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B Moments, shift

Anything Is Possible: Just Shift Your Thoughts and Words

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about what’s possible when we shift our thoughts and words.

We’ve talked before about the importance of rejecting negative beliefs. One example we used was the story of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha came to know. This woman mastered how to disallow negativity to the extent that she would not even speak of it when she witnessed it with her own eyes.

One day, the woman’s son was working outdoors when he became ill. A servant brought him to the woman, and she held him on her lap. However, around noontime, the Scriptures say he died.

Without hesitation, the woman promptly laid her son’s body on the bed and immediately called for a donkey so that she could travel to see Elisha. Her husband questioned her about going at that particular time, yet she simply replied that all would be well.

As she was traveling on the donkey to Elisha, he saw her in the distance and sent his servant to meet her. When the servant greeted her, he specifically asked her, “Is everything well with you? With your husband? With your son?” Her reply to all of it was, “It is well.” The woman had gained a keen understanding of the power of her words.

Now I ask you, is there a situation in your life that you’ve written off or claimed as dead, but you now see the opportunity to shift your thoughts and words about it? If you’re like me, these words will help you: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

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So today, watch your thoughts and words.

B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, using

Are You Using What God Gave You?

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:24 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you using what God gave you?

Recently we talked about how Jesus crisscrossed the land to teach the lost, heal the sick, and cast out evil spirits. Yet Jesus knew his days were numbered, so he gave the same authority to his disciples so that they could also teach about the Kingdom of God, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

One day, a man approached Jesus and asked if he would heal his only son. His young boy suffered from an affliction with seizures where he would be violently thrown to the ground, foaming at the mouth. The father said that this evil spirit would hardly ever leave his son alone.

The man also confessed to Jesus that he had begged his disciples to heal him, but they couldn’t do it. That’s interesting because Jesus had just given them the authority to do this.

Jesus turned to his disciples and admonished them. He said, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you before you believe?”

Now I ask you, do you ever get stuck using what God gave you? You know He gave you the gift, the talent, and the authority, but because your faith is waning, you don’t embrace it or engage it.

Later that evening, the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t heal the young boy. Jesus answered that it was because of their faith. He also said that the first step to strengthening your faith is through intimate prayer.

So, take that first step toward using what God gave you through intimate prayer, and hold onto these words: “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)

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So today, use what He gave you.

B Moments, settle

Don’t Settle for Less Than God’s Blessings

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us not to settle.

Recently, we’ve been studying the miracles of the prophet Elisha. We talked about how God worked through Elisha to bless the poor widow and to give the rich Shunammite woman a son.

One day, Elisha approached the woman and said, “About this time next year, you’ll give birth to a son.” True to his word, the following year she gave birth to a son.

However, years later her son became ill while he was working in the field with his father. He complained of a severe headache, and shortly thereafter the boy was pronounced dead.

Yet the boy’s mother would not accept his death. She saddled up her donkey and quickly traveled to Elisha so that her child’s life could be restored.

When Elisha first learned about the child’s state, he gave his servant specific instructions on how to heal the boy. Although the servant traveled to the boy and did what he could, the child still didn’t wake.

Then, the woman turned to Elisha and said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you…” 2 Kings 2:2 (ESV). Elisha knew that this mother meant business. He quickly arose and traveled to the woman’s son to save him.

Not only did this mother not give up on her child’s life being restored, she also didn’t settle. She knew that God was working through Elisha, not his servant.

The same can be true for you. Do not settle for anything less than God’s blessings. As you remember that, cling to 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…” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, don’t settle.

B Moments, timing

Be Comforted in God’s Impeccable Timing

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 God’s impeccable timing.

We’re continuing our series about God’s gifts, and one of His most precious gifts is His impeccable timing. I recall when I first learned that there were four hundred years between the last words uttered in the Old Testament and the first words spoken in the New Testament. In those four hundred years, one might think that time was just randomly passing away.

However, Paul teaches us in Galatians 4 that when the right time came, God sent His son. It is similar to how a pregnant woman delivers her child at that precise moment her child is due to enter the world. In the same way, God chose that precise time when the world was prepared to receive His son. God couldn’t just send His son at any time because He was thinking ahead.

For example, by the time Jesus was born, there was a common language in place. Everyone spoke Greek, so the good news could be spread. If God wanted the good news spread throughout, a network of roads was needed as well. Therefore, by the time that Christ came, there was a network of roads in place.

Today, if you find yourself fretting about God’s timing, be comforted that God is always at work, thinking ahead, even when it appears time is just passing by. His timing is impeccable: as one door closes, a new door opens at just the right time; the house sells at just the right time; the funds hit the bank account at just the right time.

All you have to do is practice these words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, don’t fret—be still and know that He is God.

B Moments, search

There Is No Need to Search for Your Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 20:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings will find you; you don’t have to search for them.

We’ve been studying the story of Naomi and Ruth. As we know, Naomi lost her husband and her two sons, and feeling abandoned by God, she decided to return to her hometown. She told her two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, that she was planning to return home. Initially they both insisted on going back with her, but in the end, only Ruth accompanied her.

Even though Ruth was leaving her home, friends, and family behind, she decided to trust the pull on her heart and take the path that God was leading her toward. Little did Ruth know that God would have Boaz waiting for her.

One day, Ruth was working in the fields, and Boaz offered her food and water. She was a foreigner in his land, and she didn’t understand his kindness toward her.

When she asked him why he was being so kind to her, he told her that he didn’t know her, but he knew about the love and kindness she had shown her mother-in-law, Naomi. In other words, Boaz sought her out; she didn’t seek him out.

In the end, Ruth went on to marry Boaz, and God blessed them with a son. Ruth would even become the great-grandmother to King David, which would put her in the lineage of Christ. Look at the goodness God had awaiting Ruth—goodness she didn’t have to go in search of, but goodness that found her.

As you think about that, remember these words: “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” Psalm 20:4 (ESV)

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So today, know that there is no need to chase your blessings.

B Moments, full circle

Press On Until You Come Full Circle

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

Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the power of coming full circle.

Recently, we discussed what is possible when we choose to shift our thoughts and words. Specifically, we talked about the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know.

Recall that when Elisha prophesied the woman would have a son the following year, she begged him not to lie to her. In other words, she asked him not to get her hopes up. As she talked to him, she trembled with fear.

Now, fast forward several years. This woman no longer trembled with fear. She had become a faithful matriarch and the rock of her home. When her only son died in her arms, she rose to the occasion as her faith told her not to claim his death.

As you read the passage, you even sense that her tone and posture had changed. This woman had come full circle. She had mastered how to move from a place of fear to one of faith.

Now I ask you: with what situation in your life do you need to come full circle? Where do you need to rise up to the occasion and let your faith replace your fears?

As you think about that, remember these words: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

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So today, press on until you come full circle.

B Moments, shift

Consciously Shift Your Thoughts and Words

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about what’s possible when we shift our thoughts and words.

Recently, we talked about the importance of disallowing or rejecting negative beliefs. Specifically, we discussed the story of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know. Later on, this woman would master how to disallow negativity to the extent that she would not even speak of it when she witnessed it with her own eyes.

One day, the woman’s son was working outdoors when he became ill. A servant brought him to the woman, and she held him on her lap. However, around noontime, the Scriptures say he died.

Without hesitation, the woman promptly laid her son’s body on the bed and immediately called for a donkey so that she could travel to see Elisha. Her husband questioned her about going at that particular time. She simply replied that all would be well.

As she was traveling on the donkey to Elisha, he saw her in the distance and sent his servant to meet her. When the servant greeted her, he specifically asked her, “Is everything well with you? With your husband? With your son?”

Her reply to all of it was, “It is well.” The woman seemed to have gained a keen understanding of the power of her words.

Now I ask you, is there a situation in your life that you’ve written off or claimed as dead, but you now see the opportunity to shift your thoughts and words about it? As you think about that, remember these words: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, watch your thoughts and words.

B Moments, disallow

God Wants You to Disallow Certain Beliefs

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God wants you to disallow certain beliefs.

Just as important as it is for you to accept or to allow certain beliefs to become ingrained into your conscious thinking, it is equally important for you to disallow or to reject other beliefs. This was the case of the wealthy woman the prophet Elisha would come to know.

One day, Elisha visited the town of Shunem and met a wealthy woman who was married but had no children. She told her husband that she felt that Elisha was a holy man of God, so she wanted to make a special room for him in their home. That way, he would have a place to stay when he came to town.

Elisha, in turn, wanted to do something special for the woman. He noticed that she had no son and her husband was an old man. So, he sent for her and told her that about this time next year, she would be holding her son in her arms.

The woman was distressed and asked Elisha not to lie to her. The idea of not being able to have children was so deeply ingrained in this woman’s belief system, she was not open to the idea of what God had in store for her. Yet, as Elisha predicted, the woman gave birth to her son the following year.

What belief do you need to disallow so that you can open your mind and heart to what God has in store for you? As you think about that, remember these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, disallow certain beliefs.

B Moments, interim

Be Patient in the Interim

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

Scripture reference: James 5:7 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question: when will it be your time?

Sometimes, when we’re waiting for a situation to shift, we may wonder how we should behave in the interim. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and all he had to endure between the time when he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king.

There are times we might hit a certain milestone and believe we’ve turned a new corner that represents a new season in our lives, only to be confronted with more of the same. It is very likely that David felt this same way after he graduated from his shepherd’s field to defeating Goliath.

Soon after that victory, David had to deal with a jealous Saul who kept him on the run, in fear of his life, for years. Once Saul was killed, David must have believed that it was his time. Yet he then had to deal with Saul’s sons, who felt they were entitled to the throne. So, David entered into a bloody battle with them for another seven years.

In the end, we know that finally, at God’s appointed time, David did take the throne. Yet what’s interesting is that David shows us how to act in the interim, until the scales of justice shift. He shows us that we need to be patient and seek God’s will at every turn.

If you feel like you’re in an unjust situation that you can’t wait to be over, release that situation into God’s hands and remember these few words: “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.” James 5:7 (ESV)

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So today, be patient in the interim and know that your time is coming.