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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 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.”

What Makes You Stand Out?

Jennifer Cole

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

Wanna stand out in the crowd? Be generous! I love this verse because it tells us that a generous person is always looking for ways to be generous. They are devising ways to bless others. Generosity makes a person stand out – probably because this trait is so rare these days!

Generous people are governed by wisdom and faith in God and His Word - not by the economy, their checkbook or the price of gas - and they are free to give!  Generous people are tithers…that’s where it starts. Generous people help Jesus build His Church and they make sacrificial gifts to that end. Generous people help the poor and needy, and generous people give a good tip to the waiter, nail tech and hair stylist! Generous people don’t “nickel & dime” their friends, but rather they look for ways to pick up the tab, fill up a gas tank or treat others to God’s goodness in unexpected ways. 

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Remember also that generosity isn’t just in dollars and cents; it’s also in giving your time, compliments, encouragement, prayer and a host of things to others! Today, be a generous person who devises generous things, and by generosity you will stand out!

Say This:  “Father, I choose to be generous. I rebuke a stingy, selfish, fear-driven attitude in my own heart and mind. You are God…and I believe You have the power to bless and saturate my life with Your generosity, so I am free to be generous toward You, Your Church and those around me. Today, I am looking for ways to be generous. Let my life stand out for Your glory!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” 

What Price Is A Soul Worth?

Beth Jones

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26, KJV

What price is a soul worth? These days, people spend so much of their time, energy, mind, strength and life seeking material things. Seeking to outdo their neighbors. Seeking to impress people they don't even care about. Seeking to gain the world. For what purpose? And at what cost? 

Gaining the world will cost you – maybe your health, your joy, your peace, your integrity and reputation, your marriage, your family, your relationship with your kids and others. And the biggie -- if you're so busy chasing after the things of this world that you have no time for a relationship with Jesus in your life, it's going to cost you your soul. 

But, there is a better way! God's way. By doing things His way and seeking first His kingdom, we end up gaining so much more -- including eternal life! When we quit doing life our own way, we win. "The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." (Prov. 10:22) When we make our relationship with Jesus and doing things His way a priority, He blesses our lives – He makes us rich in every way – without the need for sorrow, remorse, regret or apology! 

Say This: "Father, I ask You for Your mercy and grace to help me get on the right track. I don't want to care more about the things of this world than a relationship with you. I don't want to lose my health, marriage, kids, integrity or relationships and I definitely don't want to lose my soul. Lord, help me to quit doing things my own way. Help me to follow You for the rest of my days. I would rather have Your blessings in my life than all the “things” of the world. In Jesus' Name. Amen."