a higher position, that we lose sight of who is ultimately in the position of power.

Therefore, let us remember who is ultimately in control as we cling to these words: “…so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (ESV)

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So today, remember whose approval really matters.

B Moments, job

I Could Achieve More Than Those in Charge

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you feel when you know you could do a better job than the person in charge.

This series is focusing on how we interact with those who are in a place of power. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about how David interacted with Saul.

After David killed Goliath, Saul became very jealous of him and was obsessed with killing him. He feared that God would ultimately crown David king. Saul’s obsession with killing David kept David on the run.

One day, Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. David’s men whispered to him that this was a sign from God as it was the perfect opportunity to kill Saul.

David stepped forward to kill him, but then stopped in his tracks. He knew Saul was helpless. Despite knowing he was better fit to serve as king, David realized that it was better to allow God deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time.

Are you dealing with a person like this at work or in a social setting? You may sense their ill will towards you. You know you could run things better, and your peers would likely choose you over them.

However, David shows us how to take a higher path. He kept being the best person he could be and allowed God to deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time. Thanks to David’s patience, God did ultimately deal with Saul.

Especially during this time of Lent, release your situation into God’s hands and remember these words: “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

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So today, make it less about you and them and more about you and Him.

B Moments, shine

Let God’s Light Shine through You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of letting God’s glory shine through you.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked why the man was born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because sometimes our human inclination is to want to know why something happened or why it didn’t happen. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to his disciples in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor all the time, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives.

As this is a holiday week and many of you will be vacationing or staycationing or just taking it easy in general, let the light of God shine through you. Allow all that He has done in your life to bring about a glow, and let someone else be touched and impacted by your glow.

As you do that, remember these words: “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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So today, let God’s light shine through you.

B Moments, cinco de mayo

With God, Your Victory Will Be Heavenly

B Moments, cinco de mayo

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how our circumstances don’t need to change to have a great victory.

I had this thought because today, many will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory against the French. I call it the classic case of the smaller power defeating the greater power.

Looking to the Scriptures, I recently talked about how when Jesus healed a blind man, his disciples asked if the man’s blindness was due to his sins or the sins of his parents. Yet, Jesus responded that the man was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

The same is sometimes true with us, too. Our imperfections and chaotic conditions and the ability of a smaller power to ultimately defeat a greater power, all join together in showcasing the power of God’s work and revealing His hand in our lives.

The key is to make the battle the Lord’s. When we do this, the outcome is almost certain.

Therefore, the next time we’re struggling to see how we can triumph in a certain situation because nothing seems to be working and the odds seem insurmountable, let us cling to these words: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…and my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.” Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

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So today on Cinco de Mayo, give your battle to the Lord, knowing that victory is on the way.

B Moments, light

Jesus Is the Light, Even in Dark Times

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

Scripture reference: John 9:5 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how, despite the times we live in, Jesus is still the light of the world.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of this because things can appear so dire. For example, Jesus told his disciples that he was the light of the world right before he healed a blind man.

In the Scriptures, a blind man approached Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples questioned why the man was blind. They wondered if he was blind because he was being punished for his sins or the sins of his parents.

However, Jesus taught them that the man was not blind due to sin. He was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

Just before Jesus reached down to mix mud and his saliva to form a paste that would heal the man’s eyes, he reminded them that he was the light of the world. In other words, the man was blind for God’s purpose since God was using his blindness to shed light.

Recently, I honored two faculty members who sacrificed their own lives to// protect their students during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We have to remember that even during tragic times, God can use the dark situation to shine His light and move people into action.

Let us keep these few words at the forefront of our minds today as we remember despite how dire things are: “I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (ESV)

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So today, live with confidence that Jesus is still the light of the world.

B Moments, wins

Appreciate the Power of the Process

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

Today, I am appreciating the power of the process.

Recently I talked about setting goals and getting to the finish line, but today I am focused on the process. This is very important to me because sometimes I become so focused on that amazing outcome at the finish line that I tend to focus less on the process and being excellent each step of the way.

I can recall being in a meeting once where a colleague referenced the coach John Wooden. Mr. Wooden, if you’re not familiar, is one of basketball’s preeminent coaches due to his record number of wins and his philosophy of focusing on the process.

Instead of simply striving for wins, Mr. Wooden tends to focus on his team and the standards his team needs to meet to achieve the wins. When I first heard this, I had to ponder the concept for a while as I couldn’t understand how one could achieve all those wins without focusing on the win itself.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Daniel’s life. Daniel is mostly known for coming out of the lion’s den unharmed. Yet that type of faith and courage didn’t just appear in Daniel overnight. It grew in him from his daily act of worshiping. He nurtured his strength day in and day out through his process.

When we can trust the process each day, God will handle the rest. As you think about your own process, recall these words: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

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So today, trust your own process.

B Moments, inadequate

Feel God’s Great Power Within You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about that great “I am” power that is in each of us.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded of my own power when I am feeling inadequate. There are times when we may feel inadequate about the smallest things, and there will be other times when we are called to do something monumental and we feel we don’t have the necessary skills.

When I think about those feelings of inadequacy in terms of the Scriptures, I think about Moses—especially the time when God instructed him to confront Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Initially, Moses rejected the entire assignment because he believed that he was an inadequate speaker and that his words were too clumsy. In other words, he told God that he wasn’t the man for the job.

However, God responded to Moses by saying that He makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear. He went on to say that He can essentially take a burning bush, a staff, a stuttering mouth, or whatever is necessary to achieve His plan.

This is what we need to remember: for everything we are not, God is. Therefore, the words that we should embrace and carry with us when we are feeling inadequate are these: “His mighty power [is] at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

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So today, let us release any butterfly feelings of anxiety or inadequacy, and let us feel that great “I am” power within.

B Moments, blind

Jesus Is the Light of the World

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

Scripture reference: John 9:5 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how Jesus is the light.

This week, I’ve been focusing on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. I shared that I read in the gospel of John about how he shows us he’s the king and the resurrection. I also talked about him being the shepherd. But today, I’m focusing on him being the light of the world.

Jesus told his disciples that he was the light just before he healed a blind man.

In the Scriptures, a blind man approached Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples questioned why the man was blind. They wondered if he was blind because he was being punished for his sins or the sins of his parents.

However, Jesus instructed them that the man was not blind due to sin. He was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

Just before Jesus reached down to mix mud and his saliva to form a paste to heal the man’s eyes, he reminded them that he was the light of the world. In other words, the man was blind for God’s purpose since God was using his blindness to shed light.

That story got me thinking about my own life, and I had to ask myself what situation I was grappling with where I needed to remind myself that God uses our dark times to shine His light. When that happens, we are able to give God the glory for our story.

The very few words I want us to cling to today are: “I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (ESV)

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So today, remember who the light is.

B Moments, showcase

You Are a Showcase for 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: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we are a showcase for God’s power.

Recently, I’ve been talking about the myriad ways God is constantly working in our lives. Specifically, I talked about the times He doesn’t deliver in our timeframe because He’s blessing us in even greater ways.

There are also times God blesses us—but under the most extraordinary circumstances so that we might be a showcase for His power.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Nehemiah’s story. He decided to rebuild two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls.

However, he experienced opposition on every level. He experienced opposition and infighting among his own team, and he experienced construction delays and zoning issues. There were even people in the government who stonewalled him because they disagreed with him politically and didn’t want to see him achieve his goals.

Yet with all of that opposition, he was still able to achieve his goal; he rebuilt those two miles of walls in only 52 days.

Therefore, when we are experiencing opposition, we should embrace it, knowing that God is simply using us as a showcase for His greater designs. When others around you see what God is doing, they will understand you didn’t make it to where you are without God’s help, and they will be inspired to turn to Him.

Let us be encouraged and cling to these words: “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, embrace that opposition knowing that God is using you to showcase His power.