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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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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 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.”

don't let life's pace run you over.

Jennifer Cole

When you think of the word “grace,” what comes to mind? I know for me, the word “grace” was kind of foggy at first. I could tell that grace was a good thing, that it was desirable and positive. But, it was hard to put my thumb on just what it meant and how to apply it to my life -- and don’t even ask me to explain it to someone else back then! Ha!

But at some point along my journey I got the revelation knowledge of what grace truly is...and WOW it’s a big deal! And did I tell’s FREE! The basic truth we’re diving into today is that grace is not just a warm-fuzzy or feel-good word. It’s not good vibes or positive thoughts. Grace is actually a tangible deposit of God’s ability and strength into your life!

>>Did you catch that? It’s HIS ability and strength, freely given to YOU! 

It’s no wonder that in Romans 5:17 we read: “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” So there’s a direct tie here between receiving an abundance of grace and reigning in life. God’s desire for us is to reign in life, not to be run over by life!

The question for all of us today you feel like you’re reigning in life? Or does it feel like you’re living “one nostril above water?” Stressed out, maxed out, burned out, you name it. None of those describes the type of lifestyle God desires for you! It’s true that in this day-and-age, there’s no shortage of things that will try to command your attention and fill your schedule. There’s work, raising children, going to school, travel, phone calls, paying bills, eating and sleeping, Facebook, Zumba class, grocery shopping, walking the dog...I mean, isn’t it easy to see how quickly you could feel overwhelmed? That’s why it’s absolutely essential that you obtain God’s grace for the pace!

God’s grace in your life is like great ropes that hold a ship together through a storm. When everything around you is falling apart, the waves are crashing and wind is beating down on you, it’s God’s grace -- those incredibly strong, tough, supernatural ropes -- that keep you in tact. And in calm waters, it’s the grease for the motor that helps you cruise forward with ease and joy!

I want to encourage you today -- if you’re feeling run over, out of steam or at the end of your rope...then right now RUN, don’t walk, to the Throne of Grace to obtain supernatural deposits of His ability and strength! Simply ASK the Lord for extra grace for the pace. Obtaining grace deposits into your life is an active process -- it’s something you need to ask for, seek, require and grab hold of. So don’t wait...access the grace He has for you today and every day -- just ask and receive!

Say This: “Father, thank You that I can approach Your Throne of Grace at any time and ask for extra grace for the pace! Thank You that You are depositing Your ability and strength into my life, helping me to reign in life, to enlarge my capacity and to fulfill all that You’ve called me to do in this life. Today I ask You for extra measures of grace, and I thank You for it! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

these 2 words explain everything.

Jennifer Cole

I want to share a secret with you today. A secret I learned that totally unlocked the Bible for me many years ago. Here it is: there are 2 words that are seen throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and they help explain everything. What are they?

>> LIFE and DEATH.

We need to understand the effects and evidence of each, to truly see the kind of life God wants for us. God’s plan is and always has been LIFE. The Garden of Eden was such a picture of life...the most beautiful, lush garden, flowing with abundance and vibrant beyond measure. And God’s original plan for mankind was life. God did not author death and never wanted death to be a part of our human experience!

Now, when mankind with our free will chose to do things our own way -- starting with the original sin in the Garden of Eden -- DEATH entered the scene. Suddenly there was an opposing force to all of that incredible life that God has designed. I’m not just talking about death as in the “end of life in your body,” although that certainly is part of it. It’s important that we see the 3 key ways that death became part of the picture.

First, a spiritual death happened -- mankind became separated from God. Gone were the blissful days Adam had enjoyed of walking through the Garden alongside the Lord, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. Because of sin, we could no longer connect directly with God. (Thankfully...God had a redemption plan already set into motion...Jesus died on the cross for us to reconcile us with the Father so that an intimate relationship with Him could be restored...thank you, Jesus!!)

Secondly, death brought sickness and disease, and brought poverty and lack. God’s design for us -- His perfect will for us -- does not include illness, nor does it include lacking any good thing. Can you see now how much the arrival of death onto the scene caused our experience of life on earth to change dramatically?

But the story doesn’t end there...thankfully Jesus came to redeem us FROM death TO life! He not only rescued us from all of these effects of death...but He redeemed us to something...He redeemed us TO life! Through Jesus becoming our personal Lord and Savior, we get to experience quantitative life...we get to live forever with Him, for all eternity! But He also gives us all the promises and provisions we need to experience qualitative have and enjoy an abundant life while we’re on this earth.

From the origins of everything we know (Genesis) to present day, and ultimately through all of eternity, the 2 words DEATH and LIFE play a significant role. Read through your Bible with those 2 words in mind now -- and you’ll start to see in fresh new ways how death tries to enter each situation, but Jesus always combats it with life. 

I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t want to miss a single thing He paid for me to have! I want to enjoy my life in Christ and also live my life for Christ! So today I encourage you, don’t get shaken up by whatever’s happening around you but rather get stirred up in the basic truth that God has LIFE for you!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your plan for me was and always will be LIFE! I believe that means both quantitative life so I can live with You for all eternity in Heaven...but also qualitative life so I can enjoy life here on earth and live my life for You! Please help me to understand, through knowledge and personal experience, all of the aspects of LIFE that you have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

don't get stuck going in circles.

Jennifer Cole

Picture this. You’ve got all four kids in the minivan, bags are packed, the sun is shining and you’re heading out on what should be a terrific family vacation. You start out by driving 5 miles north, but then you turn around and head 5 miles south.  Then you travel 5 miles north again, followed by 5 miles south. Yikes. You’re really not getting anywhere, are you?

The truth is our words are just like that. Our words map out the route we’re traveling. If our words are positive and aligned with God’s Word -- His Truth -- then we head one direction. But if we’re then speaking negative words that are aligned with our feelings, opinions or even sometimes the facts of a situation, it sends us right back the other direction. A lifetime of that pattern will leave you feeling like you’re getting nowhere and certainly won’t help you live a life you love -- that’s just not how this works!

In Proverbs 18:21 we see that: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” God wants us to choose life! He wants us to speak words of life. To speak words that cause our life to route along the most blessed, prosperous, abundant and joy-filled path. So what’s the secret here? What kind of words do that for us? Words that align with God’s Word!

For instance, the Bible says He surrounds and protects us (Psalm 91:11, Psalm 32:7) -- so speaking that truth enables your life to head in the right direction. On the other hand, speaking about being afraid, fearful and scared all the time causes you to head the other direction. As another example, God’s Word says that by His stripes you are healed (1 Peter 2:24). So, choose to speak words about His healing power being active in your life, not about how you’re incurable or going to die young. You can’t speak both words of life and words of death and expect to get anywhere in life! You’ll just go in circles and be frustrated and discouraged. 

Does this mean we’re ignoring the “facts” as situations or storms arise in life? Nope! What it does mean is acknowledging that there is a higher truth that trumps all facts -- it’s God’s Truth from His Word! You can admit “hey, I got a bad doctor’s report today” or “wow, I’m still living paycheck to paycheck.” But don’t make that your daily confession -- instead, seek out what God’s Truth says about that area of your life by reading your Bible -- and then speak the Word! And keep reading His Word and keep speaking His Truth...over and over, as a way of life...and your life will keep heading along the very best path for you!

So today, I encourage you to choose God’s Word as your ultimate road map and speak words of life over every area of your life. Keep doing that, and you’ll keep heading the right direction...and you’ll be well on your way to living a life you love!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your Truth trumps any facts or circumstances. Help me to know what Your Word says about every area of my life, and help me to speak life -- Your Truth -- over and over again. Thank You that the path You have for me is bright and full of blessings, and today I make the choice to align my words with Your Word so that I can walk along the incredible path that You want me to experience. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”