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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Broken Hearted?

Jennifer Cole

 "…He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted..." Isaiah 61:1, AMPC

Feeling broken hearted?

We can find comfort in knowing Jesus is anointed to "bind up" and heal the broken hearted. Literally, that means to "wrap firmly." If you are hurting today, think of Jesus wrapping up your heart in these ways…

In the same way that bones are bound in a splint or cast so they are immobilized, protected from further damage and allowed to heal—the Lord binds up our broken hearts.  And, in the same way that a cut or wound is wrapped or stitched so that the cells may be knit together again—the Lord firmly wraps our wounded hearts.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]." Psalm 147:3, AMPC

There are some places in our hearts that only the Lord can reach. Be encouraged today to know that if we will give our hearts to the Lord, over time He will heal and bind up our broken hearts.

Say This: "Father, my heart feels broken. I need You to do what only You can do. I ask You to heal, bind up and firmly wrap my heart so it can be healed. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Next Generation of Leaders

Jennifer Cole

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just...” Genesis 18:19, NIV

Today's Devo is a shout-out for all Pastors’ kids. God bless you!

I love PKs, probably because we have four of them. But, there's more to it than that. I believe Pastors' kids are hand-selected for their assignment by God and play a special role in building the Church!

Think about it. From birth PKs have a front row seat in the ups and downs, vision and realities, ins and outs, joys and sorrows, and the favor and persecution that goes with the ministry of preaching the gospel and pastoring a church in a given community. On the challenging side: they've navigated a life of pressure where they are expected to be perfect, sinless and fully versed in every topic in the Bible. On the positive side: they've been prayed for by dozens of church people daily throughout their lives. They are blessed to have a lot of faith-filled people rooting for them and desiring their success.

I believe that PKs are some of the most giving, balanced, potential-laden people in the church. They have a heart for God's House. By the time they hit their twenties, they've already made decades worth of sacrifices for the House, including being at every service and event, and sharing their parents with the broader church family.  It's no wonder the enemy goes after PKs - he wants to trip up Pastors’ kids to put an end to any potential gospel legacy. 

So today, let’s add our prayer support for the PKs we know - by doing so, you’re investing in leaders for the next generations!

Say This: "Father, I pray for the PKs I know: __________________ (list them by name). I pray You give them the wisdom, strength and favor they need to find and fulfill Your plan for their lives. May they make a huge positive impact for next generations in building your Church! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
 

Noise

Jennifer Cole

“...Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.” Psalm 4:4, NKJV
 
If I asked you today to describe your life, would you say it’s “busy?”  Do you find yourself in a perpetual state of having a schedule filled with activity, and a life filled with too much “noise?”  For sure we know that God wants our lives to be fruitful and for us to enjoy a full life.  However, each of us has to watch out for the danger zone - when we have too much going on, mixed with too much noise - leaving no room for God.

There are so many voices in our lives every day - from TV and radio, from social media, from coworkers and family members, and more.  But, the most important voice to hear is God’s!  That is why it’s so important that we find moments where we can pull away from all the noise and hear from God. 

So, will you join me in this: Between now and Monday, carve out a little time just to be still and quiet – I mean really quiet – cut out all background noise and just get with God, and listen. This is a great opportunity to seek the Lord without an agenda of your own! Grab your Bible and read it, pray a little, worship a little, but most of all stay still and see what God says to your heart.  It will be time well spent!

Say This:  “Father, I need to hear from You - help me to pull away from all the noise and take moments to disconnect from the busyness of my life, and focus just on You. Jesus, You said that if we seek You, we’ll find You, so today I will make time to be still and seek You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Trailblazers

Jennifer Cole

“Do you see what this means — all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it...start running — and never quit!” Hebrews 12:1, MSG
 
Who blazed a trail for you? Whose spiritual shoulders are you standing on? Sometimes, we forget that the reason we are able to enjoy a strong walk with God or a place of spiritual maturity is because of the faithful spiritual pioneers and veterans who went before us.
 
So, who led you to the Lord? Who’s taught you the Word? Who’s mentored you? When I think about my own life, there are so many important people who have helped me spiritually. I have stood on the shoulders of numerous people in various seasons! 

Over the years, I have done my best to give honor and appreciation to those who have invested into my life and walk with God. I believe that one of the best things we can do to honor those who have blazed a spiritual trail for us is to simply live a life that pleases God – with our whole heart! That means being an on-fire follower of Jesus, running your race with endurance, making an eternal difference and never quitting! 

Today, why not pray for and thank the people who gave you big spiritual shoulders to stand on!
 
Say This: “Father, I thank You for ___________ (mention their name[s]) who led me to the Lord, taught me the Word and impacted my life in an eternal and spiritual way. I appreciate their faithfulness to You and how You have used them in my life. I pray that You bless them in significant ways. Lord, help me to live my life in a way that pleases You and honors their faithfulness. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” 
 

The "In" Crowd

Jennifer Cole

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV

There is one little word that can change your world, if you let it. The word is "in" and this word has a lot to do with your life!  Just like if you were "in" a sleeping bag for the rest of your life, it would change everything for you. Just like if you were "in" your car for the rest of your life, it would change everything about how you lived. We are "in" Christ and this reality changes everything for us! 
 
Renew your mind to the truths listed below. Live like they're true. Pray like they're true. Approach the Lord like they’re true. Talk like they're true. Accept the reality! We are “in" Christ, so these things are true about you: 
 
Jesus made you a new person! 
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV
 
Jesus is not condemning you! 
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1, NKJV
 
Jesus sees you as just as righteous as He is! 
"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV

Jesus has forgiven your sins!
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace…" Ephesians 1:7, NIV

Jesus has made you complete!
"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him…" Colossians 2:9-10, NKJV
 
Jesus wants you to come to Him with freedom and confidence!
"In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." Ephesians 3:12, NIV
 
Let's agree with God and who He's made us "in" Christ – instead of living by our failures, feelings, circumstances or experiences. Let's declare that we are "in!"

Say This: "Father, thank You that I am 'in' Christ. You see me 24/7 'in Him.' I declare by faith that I see myself the way You do. I am 'in' Christ! In Christ, I am a new person…the old is gone and the new me is here! In Christ, there is no condemnation. In Christ, I am righteous. In Christ, I am accepted. In Christ, I am holy. In Christ, I am complete. In Christ, I am marked for You. In Christ, I approach You with complete freedom and confidence! My ability to be 'in' Christ has nothing to do with my goodness – it has everything to do with Jesus and His mercy and grace. I receive it. In Jesus' Name. Amen."