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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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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.”
 

Opportunity and Opposition

Jennifer Cole

Whenever the Lord opens up big doors, there is also big opposition. As Joyce Meyer puts it: "new levels, new devils." The apostle Paul met these adversaries when he said…

"A huge door of opportunity for good work has opened up here. (There is also mushrooming opposition.)" 1 Corinthians 16:9, MSG

“Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there's no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They're as deceived as the people they lead astray..." 2 Timothy 3:12-13, MSG

Opportunity and opposition seem to be brothers! You don’t meet one without meeting the other. But take heart...if you are facing more opposition than usual -- more critics, more hassle, more challenges, more hoops to jump through, more resistance, more political mumbo-jumbo -- rejoice, God has opened a huge door for His Word and His plan to go forth! Stand strong!

No matter what opposition comes your way, remember -- Jesus is Lord! His Word and saving power will continue to go forth because God loves people and He has a vested interest in them! Jesus, as our Redeemer, has completely defeated the devil and every adversary!

Think about it this way -- when the devil motivates people to oppose the progress of the gospel, we should really consider it a compliment from the devil and a sign that great things are ahead! Remember when Peter was inspired by the devil to say words contrary to God's will to Jesus? Jesus had to rebuke the devil by speaking to Peter and saying, "Get thee behind Me, Satan." (Matthew 16:23) If you've been facing opposition and adversaries, be of good cheer. You are preparing for a huge testimony! As one person put it: "No test. No testimony!"

Fellow Church Leader, has the Lord opened up a big and effectual door for you and now you're facing unprecedented puzzling, vicious and bewildering opposition? Fellow Christian, has God opened a big door for you and it seems like all hell has come against you? Be encouraged today. God is working on a massive testimony and in the end, you win!

Let's stand strong and trust the Lord to bring us through that wide door in grand fashion. Remember what Jesus said, "I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict." (Luke 21:15) God is on our side. If the Lord is for us -- who can be against us?

Say This: "Father, I thank You that Jesus is Lord and the final authority on all things. He has already defeated the enemy and through the power of Jesus’ Name, we enforce the defeat of every adversary. Jesus is the light of the world and the darkness can never put out the light. He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The Lord God Almighty will continue to open up great and effectual doors for church leaders around the world and for believers in every land, and they will proclaim the gospel with a greater anointing and boldness -- and more eternal fruit will be produced than ever before! In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Get the basics. Live the life. Do the stuff.

Jennifer Cole

Did you know biblical illiteracy is at an all time high these days? I can't just sit back allow the devil to eat people’s lunches because "they don't know what they don't know." When a recent poll by the Barna Group found that 12% of adults thought Joan of Arc was Noah's wife -- and 50% of graduating high schoolers thought Sodom and Gomorrah were a husband and wife, you know we have a big problem!

That's why all bets are off in 2018 -- and we are going full-speed ahead to help everyone, everywhere get a grip on the basics of the Bible! We invite you to join in our brand new, FREE 14-Day Basics Reboot which kicks off on February 1, 2018. And, invite your friends, family, coworkers, barista and yoga instructor to join you!

Let’s do the 14-Day Basics Reboot together! Each day for 14-days, you’ll receive short video teachings, devos and screensavers/shareable images. We will Get the basics. Live the life. Do the stuff.

Snag your spot now for the FREE 14-Day Basics Reboot. It all starts February 1! Simply click HERE to join in on this experience!

Divine Guidance and Help

Jennifer Cole

“...[Jesus] said to Simon, 'Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.' But Simon answered and said to Him, 'Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.' And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink...,[Simon] and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken.” Luke 5:4-9, NKJV

Ever worked at something really hard and come up empty? Burned the midnight oil and reaped very little fruit? Worked your fingers to the bone and lost money? Yeah -- that’s kinda what Peter felt like when he told Jesus he had been fishing all night long and hadn’t caught a thing. That's where divine guidance and divine partnerships come into play!

Divine Guidance: In spite of Peter's discouragement, Jesus told Peter to get back on the water and then advised him on when and where to fish. Although Peter had already “tried that,” he listened to Jesus’ directions and followed His instructions. He obeyed Jesus’ words and threw his net into the water.

The result? Following Jesus’ divine guidance caused Peter to catch a supernatural, fish-catching, boat-sinking, net-breaking haul of fish! Peter was catching so many fish, he had to get some partners to help him out!

Divine Partnerships: Peter could see that following Jesus’ guidance had produced amazing results! So, he gave his buddies a signal that looked something like, “Hurry up -- help me!” The next thing you know, those helpers in another boat flocked to his side to help him.

The result? They filled BOTH boats with so many fish the boats began to sink! The moral of the story? Not only was Peter blessed by following Jesus’ divine guidance, his helpers got to partake of the same blessing! Not only was Peter’s boat filled to the brim with fish, his helpers’ boat was filled too! 

When we listen to God's direction -- as given to us through His Word and by His Spirit -- He will bless the work of our hands and "fill our boat." And even beyond that...when we are led to partner with others, we partake of the grace and blessings that are on their lives and our boat gets filled too!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your divine guidance -- thank You that there’s no circumstance in the natural that You can’t help me overcome. Give me Your direction and Your instructions in every area of life -- I want to follow Your ways! And, let me know who You would like me to partner with so I can be of help to them, and I know in turn that my boat will get filled too! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”