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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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WHY DID HE ASK FOR WISDOM?

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever wondered why Solomon asked God for wisdom? Do you remember the story...God said to ask Him for ANYTHING...and Solomon asks for wisdom? How many of us feel like we maybe wouldn’t have had as “holy” a request? Let’s see if we can find clues as to why he did this, as we revisit the story from 1 Kings 3:5-14 NLT --

“That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!’ Solomon replied…’Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?’

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, ‘Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.’”

It doesn’t seem like Solomon asked for wisdom because he wanted to sound holy or was trying to impress God. He didn’t ask for wisdom when he secretly wanted to ask for that new Mercedes instead. Rather -- he had discovered that wisdom is foundational for being successful in all areas of life! If wisdom is knowing what to do and when to do it -- if it’s being able to discern truth and make correct decisions -- then wisdom truly has tremendous value!

He wanted to do a great job serving the people God had entrusted to him -- he wanted to be filled with wisdom from the Lord to be a great leader. God loved Solomon’s priorities and his heart in asking for this -- and then God went ahead and blessed him with everything else! Wow!

Let’s be people who seek after wisdom too -- we all need wisdom from the Lord to serve others and do the best we can at whatever we’re called to do! Here’s a great promise to stand on as we pray for wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” James 1:5 NIV. Let’s pray and ask the Lord today for more wisdom!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your Word says I can ask for wisdom and You’ll generously supply it to me -- Lord, I ask for wisdom! Help me to serve and lead those in my life with Your wisdom, and fill me with wisdom to do the tasks You’ve called me to do with excellence, discernment and joy! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

PEOPLE WITH A DEEP WELL DO WELL

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever known a person who just seems to be “unsinkable?” Someone with true-blue faith, who seems to walk above the waves in a stormy season, who seems to rebound no matter what the setback, who seems calm, cool and collected despite the drama happening around them?

>>I would guess they have a DEEP WELL.

If you’re craving that kind of life for yourself -- get a deep well! A deep well comes from spending time with the Lord, meditating upon His Word, seeking Him in prayer, resting in His love, listening to His voice, trusting His guidance, following His prompts, serving His cause, and loving what He loves.

When you have a deep well, He continually fills you with rivers of living water that refresh you while you refresh others. So no matter what life throws at you or what situations are “draining” your water -- when you have rivers of His water pouring in, you never run out! And, you have an abundance that will help refresh others too.

We see Jesus mention these rivers of living water in John 7:37-38: “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’’”

Ask the Lord today to help you deepen your well –- and then bust out that Bible, get to praying, follow His lead -- and get those living waters flowing!

Say This: “Father, thank You for rivers of living water! Help me to deepen my well, so I can do well in life no matter the circumstances. May I be refreshed in You and also help refresh others. Thank You that You guide me, fill me, lead me and love me! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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.”

IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?

Jennifer Cole

Feeling run over, under-appreciated, overlooked, tired of trying? Are you thinking about quitting? Before you do, think about this...

>>Maybe you are exactly where you’re meant to be.

Perhaps every step in your path has worked to position you right where you are, for such a time as this. Just like Esther, who found herself in the right place at the right time to help save many people’s lives, “...who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NKJV).

There is something that needs to be done and people who need to be helped, encouraged or led...and maybe that’s exactly why you are where you are -- to have that impact! You can do this! If not you, then who? Keep going, don’t quit...you are here for such a time as this.

Say This: “Father, thank You that You work all things together for my good. I believe You’re positioning me to make a difference and that You will equip me for such a time as this. Help me to rest in You, and please fill my sails with fresh new wind. Help me to keep going and not quit! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

BLESSED. FILLED. HEALED.

Jennifer Cole

Today I’m praying this over you, my friends!

BE BLESSED. (3 John 2)
BE FILLED. (Acts 2:4)
BE HEALED. (Psalm 103:1-5)

God has given us so many pathways for experiencing and accessing His blessings, His infilling and His healing power. Below are 11 of my favorite routes...and if you look up the associated Scriptures and get these basic truths in your spirit, they will be game-changers for you!

Be led by the Spirit. (Romans 8:14)
Know and believe the love God has for you. (1 John 4:19)
Rest in Jesus, receive His finished work and yield to His Spirit. (Acts 2)
Employ your faith. (Mark 11:23-24)
Believe God and His Word. (Mark 9:23)
Forgive anyone of anything. (Mark 11:25)
Ask a believer to lay hands on you in Jesus’ name. (Mark 16:17-18)
Ask church leaders to pray and anoint you with oil. (James 5:13-16)
Use wisdom and live in moderation. (Proverbs 3:5-10)
Pray and talk to your parents, your pastor, your doctor and other God-appointed people in your life to seek their wisdom and counsel. (Proverbs 15:22)
Keep your tongue from speaking words contrary to love and faith. (1 Peter 3:10)

Write these out on index cards, tape this up on your mirror, read through the list over your morning coffee each day...do whatever you can do to get these basic -- but life-changing -- truths deep into your heart! As you do so, look out...because being blessed, filled and healed is sure to follow!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your Word is living and active, and as I intentionally learn the Word and plant it like seeds of life into my heart, You will guide me on the path to being blessed, filled and healed! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”