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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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blessed to be a blessing.

Jennifer Cole

You’ve probably experienced one or both of these scenarios in your life...at some point, you’ve likely not had enough of something you needed (money, work, transportation, friends, you name it!) and wondered why you weren’t experiencing the abundant and prosperous life you heard others talking about. On the flip side, at some point maybe you’ve experienced a prosperous life, full of blessings and abundance, but felt guilty for doing well...felt like you had to apologize all the time for being blessed.

You may find yourself in one of those two camps even today! So friends, I want to talk with you about both -- together, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about blessings and prosperity. Remember, we don’t build our faith or our lives on opinion, culture trends or any other constantly changing influence...we trust God’s Word as the foundation and guidebook for our lives. So let’s check out what the Bible has to say about this topic:

Psalm 103:2-5 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (NKJV).

And, in John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (AMP).

These are just two of the many verses on this subject, but I love these two! They paint such a beautiful picture of the Lord’s heart to us...He offers us salvation AND a whole benefits “package!” He came to bring us life that we can enjoy and have abundance, till it overflows. Wow! God loves us -- and through Jesus, He has already paid a mighty high price for us to be blessed and prosperous! Let’s check out another verse...

Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits…” (NKJV). 

Seriously, check out the words in that verse: “daily” and “loads!” I don’t know about you, but those words to me paint a picture of abundance, not of scarcity or lack! I know that for some of you, this is confirmation of what you already have experienced as you’ve trusted the Lord for increase and blessings. For others, this is causing your head to go tilt! Let me encourage you today to continue seeking the Lord for revelation in this area...He’s a good Father and He wants you to be super blessed and ever-increasing.

>>Don’t miss this one very important “asterisk”...

It’s all about the heart! God does not want you to be blessed and prosperous so that you become self-obsessed or materialistic. He doesn’t want you looking down on others or letting money rule your life. By no means! He wants you to have and enjoy life, and He wants you blessed to be a blessing! At the same time, the Lord wants you to be content and willing to share generously -- having a giving spirit. Can you see how the heart condition truly means everything in understanding, receiving and appropriately applying God’s goodness and blessings in your life?

Take some time this week to soak in these Scriptures...let them renew your mind to what the Word says about God’s heart towards you and His desire for your life. After all, as you experience abundance and are blessed, your ability to bless others greatly increases. So let’s believe God for the blessings He wants for us -- and let’s bless others generously too!

Say This: “Father, thank You so much that You love me and that it’s Your will that I am blessed and prosperous. I’m so thankful for the price Jesus paid so I could be saved and also enjoy the whole benefits ‘package’ that is available to me. Today, I ask that Your blessing and goodness continually fill my life with abundance in all areas. And show me, Lord, how I can be a blessing to others! As I increase, help me to keep my heart focused on You and giving all the glory to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

New Podcast: How To Stick With It

Jennifer Cole

I’m so excited for you to hear from two pretty incredible ladies on the podcast today -- Pam Hart and Gina Cameneti! Pam and her husband Gary pastor Victory Church in Great Falls, Montana, and Gina and her husband Joe pastor Believers Church in Warren, Ohio. Both of these gals have decades of longevity and “stick-to-it-iveness” in ministry, marriage and raising kids!

Haven’t you found that people look at you strangely if you say you’ve been pastoring (or fill in your occupation) for 30 years, or been married a few decades -- all while raising up children to love the Lord? Why does that all seem so “out of the norm” in this day-and-age?

We tackle that very subject in this week’s brand new basic interview podcast! Pam and Gina dish out their secrets on how to “stay” in a culture that says “go,” how to have longevity in all areas of life -- and how to have fun and laugh along the way!

So -- check out The Basics With Beth new podcast today on iTunes or on our website  -- and then drop me a note on social media or email to let me know how it helped you!

P.S. We’d love for you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you haven't done so yet. That way, you'll get notified every time we release a new episode and be ahead of the curve! 
 

New Podcast: Elevation Worship -- In The House!!

Jennifer Cole

Seriously people -- I cannot tell you how awesome it was to have the Elevation Worship Team here in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Valley Family Church -- for their first stop on the “There Is A Cloud” tour!! We got the privilege of worshipping the Lord with them and I also got the very distinct honor of hosting a podcast with worship leaders Chris Brown and Jane Williams!

You guys, these singers are the real deal -- they love the Lord, they love the Church, they love their spouses and kiddos -- and an top of all that they’re totally down-to-earth and fun!

So be sure to check out the brand new podcast today, where you’ll hear me chat with Chris and Jane about what it’s like to be on such a well-known worship team and tour the country, as well as hearing their helpful tips on how to juggle family, ministry, etc well -- all at the same time. We also have a great discussion about discovering God’s purpose in our lives...so don’t miss this new episode of The Basics With Beth podcast! There’s something in here that will encourage you, give you that nugget of wisdom you’ve just been waiting for, and maybe even make you laugh!  

You can find the podcast on iTunes or listen directly on our website!

P.S. We’d love for you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you haven't done so yet. That way, you'll get notified every time we release a new episode and be ahead of the curve! 
 

Faith-FULL

Jennifer Cole

“A faithful man will abound with blessings...” Proverbs 28:20, NKJV

To abound in something means that you’re swimming in it, you’re overcome by it and you’ve got more of it than you need. Swimming in an abundance of blessings sure sounds good to me - how about you? 

Notice that it’s not just any person who gets to enjoy a life like that - specifically, it’s faithful people! So, what does a faithful person look like? The simple answer is this - a faithful person is someone who chooses over and over again to keep their word and do the right thing, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, even when it’s inconvenient, and especially when they don’t feel like it. 

So, let’s be people who do what we are supposed to do, when it’s supposed to be done. When we make a commitment, let’s stick to it, even when it becomes difficult. Let’s show up to work on time and stay until the job is finished. When we give our word, let’s see it through to completion. 

Faithfulness is not a one-hit wonder - it’s something we get to put into practice on a daily basis. Being faithful matters, and it’s always worth it! Ultimately, when we are faithful with our words, actions and time, we put ourselves in a position to fulfill all the plans that God has for us - and we abound in blessings!

Say This: “Father, I want to show myself faithful from the littlest things to the biggest. I choose to be faithful today to my spouse, my kids, my job, my friends, and most of all to be faithful to You. I thank You that a faithful life leads to an abundance of blessings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”