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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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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.” 

Loaded

Beth Jones

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!" Psalm 68:19, NKJV

I love this verse! As a new Christian, as I walked in the light of His Word, the Lord helped me to get ahold of this simple revelation: God is good and He desires to load His children with benefits! 

The idea of being blessed with abundance and a load of benefits was amazing news to me! I was raised by a single mom and we learned how to get by with the bare essentials. We grew up shopping on the clearance rack and buying everything on sale. I thought you were rich if you bought Del Monte fruit rather than the generic brand.

Once I saw this simple truth, I began to say this verse out loud every day and I trusted God to load me with His benefits! At night before bed, I would check my daily load and thank God for every benefit He had given me. I took inventory, from the smallest things – a parking space, a good deal at TJ Maxx, a nap, happy kids; to the largest things – a new baby, a great price on a house, our 10-year anniversary, someone inviting Jesus into his life or going on a cruise to the Caribbean. God is good and He does give good gifts. He is in the benefits business!   

So, how about you? Do you need a load of benefits? As you walk in His Word, begin to thank God for His goodness in your life and start thanking Him in advance for loading you with His benefits. 

Say This: “Father, I do believe that You are good and generous. I believe that You want to perform Your Word in my life. I thank You for loading me with benefits daily – including today! I will begin to look to You expectantly and I will be sure to thank You for each benefit – big and small. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

All That I Have Is Yours

Beth Jones

"But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.'" Luke 15:29-31, NIV

Ever felt like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son? You know—you’ve been the “good son.” You’ve faithfully served God, been responsible and loyal. You've used wisdom and discretion and honored your Father the best you've known how.

You haven’t been like the rebellious prodigal son -- you’re the good brother! When your wild brother came to his senses and had this heartfelt, repentant meltdown—you were happy to see him come home, but you felt like the father went overboard with the party, gold ring, slippers, fatted calf and all. It seemed a little extreme; you thought instead your father should have given that kid a "talking to" and put him on probation for a while.

Until, you heard what your father said to you. He almost seemed to say it in passing. He assumed you knew it when he said, “Son, all that I have is yours.” What? Everything you have is and has already belonged to me? All this time?

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to backslide to experience the Father's blessings! You just need to meditate on the truth of what already belongs to you. “All that the Father has is already yours.” So, have you asked Him for anything lately? Have you received and partaken of the blessings that are already yours?

Notice the father didn't say, “All that I have is going to be yours, could be yours, might be yours or will be yours one day.” He said, “All that I have is yours.” It’s yours now…it has been yours and you can access it any time of day.
 
So, what does the Father mean? When He says “all”—He must mean all! What does the Father have? He has everything. He’s loaded. He’s got connections. He’s got stuff. If there is something you want, He’s got it and it’s already yours. Today, all you “older brother, good Christians”—let’s receive all that belongs to us!

Say This: "Father, today I thank You that all that You have already belongs to me. Instead of being jealous of Your blessings in other people’s lives, I am going to partake of all the things that You have so richly provided for me. I thank You that Your provision and blessing already belongs to me. I receive it with a grateful heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."
 

Taste And See

Beth Jones

"O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8, AMPC

The Lord is good all the time! He's the same yesterday, today and forever! He is the God that changes not. He is good and His intentions toward us are always for our good! We may not always understand everything, but we can rest in the fact that the Lord is good. We can have confidence that as we walk in the light of His Word, He will always bring us through any trial, challenge or battle we face into a good land.

Be advised – many voices will try to convince you otherwise. Often – the enemy, our own thoughts, circumstances, relationships and life experiences cause us to question God's goodness. When we don't fully understand God's big picture, purposes, timing and kingdom laws, we sometimes drift around in a sea of confusion regarding God's goodness.

But, the Bible tells us…

God is good all the time.
He is a good Father.
He gives good gifts.
He satisfies us with good things.
His good hand is upon us.
His plans for us are good and not evil.
He wants us to eat the good of the land.
He goes about doing good things and healing all who are oppressed.
He wants us to see good days.
The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. 

If you've not been experiencing God's goodness lately (at least to the degree you believe He desires), Isaiah 1:19 is a great verse to meditate on: "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land..." Sometimes it is good to take inventory of your life and ask the Lord if there are any areas where you have not been willing or obedient to Him. Be honest with yourself and then make the needed adjustments. He has promised that if we are willing and obedient, we will eat the good of the land!

Say This: "Father, You are a good God! I believe it. You are for me. There may be some things I don't totally understand, but I declare that You are good all the time. Your intentions toward me are for my good. You love me and You have good plans for my life. Help me to understand how to cooperate with You and Your Word so that I am walking and living in Your goodness to a greater degree. In Jesus' Name. Amen."