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ASK BIG!

Jennifer Cole

God has a LOT to say in the Bible about asking! But why? After all...hasn’t He already paid for all of the blessings and provisions in your life? Yes. Hasn’t He promised you that whatever you pray for (in accordance with the Word) He will give you? Yes. Doesn’t He already know what you need? Yes.

>>But friends, there’s something huge about ASKING. Don’t miss this!

The Bible says: “...you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2 NKJV). That oughta stir all of us up! What are some examples of BIG things to ask for?

How about the salvation of your entire family? Ask! We know it’s not His will that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). When we ask in agreement with His Word, He hears and goes to work. Also, ask the Lord to use you! Make yourself available to be used in whatever way He sees fit to reach your family, and others. Pray big!

How about praying out the dreams in your heart? Have you asked for doors to be opened, to be in the right place at the right time, for favor and grace? For God to take the seemingly impossible and make it possible? Ask big!

James 1 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights! None of us want to find out when we get to Heaven that God had all kinds of presents ready to come down for us, but we never asked for them! Ask! He wants to bless you, prosper you, and help you succeed -- for your enjoyment and so you can be a blessing to others! Today, make a decision to focus on asking BIG...and watch and see what the Lord will do in and through your life!

Say This: “Father, thank You that everything I ask in accordance with Your Word, You provide! Lord, with faith that nothing is impossible for You, today I ask for ________. (Ask for BIG things here!) And I ask You, Lord, for the salvation of all my friends and family. Use me, Lord, to reach others for Christ. Thank You that I am blessed to be a blessing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

IT'S ALL GOOD

Jennifer Cole

When the waves of a life storm come crashing through, it can be all too easy to feel swept up in them. But friends, let me encourage you today -- lift up your eyes, focus on Jesus and saturate your heart with what He says about you! Below are several faith statements and the Scriptures they’re based on...to get you stirred up in the HOPE and LOVE that He has for you!

>> I encourage you to speak these out loud and make them part of your daily life. You’ll be amazed at how much this will encourage you!

He always causes me to triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)

I am an overcomer -- and I am more than a conqueror -- through faith. (Romans 8:37)

I am surrounded with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)

No good thing would He withhold from me! (Psalm 84:11)

If God is for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)

By His stripes, I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Be encouraged y’all...be encouraged! God is good, and He’s good all the time. His Word is living and active, so speak it aloud as often as possible...doing so will increase your faith and send the Word to fulfill what God wants for your life!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your Word and the encouragement I receive from it as I speak it and believe it. Thank You for blessing me, caring for me and loving me. I choose to keep my eyes on You and what Your Word says about me...so I can live the victorious, faith-filled Christian life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS

Jennifer Cole

Did you know...God has a lot to say about your life? Check this out…

In Psalm 139 He says that YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made.

In Jeremiah 29:11 He says He has good plans for YOUR life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 He says His grace is sufficient for YOU, and His power is made perfect in your weakness.

In James 1:17 He says the gifts He gives YOU are good and perfect.

In Matthew 11:28 He says you can come to Him with heavy burdens and He’ll give YOU rest.

In Philippians 4:13 He says YOU can do all things through His strength.

>>Wherever you are or whatever you find yourself facing today, you can remain confident that YOU were made for THIS.

I pray that you’ll be encouraged today -- whatever “this” is in your life...He’s got you.

Say This: “Father, thank You that You have my back, You believe in me, and You have great things in store for me. Lord, I ask You to be the Lord of my life, and I choose to follow Your Word and seek after Your wisdom. Thank You that there’s nothing I’ll ever face alone -- You’ll always be with me, helping and strengthening me! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

YOUR NEW FAVORITE BOOTS

Jennifer Cole

Overloaded, stressed and busy -- life is moving at a rapid pace these days! How are you handling it? Are you feeling fried, or energized? With so many demands, choices and obligations, not to mention all of the technology coming at us from every side, it can become overwhelming.

But...here’s the secret to not getting run over by the crazy fast pace of life...we simply need to tap into God’s grace for the pace! Simply put, grace for the pace is when God Almighty gives us a supernatural deposit or endowment of inner strength, energy, gifting, ability, know-how, understanding, knowledge and favor which first leads us to salvation and then helps us stand in victory and serve God.

Grace is His free gift to man. What a gift -- that God Almighty would impart His grace to us and that grace would supernaturally help us succeed in whatever we face! When we truly receive God’s grace for the pace, we receive His ability to function at the pace life requires of us.

>>God’s grace helps us with the stressed and overloaded pace we often face. We need God’s grace for the pace!

I once heard it said that people think the term “grace” is like a pair of fluffy bunny slippers...nice and soft, but not really of any practical value in everyday life. But, what grace truly is like is a pair of combat boots! God’s grace (“combat boots” in this analogy) equips you to walk through whatever terrain you’ll face that day. It makes you more resilient, protected and equipped! Don’t walk through the gravel and sharp rocks up ahead without your combat boots on!

You see, if you have grace...life will start to feel like a well-greased machine. There’s a flow. There’s supernatural ease. You know when to say yes, and when to say no. Whatever you need to know, be, or do -- God wants to grace you in such a way that you have His supernatural ability in that area. Grace is huge! Can you see how wonderful God’s grace is?

On the flip side of the coin, without grace you will eventually burn out and resent the very things you once loved. Without grace you’ll do what you have to do, but eventually you’ll start to feel like a “flat-liner” in life and experience a sense of detachment.

Without grace, you function but there’s no unction. You survive, but you do not thrive. You may be skilled, but you are not fulfilled. You live and die, but never know why. Are you getting the picture here? Without God’s grace for the pace, we can end up with sorrow and regret, when it’s all said and done.

So...don’t let that be your story! God’s mercies are new every morning. He doesn’t ever run short on His supply of grace -- ask Him for grace for the pace in your life! His grace will help you navigate the twists and turns of life, and despite any challenges, to remaining standing. Check out what Romans 5:2 says about grace: “Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God” (AMPC).

Isn’t that encouraging? God, through supernatural deposits of His grace into your life, will equip you with everything you need to stand and succeed in life. Keep tapping into His grace each and every day, and you’ll experience just how powerful -- and absolutely essential -- His grace is for your daily life!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your grace! Lord, I ask You for more deposits of grace for the pace into my life, please. Help me to tap into Your grace each and every day, so I can carry out all of the wonderful plans You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

BORROW MORE VESSELS

Jennifer Cole

Last week we looked at 2 Kings 4 and learned how God can supernaturally multiply what you DO have to help you with what you DON’T yet have! (I encourage you to read last week’s devo if you haven’t had a chance yet!) Today, let’s look at that story again -- but dive into a different aspect of it. Let’s uncover a very profound yet very basic truth about how miracles come to pass.

Let’s take a look again at this story, found in 2 Kings 4:1-7:

“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.’

So Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ And she said, ‘Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.’ Then he said, ‘
Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.’

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her,
‘There is not another vessel.’ So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.’” (NKJV)

What stands out to me as a pattern in this story is this: (1) God gives direction or guidance, (2) the woman DOES something, and (3) the miracles occur. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the trap of thinking that if we just ask God for what we need or desire, He’ll instantly make it appear. While for sure God does give us a “suddenly” answer at times, most often I’ve seen it follow the 3-step pattern we see in the story above.

Notice the first instruction -- go borrow empty vessels from all your neighbors. What would that have been like for her? Going from neighbor’s home to neighbor’s home, asking to borrow their empty vessels. How would she explain why she needed them? And then there’s the logistics of it all...hauling those vessels to her home, going out to borrow some more, hauling those home...you get the idea!

But, how important her efforts were! As she began pouring out the little bit of oil she had God touched it and it began to multiply and fill her vessels! The oil stopped miraculously multiplying when the last vessel was filled. What if she had only put in the effort to gather one or two vessels? Or gave in to the snide remarks the neighbors may have been making, or gave heed to thoughts of doubt about what on earth she was doing? Thank goodness she put in the effort to gather many vessels!

>>The miracle she experienced was directly aligned with the size of her faith AND actions, combined!

And, we don’t just see it there...let’s now talk about what happened after those vessels were filled. She then had to go sell them -- the oil itself wasn’t going to pay the debt. The widow had to go sell the oil, so that she’d have enough money to pay the debt and then some funds for her and her sons to live on.

What if she had given up at this point? What if she was feeling tired, discouraged, in doubt, scared...or any other such emotion? Perhaps she didn’t have any “sales” experience. Maybe it took all she could to muster up the courage to go sell in the marketplace, to figure out how much to charge and how to complete a sale. Not to mention the logistics again...getting all of those vessels to the marketplace...and what about explaining to customers where that oil came from!

But again, she remained strong in faith that God was going to help her sell it all, and she combined that with her actions of actively selling all of the oil until it was gone. She did what God showed her to do...all through His power and might but combining that with her elbow-grease...and then she saw the full miracle come to pass.

Friends, I encourage you today to look at what miracles you’re seeking the Lord for...and ask Him to show you what actions you can take to help carry out the miracles He has in store for you. We have a vital role to play in seeing miracles through to full fruition...so let’s not be passive about it! Definitely don’t quit, don’t stop short, don’t doubt. Seeing a miracle come to pass in your life is worth every single minute of effort that we can supply!

Say This: “Father, thank You that You love me and it’s Your will that my life be blessed, both for my household’s benefit and to bless others. Thank You for Your miracle-working power in my life! I seek You today, asking You to please show me the steps I can take to help participate in Your bringing my miracle to completion. I’m ready to put in the effort and watch You work multiplying, above-and-beyond miracles in my life! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”