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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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WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Jennifer Cole

Each of our gifts, talents, quirks, interests and our unique wiring are all on purpose! Sometimes when things come so naturally to us, we can overlook it as nothing special...or mistakenly think everyone can do what we do. Or, we might find ourselves inventorying our gifts and talents only to start thinking that we don’t have “enough” of anything to make a big difference in this life. Well friends, let me encourage you today! Let’s see what God can do with what we feel are only “small” amounts of talents...check out 2 Kings 4:

“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.’

So Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ And she said, ‘Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.’ Then he said, ‘Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.’

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not another vessel.’ So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.’” (2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV)

Can you put yourself in her shoes? She had lost her husband, she was swimming in debt and then the creditors were planning to take her sons away to pay that debt. Yikes! And she felt like she had nothing...certainly nothing big enough to help her dig out of that mess. She couldn’t see how her one small jar of oil would make any difference.

>>But God had her back! As she followed His guidance through the prophet Elisha, He supernaturally multiplied what she HAD to give her what she NEEDED.

And did you catch this...what she received wasn’t just enough to pay the debt...God provided her with abundance, so that she and her sons had plenty to live on too! The Lord (through Elisha, in this case) showed her what steps to take, and she followed the instructions...and wow did it turn out well for her and her sons! She ended up with many vessels filled to the brim with oil, which she then put in the effort and time to sell for the income she needed.

What gift, talent, asset, ability in your life have you overlooked as insignificant, that God may want to touch in a mighty way? What is something you DO have that the Lord would bless to help provide you with what you DON’T have? I encourage you today to seek the Lord and ask Him to multiply what you do have so that you have all that you need...and more!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the gifts, talents, assets and blessings You’ve given to me. Lord, I seek Your direction on how I can use those things in such a way that You’d supernaturally multiply them so that I have all that I need, with abundance. Thank You for your favor, miracle-working power and blessings in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

DIGGING IN THE DIRT

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever wondered why a certain area in your life just seems to be barely getting by, not bearing any fruit, or not giving as much out as you’re putting in? Why does it sometimes feel like an area of life, a relationship, a task or goal just fizzles out...despite your best efforts? And, what should you do about it?

Great insights into this can be found in the parable of the barren fig tree. Read it with me in Luke 13:6-9 NKJV: “He also spoke this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it [a]use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”

This parable is rich with advice for us! First, it acknowledges that indeed we’ll all have those areas or situations in life where it just seems like all the effort we’re pouring into it just isn’t making a difference. But, in this parable, he doesn’t just chop down the tree after those three years of not bearing fruit...he asks for one more year.

>>The key here is that it wasn’t a year of waiting, hoping and wishing that it would produce more. Nope! It was to be a very intentional year of fertilizing it to see if it’d grow!

He decided to give the tree one more year to become fruitful, and in that year, he was committing to dig around the roots and apply fertilizer. He wanted to see if there was anything he could do, with focus and intentionality, to help give that tree every chance in the world to bear the fruit it was meant to bear.

So what is it in your life? Seek the Lord on what the “tree” might be for you...what are you ready to walk away from, cut down, give up on...but the Lord wants you to give it another year and apply some fertilizer?

Once you’ve identified the “tree” in your life, seek Him for guidance on what the right fertilizer mix is. What does that situation or area of your life need? For sure every area of your life will benefit from more of God’s Word, so double up on that potent fertilizer for your roots! But there may be some other tips and advice the Lord will guide you in to fertilize the specific tree in your life.

Then, give it a bit more time...maybe it is a year, as we saw in the parable...and see what the Lord does in that time as you apply the Word and other fertilizers to the roots of your situation. You may just find that you’re glad you didn’t chop down that tree!

I’m cheering you on, friends, as you seek the Lord on this and follow His leading...may God bless you with loads of new and fresh fruit!

Say This: “Father, help me to see what ‘tree’ in my life I’ve been ready to chop down but You’d like to instead give it some focus, prayer and Word ‘fertilizer’ and let You do more work in that area. Guide me in each step that I take and how I can best nurture that ‘tree.’ I trust You throughout the journey. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

CLEAN SLATE

Jennifer Cole

"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven." Philippians 3:12-14, NLT

OK, a new year is just around the corner and it's time to let go of everything in 2018...to lay aside any weights that would slow you down in this fresh new year and instead choose to run forward with all the blessings and favor the Lord has in store for you!

It’s time for you to have a breakout year!

Friends, let’s begin our breakout year with a clean slate! Let’s live in the reality of God’s love and grace...let’s:

Let go of --
Failures
Habits
Disappointments
Sadness
Grief
Mistakes
Anger
Fear
Weakness
Intimidation

Grab on to --
Wisdom
Favor
Victory
Success
Joy
Peace
Love
Fruit
Increase
Strength
Confidence

Ta-da! It’s that simple to start fresh! You now have a clean slate for 2019…your breakout year is about to be written. Isn’t that exciting and encouraging?

God bless you as you press on to the high calling of God in 2019!

Say This: "Father, I know I haven't arrived, but I choose to forget -- lay aside -- the things that are behind me and I press on to the high calling of God in Christ and all the things that are ahead. I declare that 2019 will be a year marked by Your goodness, anointing, favor, protection, provision, wisdom and a revelation of Your love and Father-heart toward me…so that I can be and do all that You have called me to be and do. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

GOD. WITH. US.

Jennifer Cole

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23, NLT

On this Christmas Eve, let’s remember one simple truth. When Jesus was born as a baby in that manger -- for the first time, God was with us! Literally.

When my sisters and I were young girls and Christmas was approaching, we would lay on our beds and talk about how cool and amazing it was that God became a human being and walked on the planet He made. Just the idea that God Almighty would choose to become a baby who grew up and walked on the planet that He created would just boggle our minds! It’s a thought beyond human understanding.

Have you thought about it lately? God was here -- on Planet Earth! Jesus was God in the flesh. While He was fully the Creator of the universe, He humbled Himself and became a man so that He could save us! God walked among us. He was here with us.

>>The sad thing is that many people in that day completely missed His visit!

Let’s not make that same mistake.

>>Let’s not miss His visitation in our own lives today, this holiday season and as we head into 2019.

Today, Jesus is alive and very much with us, now! Jesus is our Immanuel. Let’s keep this in our hearts and minds in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, last-minute shopping and Christmas Eve celebrations with family.

Take some time today to acknowledge, thank and talk to Jesus -- your Immanuel -- God with you! He loves you, He’s for you, and He’s WITH you!

Merry Christmas!

Say This: "Father, thank You for stepping out of heaven to visit us. Thank You that out of Your great love for us, you chose to put on a human body and visit the planet You created, on the greatest rescue mission of all time. I praise You for being Immanuel -- You are the God who is still with us and with ME every single day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

HOPE, JOY & MOCHAS

Jennifer Cole

As someone who lives in Michigan, I am acutely aware that later this week it “officially” becomes winter. I love my state and my city, but there are certain things about this particular season that are not my favorite y’all...like snow, ice, cold temps...okay, that’s pretty much the next 3 months here! Now, I do like to ski and do other fun winter activities to help me enjoy some aspects of this season. But truth be told, what really gets me through this season is what’s on the other side.

You see, spring and summer in Michigan are absolutely, hands-down incredible! And, everyone becomes super outdoorsy...hiking, biking, boating, you name it...and it’s probably because we are extra grateful that it’s so nice out!

Not only is winter season upon us, but also the holiday season. For some people, the holidays come with the same sort of dread or “survival mode” mentality that winter can bring for many of us. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and the holidays have that twinge of pain now. Maybe you thought you’d be married by now, with 3 kids and a dog, and each holiday you feel sad as that vision of a family gathered around a dining room table is still just a dream. Or, any other host of reasons that people can feel “blue” in the holiday season.

But, I want to encourage you today with the two things that help me get through winter because they can also help you successfully navigate this holiday season -- first, find things you enjoy and do them! And secondly, stir up the hope of the joy that’s on the other side of this season.

So, first -- what are some things you enjoy at the holidays? Do you love Christmas music? Play it shamelessly, anytime, anywhere -- and sing along! Do you love the community spirit that seems to shine so vibrantly around the holidays? Help out at a soup kitchen, provide a holiday dinner to a family in need, or ring a bell for the Salvation Army. There are so many ways to get involved and it’s so uplifting to help others.

And, it doesn’t always have to be big things...what are the little things you enjoy around the holidays? If it’s the peppermint mocha that pops up this time of year, indulge in one! Wrap up with a mocha, a fuzzy blanket and a new book to read. When you focus on the pieces you DO enjoy -- whether they’re big or small -- it will help you navigate this season successfully to the other side.

And secondly, let’s remember how absolutely vital HOPE is! Remind yourself of the great Bible promises that God gives us about hope, such as: “...Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). I also like how the Message translation shares that same verse: “...The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.”

You see, in life we will all go through seasons...both the natural ones we endure due to where we live, but also the seasons of life. The Lord knows we’ll go through seasons. We read in His Word: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NKJV).

>>The key to navigating through a season that’s difficult is to remember that it’s just that...a season. Temporary. Not forever. And, with the Lord we know the best is yet to come!

You can do this...with the Lord’s help you can find things you enjoy about any season you’re in, and He’ll also help you hold tightly to the hope of the joy He has in store for you after you’ve endured. Friends, I’m praying for all of you who may be struggling in this season. Remember that God is on your side and He has joy prepared for you -- keep your heart and life centered on Him, and then truly the best is yet to come!

Say This: “Father, thank You for always being with me and for me, no matter what season I’m in. Thank You that when I’m in a difficult season, You help me find enjoyable things that can help me endure that season. And, You fill me with incredible hope for the bright future and blessings ahead, which helps me stay strong through this tough season. Thank You that You’re always by my side and for Your great love for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”