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your BEST life.

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever wondered what God thinks about money? About our finances, meeting our needs and having abundance to share? For sure there are lots of opinions and teachings about the subject of “prosperity” (even that word has become a bit “yikes!” in Christian culture today), but let’s dive straight into the Bible to see what the Word says about this basic topic. 

Let’s start with this passage:

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT

>> Wow, there’s so much in that text, right? Let’s unpack it a bit.

1. First, let’s define “rich.” You may think that “rich” only means those in Hollywood, with multi-million dollar mansions -- and probably a handful of Bentleys. But actually -- this verse applies to all of us! If we take a truly global view...it’s possible that most of us reading the devo today could be considered rich, in the global economy. There are many studies that show if you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you’re “richer” than 75% of the world. Wow -- we have a lot to be grateful for!

2. The issue is trust. Notice that being rich...or more simply stated, having money...isn’t the issue here. Why? Because money itself is neutral! It’s not good or bad -- it just “is.” The important thing in this passage is not to put our TRUST in money because it’s unreliable! Instead, our trust should be in the Lord! 

Take a moment for a quick check-up here...are you trusting in your paycheck, or trusting the Lord who provides you with the talents and opportunities to earn that income? Are you trusting in your bank account, home and cars, or is your trust in the One who’s behind all of those blessings? I encourage you today to make sure your trust is in the Lord. He is the only firm foundation to build your life on!

3. God wants you blessed! While there is so much in the 1 Timothy 6:17-19 passage that we could dive into, I want to draw your attention to one more aspect of it today...God wants you to prosper and to enjoy life. Yes, friends, I said “enjoy” life! He wants your life full of good things, both for your enjoyment and to provide you with blessings so you can bless others and be outrageously generous! This may be a new or foreign concept for you, so again let’s go back to what the Bible says about it.

Let’s look at that same passage one more time, but now in The Passion Translation: “To all the rich of this world, I command you not to be wrapped in thoughts of pride over your prosperity, or rely on your wealth, for your riches are unreliable and nothing compared to the living God. Trust instead in the one who has lavished upon us all good things, fulfilling our every need. Remind the wealthy to be rich in good works of extravagant generosity, willing to share with others. This will provide a beautiful foundation for their lives and secure for them a great future, as they lay their hands upon the meaning of true life.”

Do you see, from this passage, that we should trust in God -- the one who lavishes upon us all good things...how amazing is that? And then it goes on to remind us to be rich in good works, extravagant in generosity and willing to share with others! Doesn’t this sound like the “blessed to be a blessing life?” Sign me up!! 

Here’s the bottom line: God wants you, yes YOU, to enjoy life and to be blessed to be generous to others! And God wants to bless you even more than He already has! Set your heart upon Him, place your trust in Him and His Word...and watch Him overflow your life with blessings to both enjoy and to share. 

If your head is going a bit “tilt” on this subject, that’s okay. I encourage you to spend some time meditating on His Word (check out the Scriptures recommended below) and allow the Lord to speak to your heart and renew your mind on this subject. 

Say This: “Father, thank You that you fill my life with good things. Thank You for your generosity towards me and I ask You to stir up a generous spirit in me, so I can be a blessing to others! I believe Your Word that You fulfill my every need, so Lord today I lift up these needs and ask for Your provisions and wisdom in these areas: ___________________. I put my trust in You and believe that the best is yet to come! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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.”

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.”

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Jennifer Cole

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This Makes You Attractive

Jennifer Cole

“But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.” Isaiah 32:8, NKJV

Generosity is SUCH an attractive quality in a person. Generous people give, lend, support, help -- and don’t expect anything in return. They hold on to the things of this world loosely because they know it’s just “stuff.” They care more about people than things. Isn’t it so refreshing and uplifting to be around people like this?

Let me share one practical life lesson I learned at an early age about how to be a generous person: If someone lets you borrow something, you always return it in better condition than when it was when they gave it to you. For example, when someone lets you borrow their car -- even if it’s just for a 10 mile drive -- before you return it, you take it through the car wash and fill up the gas tank -- and not just to replenish the gas you used, but you fill that bad boy to the full, until the gas pump clicks, then you squeeze just a little extra in. 

It’s worth noting that it’s about so much more than just a “random act” of generosity here and there...truly impactful generosity is where it becomes your lifestyle -- it’s just how you are, it’s just what you do! Those with a generous lifestyle -- also called a generous spirit -- go above and beyond the call, give more than what is expected and are always open-handed because they know that everything they have belongs to God anyway. They also proactively seek out ways to be generous to others! And I’m not just talking about money here, people -- generosity is also in giving of your time, attention, compliments, cupcakes, clothes, phone calls and more.

Want to be the attractive person that everyone enjoys being around? With God’s help, make generosity a way of life and you will be -- and in turn, you’ll be so blessed to be a blessing!!

Say This: “Father, thank You so much for everything You’ve given me in this life -- I ask You to help me be a good steward of my time, finances, attention and more. Help me to make generosity a way of life, so that I’m blessed to be a blessing. Show me ways I can help and give to others in an above-and-beyond way that brings glory and praise to You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”