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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)

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So today, watch your thoughts and words.

B Moments, dance

Your Two-Step Dance: Trust and Act

B Moments, 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)

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

In this series, 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 with: “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 your dancing shoes on to trust and act.

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, first

How Should You Respond to 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 how we respond to God’s comfort.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the ways God can comfort us. We also said that there is no greater comfort than the gift of eternal life.

We even talked about how God gives us instruction as to how we might obtain eternal life in Jesus’ sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5:5, one of the ways is revealed to be that God blesses those who are gentle and lowly for the whole earth will belong to them.

As I think about that passage, I think about one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she prepared his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted in a lowly way in the sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with that expensive perfume were secondary to her concern for Jesus.

Let us think about the ways we put God first in our lives so that we might please Him. As you think about that, 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, let’s exceed God’s expectations on how we put Him first.

B Moments, snap judgments

Avoid Making Snap Judgments

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about snap judgments.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was being prepared for Calvary. While the leading priests were planning how to capture Jesus, Jesus was in the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy.

During supper that evening, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head. The Scriptures say the disciples were indignant when they saw this. They quickly assessed that it was a waste of money because she could have sold the perfume for a fortune and given the money to the poor.

However, Jesus surprised them. He asked them why they would berate her for doing such a good thing for him. She had poured the perfume on him to prepare his body for burial.

In other words, the disciples were guilty of making a snap judgment about this woman. They hadn’t known that the woman was exactly where she was supposed to be and doing exactly what she was supposed to do. She was meant to be at that supper to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. Therefore, she was there for God’s purpose.

What situation in your life are you making a snap judgment about? Remember that it is there to prepare you, to strengthen you, and to give you constancy. It is there for God’s purpose.

Release your snap judgments and cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, give up those snap judgments.

B Moment, work

God Is at Work in 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: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is always at work in our lives. Despite what sometimes goes on around us, or even within us, we should cling to this thought.

This point was reinforced with me as I read about the story of Samson. Samson was chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines. One day, Samson came home to his parents and said that he wanted to marry a Philistine woman, which his parents really objected to.

To put this in perspective, Samson’s mother could not conceive, but the angel of the Lord appeared before her and she ultimately gave birth to Samson. Therefore, Samson was their only child, and to see him marry a woman who was a pagan in their eyes was earth-shattering.

However, what they didn’t realize was that God was at work in Samson’s life the entire time. He even caused Samson to fall in love with the Philistine woman.

Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand up close, so we forget that His hands are always at work. Therefore, when we are confronted with a situation in our own lives that seems out of order, we have to gently remind ourselves that even though something seems out of order, God is not; He is still at work.

The words I use to remind myself of this are: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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So today, despite the circumstances, know that God is at work in your life.

B Moments, spirit

In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

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

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

B Moments, unknown

Don’t Let the Unknown Hold You Back

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about not letting the unknown hold us back.

I recently heard a modern day Good Samaritan story. If you didn’t hear the story, a young woman ran out of gas and was approached by a homeless veteran. He told her to get back into her car and lock the doors. Moments later, he reappeared with a gas can to put gas in her car.

This homeless man used his only 20 dollars to purchase her gas, and he didn’t ask for anything in exchange. He chose to step into the unknown rather than let the unknown hold him back.

This woman was so moved by his compassion toward her that she wanted to reciprocate. She started raising money for him online with the goal of providing him with living expenses for at least the next six months as well as a reliable car. To date, she has raised more than 300,000 dollars for this homeless man.

From this story, we know that a homeless man stepped into the unknown by giving away his only 20 dollars. We also see that God not only showed up, but showed out for this man.

This story reminds me of what Jesus told us about the birds: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

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So today, put your hand into God’s and step into the unknown.

B Moments, among

Jesus Is Right Here Among Us

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus is right here among us.

I was recently reminded of how one of the synagogue leaders approached Jesus in a crowd, desperately asking him to go quickly to his home because his little girl was dying.

Although Jesus would heal the little girl, he was delayed getting to the man’s home because a young woman who had been bleeding for twelve years fought her way through a massive crowd so that she could touch Jesus’ robe. Her belief was that if she just touched his robe, she could be healed.

The woman was right! All she did was touch Jesus’ garment, and she was healed. However, Jesus felt the healing power leave him.

When I read this passage, I found myself wishing we lived in the days when Jesus was walking down our streets, and everyone had the chance to touch him—or even just touch his garment.

Yet thinking about this more deeply, I concluded that in a sense, he is among us every day. He is the homeless man sleeping under an expressway, trying to keep warm. He’s that young battered woman who just found the courage to leave but needs a few words of encouragement.

Let us see Jesus in the eyes of the needy today, and remember these words. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to see Jesus in the face of another, and touch him by touching them.