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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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have I been forgotten?

Jennifer Cole

What is it about certain seasons in life that can just make you feel a bit...lost? Ever felt like you were so far off the grid that even God had forgotten your coordinates? If you find yourself in a season like that...the basic truth that you need to hear today is that God sees YOU. He knows right where you’re at and not only are you NOT lost, you are actually right where you’re supposed to be! God is equipping you for your life’s purpose, even if your current season seems a bit boring, mundane or like you’re “lost in a field somewhere.” Let’s look at David’s life and you’ll see just what I mean…

In 1 Samuel 16, we learn a lot about David. He was the son of Jesse and one of eight brothers. The other brothers were more gifted, more handsome and of greater stature...but we know that while man looks at the outside of a person, God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). So, when God told Samuel to go to Jesse’s house and He’d show Him who the anointed one would be, Samuel reviewed each of the seven brothers first. From the outside view, they each looked like they should be the chosen one. However, God confirmed that none of those seven brothers was it. That’s when Jesse mentioned having an eighth son...who was out tending the sheep, like usual. When that eighth son, David, came to Samuel, God confirmed His anointing on David.

David’s stature, job and other external factors may not have impressed many...but it’s not the external attributes that qualified him. God qualified Him. God saw David’s heart. He saw that David was faithful in the basics -- He loved the Lord, He tended the sheep well and He was faithful in all the everyday, ordinary actions. God chose him to make a big difference in his day-and-age! Like David, each of us has a call on our lives...a divinely implanted purpose that God desires to help us live out in full. It doesn’t matter if we aren’t the smartest, prettiest or handsomest, from the best side of town and most prestigious schools...God looks at our heart and our faithfulness in the basics. So, don’t think that just because you are out in the fields “tending sheep” that God has somehow forgotten about you. 

>>In fact, the work that God is doing in your heart while you’re in the field is some of the most profound and essential work that will ever happen in your life! 

Think about David again...in the field, he learned about being a leader -- he had to figure out how to get the sheep to follow him, how to keep them safe and so on. He also spent that “field time” honing his skills -- he got quite proficient at the harp and the slingshot. Remember when Goliath entered the scene? David didn’t pick up a stone and a slingshot on that day and just hope he could use it. Nope! He had been practicing and practicing and practicing that particular weapon while in the field -- he had absolutely mastered that weapon and used it that fateful day to take down the giant.

Like David, your field time will be time well spent! Take note of the gifts and talents the Lord has given you and be intentional about honing those skills. Become the very best you can be at those skills, and trust that when it’s your “Goliath day” He will position you to move mighty mountains with those very basic skills that you were faithful to practice. You may be in a field tending sheep...but that doesn’t mean you are off God’s radar. On the contrary -- He’s positioned you exactly where you need to be right now. Be faithful in the basics and honor the field time...and your big day to put those skills to use will come!

Say This: “Father, thank You that my ‘field time’ is intentional and I am not off your radar! You know right where I am. Lord, help me to recognize the gifts you’ve given me and be faithful in honing those skills while in the field. I trust that at just the right time you’ll help me use those skills and the basics I’ve been faithful in, to make a big difference for You in this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

flip this switch to change your life.

Jennifer Cole

Where I live, it’s officially Springtime and I’m so excited! I mean, the days are getting longer...the sun feels brighter...birds are chirping and any day now it’s going to get warm enough for me to enjoy being out on the lake again. When I look at all that Spring entails, I’m overjoyed -- I just love Spring! But, I also know folks who look at Spring through other “lenses.” To them, it is just a time of ushering in pollens, allergies, itchy eyes and spending every weekend having to mow the lawn and pluck weeds. Wow, can’t you see that the lenses you’re looking through totally determine what you’re seeing! That’s true of anticipating a new season but really this is a basic idea that applies to any area of your life.

Today I want us to dive into the basic but profound truth that the lens you look through when viewing the relationship between God and you -- specifically when looking at His love for you -- means everything. I know this is true because I wore the wrong lens for decades! You see, God’s Word tells us that “we love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV). Even though I knew that verse and had heard it many times, I hadn’t yet flipped on the switch inside to believe it -- specifically to believe it was true for me, personally. If that verse is true (which it is), that means that everything we look at in our lives and in our view of how God looks at us should all be through the lens of His unconditional love.

Why, then, do we so easily slip back into a “works” mindset? As if it’s an earned gift rather than a free gift? When we wear our “works” lens, it makes God’s love something we can earn -- as if being “good enough” by completing our to-do lists, serving in church and praying so many minutes per day could make God love us more. I’ve inadvertently worn that lens at various times in my own life...thinking that somehow being a “good Christian” and completing my checklist of prayer, Bible reading and Gospel-spreading tasks, would make me worthy of God’s love...who’s with me here? I mean, this world is so checklist driven -- and “earn it” minded -- that there’s such a pull for us to view our relationship with God that way.

>>But listen...this is what I want you to hear today -- God loved you FIRST. You didn’t earn it. You can’t earn it. You don’t need to earn it. He loved you FIRST.

Hearing that may not come with all the feels or goose-bumps, but it’s Bible truth so choose to put that lens on! Think about what that would be like...when you wear the lens of the truth that God already loves you, unconditionally. How would that impact how you view yourself? How you view His thoughts towards you or His plan for your life? Through this lens adjustment, suddenly you will see His love for you everywhere! You’ll see how He protects you, how He guides you, how He helps you through every storm. You’ll find a place of rest in the depths of you because you’re not striving to earn His love. Certainly, when you are the recipient of great love you will want to respond, but you’re not trying to earn it. It’s already there. Can you start to feel the incredible rest that this basic truth brings?

In 1 John 4:16, we read: “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us…” You know about God’s love. You’ve read the Scriptures, you’ve watched the video clip above and you’re tuning in to the TV program to hear even more verses about His great love for you. But, to truly switch the lens you view everything through, you must take the second step...believing. Make a choice today to flip the switch of faith to ON. Believe in His love for you personally and start to view your whole world through the basic truth of His love for YOU!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your great love for me. You loved me first! I didn’t earn it, there’s no checklist I need to accomplish to be ‘good enough’ for your love -- You love me unconditionally, and in the rest and fullness of that love I respond by loving You back! Today I make the choice to flip the switch to ON -- I believe in Your love for me personally and choose to wear that lens to view my world from this moment on. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

YOU. MATTER.

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever felt alone? Abandoned? Insignificant, unnoticed, forgotten? These feelings are not often from a short, one-time event but rather they can grow in you for years for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’ve gone through a divorce, or maybe you’re the child who witnessed your parents’ divorce. Maybe you are in a family but still feel alone and unnoticed. Or perhaps you’ve gone through some kind of abuse in your life and it took a toll. Well, I’m here to tell you today, in case you’ve never heard it or just need to hear it again…

>>YOU. MATTER.

That’s right, YOU. Not the person next to you, I’m talking to YOU. The God of the Universe is not so busy that He doesn’t take interest in the details of your life. You matter so much to Him that He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to set you free. Think about this for a moment -- how can you tell something’s value? Well, you look at the cost paid for it. Look no further than the ultimate price Jesus paid, and you’ll see just how valuable you are! Matthew 6:26 confirms: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” God can handle all of the details of every living creature and care for them -- so there can be no doubt that He is well able to be involved in the details of your life and in caring for YOU!

The key to truly understanding this starts with asking Jesus into your heart (getting saved) and then allowing Him to do a restorative work in you. There is no mess so messy that God can’t help clean it up. There’s nothing so big or so awful or from so long ago that God can’t do a miraculous restorative work in and through you. Ask Him to bring restoration to your heart, soul and relationships. Allow Him access to the places that hurt. You can trust Him with your heart. You can trust Him with your life, your love and your hope. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

When you join with Him in the journey of restoration, the true beauty happens when your feelings of abandonment start to get replaced with attachment -- attachment to Jesus! After all, to truly be rid of something negative, something positive must take its place. If you’ve been poor, you’re still poor until you have enough. If you’ve been sick, you’re still sick until you’re well. The positive replaces the negative, and that becomes your new reality. Replacing your loneliness or abandonment with attachment to Christ will become your redemption story! So don’t wait. Say the prayer below from your heart, and let God start working His supernatural restoration in your life today.

Say This: “Father, thank You that I matter. I matter to you. What I’ve been through and what I go through matters to You. You are interested in all the details of my life. Today I first want to ask Jesus into my heart, to be the Lord of my life. And secondly I ask You to begin the restoration process in my life. You know the hurts I carry, the feelings of loss, abandonment and loneliness, and I crave attachment to Jesus as a replacement for all of that. I trust You and thank You in advance for the restoration journey I’m now on, with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
 

the seed is in the need.

Jennifer Cole

Picture for a moment a farmer who just bought his first bag of seed and first acre of land. He plants those seeds into that land. Why? Because he knows that with some time and proper care, those seeds will grow into a harvest that he can sell and also enjoy. This may seem like an obvious question, but if he wants to harvest corn, what kind of seed does he need to plant? Corn seed! And if he wants to have ten acres’ worth of harvest, how many acres does he need to plant? Ten acres! We can see that within the topic of sowing and reaping, both the type of seed and the quantity matter.

I know this is super basic, but these principles are oh so important for each of us to know and apply to our lives. We need to first understand that seeds produce their own kind. Corn seed grows corn. Apple seeds grow apple trees that blossom with apples in due season. We don’t plant apple seeds and expect corn to grow, right? Genesis 1:12 says: “The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind…” So we see here again the basic truth that seeds produce their own kind.

Let’s also talk for a moment about quantity, because that matters too. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 we read: “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” If you only plant one acre of land, you can’t be mad when only one acre produces crops. On the flip side, if you invest in planting ten acres, you can look forward to the abundance of ten acres of harvest in due time.

So then the question for you to consider today is: what do you need more of? The seed is in the need! Remember, if you need corn, you plant corn seeds. So...what do you need -- do you need more clothes? Gift some of your current clothes to someone in need. Do you need more kind and affirming words in your life? Give out sincere, kind words to others as often as you can! Do you need more income? Give of what you do have to help others. Don’t be discouraged by lack in a certain area...rather, view what you DO have in that area as SEED -- and sow some it, so that the Lord can reap a harvest in your life at just the right time!

Quantity matters too. We know that those who sow sparingly, reap sparingly. But, those who sow generously will reap generously. That’s a Kingdom Law -- a Bible truth that you can take to the bank. As you sow in small increments, you’ll start seeing blessings coming your way in similar increments. You may then choose to sow in larger increments, and God is faithful to perform His Word -- you will see blessings come back to you in those larger increments!

>>Now, is any of this instant? Nope! 

This is not a magic potion, no pixie dust here. Our harvest will come in after a season of sowing and patience...much like a farmer can’t plant seeds one day and get frustrated that there’s no harvest the next day, we can’t expect this to be a instant process! But, we are talking about spiritual truths that are always active and in motion. We simply need to become knowledgeable about the basic law of sowing and reaping, and then jump in that river. It’s a very GOOD thing to be in the flow of God’s supernatural economy -- come on now somebody! There is absolute, full assurance that as we sow our seed with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we WILL reap a harvest in due time.

I know you’re thinking that it couldn’t get any better than that -- but wait until you hear this! 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us: “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous...” When God can see that you’re a sower -- not just a taker and consumer, but rather you have a true giver’s heart -- He will supply your seed! That’s what it means to be blessed and generous...you get to enjoy partaking in blessings and giving away freely to others, as a way of life -- and wow is that an exciting way to live!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the spiritual law of sowing and reaping. Lord, I want to live the blessed and generous life! I want to be blessed to be a blessing! I ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in helping me to see the seeds I have and where to sow them, and I trust that You’ll bring in a harvest for me in due season. Thank You also that You will supply more and more seed, as I make generosity my genuine, heartfelt way of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

does your GPS ever give up on you?

Jennifer Cole

Haven’t we all been there?...We are following our GPS to get to a desired location. It tells us to take a right turn in half a mile, but then we miss the turn! What does your GPS do at that point? Does it say, “Wow, you totally missed that. Guess you’re just going to stay lost now.” No way! Without skipping a beat, it graciously suggests a new next turn (and maybe a few more after that!) to eventually get you back to the right path. In fact, even if you miss the next 3, 5 or even 10 turns, your GPS still never gives up on you!

So why is it that when we “miss a turn” in life, we know our GPS would be patient with us but somehow we get to thinking that God is mad at us? He has given us the Holy Spirit as our Guide, and yes -- our Guide is continually sharing directions, indicating which turns to take and more. He for sure wants us to arrive at all of the promises God has given us! But, if we miss a turn, make a mistake or take the wrong path, He doesn’t give up on us! Just like our GPS, the Holy Spirit never says, ”Okay fine, do it your way. I’m done helping you. Peace, out!” Nope! He’s just saying “re-calculating, re-routing” along the way, giving us guidance into the next steps to take so we can keep heading the right direction.

If you’ve felt like you’ve made wrong choices in life...if you’re feeling like you “missed the boat” or did things your way for so long that there’s just no way God could clean all that up...hear the Holy Spirit patiently and lovingly saying to you today: “Re-calculating!” He has never and will never give up on you. The Holy Spirit acts as your Guide in everyday life, in the big decisions and the small ones. He will lead you step-by-step, always towards the promises and blessings that God has in store for you!

How do we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead? There are two essential and primary ways that He leads us -- first, through God’s Word (the Bible) and secondly, through peace. One reason we each need to make reading and hearing the Word a daily priority is that the Holy Spirit customizes the Word to each of us -- personally -- so that as you read or hear Scriptures, He can literally quicken a word or phrase directly to you, and you’ll know you have the answer you’ve been seeking. 

>>Isn’t that amazing? Talk about a supernatural advantage in life! 

Then, once you’ve received direction from the Word, then check your spirit, the real you inside. Ask the Holy Spirit to make it clear to you if your spirit is at peace with the decision/direction or if it seems “scratchy.” We know from Colossians 3:15 that peace acts as an umpire, so we know that God will confirm the answer to you both through His Word and through peace.

When we make it a lifestyle to be in the Scriptures daily and to listen closely to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and discernment of peace inside, we can move forward with decisions in life with confidence. This is God’s will for us -- He doesn’t want us going through life always having to hear “re-calculating!” He is patient with us and extends so much mercy, but His best for each of us is to continually hear from Him which directions to take, and then to take them! That path has fewer detours and gets us more quickly to the land of His blessings and promises. Make the choice today to be led by the Holy Spirit daily, in the big and little stuff, and enjoy that supernatural advantage!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit! I am so glad He is my internal guide, my supernatural ‘GPS.’ Raise up in me a greater desire to read and listen to Your Word daily, and I believe that as I make the Word a priority, I’ll hear customized direction and answers. Help me to discern when I have peace in my spirit and when I don’t, and give me the courage to always follow Your Word and peace -- thank You for that supernatural advantage! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”