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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, line

Are You Willing to Put Everything on the Line?

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

Scripture reference: James 4:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you willing to put it all on the line?

Recently we talked about having a high grit factor, and we defined grit as the ability to persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals despite a series of setbacks. As an example of someone with a high grit factor, we talked about the woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years because she knew how to persevere.

The morning the woman learned that Jesus was coming to town, she got up, prepared herself, and pressed her way through a very large crowd. She thought that she could be healed if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment—and she was, in fact, healed.

Yet there was another person mentioned in the same passage who demonstrated a high grit factor as well, but in a different way. This man’s name was Jairus. He approached Christ to come and heal his daughter.

Jairus was a significant person in society because he was the leader of the synagogue. Yet when he approached Jesus, he fell to Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come and heal his daughter before the large crowd.

Jairus knew how to put it all on the line. He dismissed his pride and his title and what others might think of him. He was humble. He surrendered before God to get what he needed.

What do you need to put on the line? As you think about that, remember these words: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 (ESV)

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So today, put it all on the line.

B Moments, grit

What Is Your Grit Factor?

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 asking, what is your grit factor?

Grit is defined as the ability to persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals despite a series of setbacks. Said another way, gritty people believe that everything will be alright in the end, and if it isn’t alright, it isn’t the end. I just love that.

When I turn to the Scriptures and think about who had a high grit factor, the woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years immediately comes to mind. She spent all of her money and her savings on doctors in the hopes they could heal her, but they were unsuccessful.

The woman was also viewed as ceremonially unclean because she had been bleeding for twelve consecutive years. She was cut off from many social activities and even from religious ceremonies.

Yet I think about the morning that this woman knew Jesus was coming to town. She thought that if she could only touch the fringe of his garment, she would be healed. Think about the morning: she got up, lost blood, and was very weak, yet she pressed her way through the crowd and got to the fringe of Jesus’ garment.

That woman had a high grit factor. Now I’m asking you about yours. What do you need to press toward God for? As you think about that, remember 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, have a high grit factor.

B Moments, use

God Will Use You Exactly Where You Are

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God can use you exactly where you are.

Recently, we talked about how God is a god of second chances and about how He is more patient with us than we often are with ourselves. We used the passage about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman as an example.

In this passage, Jesus asked the woman to go and get her husband. Yet he already knew that the woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband.

This woman was so moved by the fact that Jesus knew about her past that she ran back to her town and told everyone to come and see the man who knew everything she had ever done. As a result, this woman, a Samaritan woman who had been married five times previously and who was currently living in sin, brought an entire town to Christ.

God used this woman exactly where she was on her walk. Even though she was flawed or perhaps in need of a do-over, this woman saved, through the grace of Christ, an entire town. In this way, it is clear that sometimes we can be so quick to see ourselves or others as unworthy that we forget that God can still use us to impact the lives of others.

Let us do away with seeing ourselves as flawed and instead see ourselves as being used by God. As you do so, remember these words: “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, expect God to use you.

B Moments, do-over

God Will Give You a Lot of Do-Overs

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will give you a whole lot of do-overs.

I recently heard this comment and thought immediately that the person who said this was spot on. We’ve been talking recently about how we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss someone if they have ill intentions—maybe God is using us to reach them.

However, I can’t begin to count the number of times it has taken me to do better in this area. We may think that we’ve learned our lesson about something, but God knows that it may take us another five times to endure that lesson before we master it. So, it is important to understand that God is patient; He is a god of second chances.

This reminds me of the beautiful exchange Jesus had with the Samaritan woman. As they were talking, Jesus asked her out of the blue to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband. Jesus responded by saying that he knew the truth was that she had had five husbands in the past and that she wasn’t even married to the man she was currently living with.

This passage reaffirms for us that Jesus was still embracing this woman despite her mistakes. He was teaching her with love even though she appeared to be making the same mistake over and over again.

Sometimes we may think that we’ve had so many chances to get something right that we’re not even worthy of another do-over. As a result, we judge ourselves and hold on to guilt. So today, let’s lose all that excess baggage and hold onto these words instead: “…I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your do-over.

B Moments, service

You Will Be Used in God’s Service

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.

I am wrapping up the series here about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When we look at this situation, it is important to put things in the proper context. The period in which the beautiful exchange occurs was fraught with severe racial tensions, so the Samaritans and Jews didn’t socialize with each other.

Yet Jesus engages this woman in a beautiful exchange and as they’re talking, out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband.

Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she had had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.

In that moment, I had to reflect and realize that our prior acts don’t disqualify us from being in a relationship with God and being able to be used in His service. Many times, we hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.

Those are actually the actions that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.

Let us close our eyes and see our excess baggage floating away. As we do this, let us remember these words: “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that your past acts do not disqualify you from being in relationship with God and being used in His service.

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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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.