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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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FORGET YOUR AGE, LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Jennifer Cole

There are 72 year olds running marathons. 96 year olds still writing books. 10 year olds developing apps. 53 year olds going to med school. 19 year olds running for office. 38 year olds going to the mission field. 25 year olds building houses. 60 year olds starting churches

Age is just a number. Don’t limit what God can do in and through you by letting age be a limitation! Here’s your permission slip. Go! Fulfill the dreams God has put in your heart! As we see in Matthew 19:26 TPT: “...what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!” What He has put in your heart is never impossible with Him guiding you!

>>And, remember that God wants you to succeed!!

Your Heavenly Father wants you to experience the fulfillment of the dreams He has placed in your heart. Psalm 35:27 AMP says: “...Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” He gets pleasure when you prosper and succeed! Isn’t that a great picture of His heart towards you?

So, friends, I encourage you to do something TODAY that moves you closer to your dreams. You’re neither too young nor too old -- so go for it!

Say This: “Father, thank You that You’ve placed dreams in my heart and that through You all of those dreams are possible! Thank You that You delight when I prosper, and Lord I ask You to help me succeed. Please teach me and guide me, so these dreams You’ve put in my heart can come to pass in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

THE LIGHT IS GREEN

Jennifer Cole

What dreams has the Lord put in your heart? What purpose have you been too scared to pursue? What mountain seems too high to climb, what vision seems too far out of reach? In a world full of reasons “why not”...today I want to encourage you on why you absolutely should go for it!

Friends, whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The truth is, it’ll always feel impossible. There is never a “perfect” time so stop waiting for that! Too much time and opportunity can pass by while you assume you are not ready. Too young. Too old. You’ll be convinced you don’t have enough money or the right connections. Or the know how. The reasons “not to” may seem endless...just fill in the blank!

>>But here’s what you need to know...

Unless the Lord says “stop!” -- Jesus already said “go!” It’s time to go for it! And remember this: “For nothing will be impossible with God” Luke 1:37 ESV.

Y’all, the light is green...take that step of faith!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the dreams You’ve put in my heart. With faith and courage, today I choose to move towards those dreams and ask You to help guide me every step of the way. Thank You that nothing is impossible with You on my side! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

DON'T LIVE ON THE STRUGGLE BUS

Jennifer Cole

Sometimes I’m asked “why the basics?” Why am I investing my life into helping people get the basics of faith? Why not dive into “deep” topics instead?

Here’s the truth of the matter...without knowing and applying the Bible basics in life, we’re destined to live life on the struggle bus. That’s why it’s the basics...the fundamental truths from God’s Word...that our enemy in life (the devil) works overtime to keep us from learning and putting into practice.

So what are the Bible basics? Are they trivial, non-essential things that are “beneath” us? Nope! They are the starting point...the essentials...fundamentals...they are pivotal, preliminary, quintessential, key, focal, critical, primary, cardinal and foundational. No matter how long we’ve known the Lord or how many times we’ve read our Bibles -- none of us ever “graduates” from the basics. It’s like the very foundation of your home...everything else in life rests upon how solid that basic foundation is, and continues to be!

>>Think about how important the foundation of your house is. The Bible basics are like that...they’re the very foundation for your LIFE!

The Bible basics are things like how to become a Christian...how to know for sure where you’ll spend eternity...how to know Jesus and hear His voice...how to get answers to prayers...how to use your faith to see results...how to be filled with the Holy Spirit...how to reign in life and lots of other basic things!

Let’s make the choice today to not live on the struggle bus! Rather, let’s invest in growing in our faith through hearing what the Word says on each of the fundamental Bible basics. What could our lives look like by next year, if we made an intentional effort to get to know more and more of the Bible basics...and put them into practice?

Here’s one idea...what if you took one Bible basic per month this year and dove into it? Listened to sermons and podcasts about it, read your Bible to find everything you could on that topic, read books by faith-filled authors and sought the Lord for wisdom on how to apply all of that to your life? Saturate your heart with what the Word says about that Bible basic. I have no doubt it would change your life!

How can I be sure of that? Well, the Bible is not some dusty old book...it’s a living, breathing roadmap for life...what a blessing from the Lord! We see this truth in verses like these:

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

The Bible is alive and active...so, even when we read verses we’ve already read before, God will show us layers upon layers of new understanding from those verses and how we can apply it to our lives. And, because the Word always accomplishes and prospers...getting the Word into our hearts is the greatest investment we can make into our lives.

Continuing to grow in the Bible basics is how we get off the struggle bus and take our seat with Christ, to reign in life through the authority He has given us. Let’s get passionate about learning and growing in the basics...make this YOUR year to strengthen the foundation of your life!

Say This: “Father, thank You that as I invest in learning the Bible basics, You help me understand them and build my life upon them. Lord, help me to apply what I learn from Your Word into my life, and thank You for helping to stir up in me the ongoing desire to keep learning and growing as I walk through life with You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

PROTECTION & PROVISIONS

Jennifer Cole

YOU are here on earth on a mission! Earth isn’t even your real home...isn’t that incredible and also like…whoa!? But, seeing everything through that “lens” brings so much richness to everyday life! I mean, have you ever paused to really consider the fact that you have dual citizenship as a Christian? Yes, in the “natural” you are a citizen of your country here on earth, but you are truly a citizen of Heaven!

Let’s not brush that off as cliche or just something that would make a pleasant meme to post on social media. This has real significance to how you view your life!

So let’s talk about it…

When you are a citizen who goes “on assignment” somewhere else, you become an ambassador. You live, work and have influence at that location, but your supplies and support come from the sending country. As children of God, with our citizenship in Heaven, everything we do here on earth is as an ambassador for Heaven. Why is this important? Every ambassador is backed by the support, protection and provisions of the sending country. For believers, that means that while we’re on assignment here on planet earth, we are backed by ALL of Heaven and have its FULL support and provisions!

We see this in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (ESV).

As ambassadors, we are on assignment to share the Good News with our family, friends, coworkers, teachers, person in the plane sitting next to us, grocery store clerk, barista, yoga instructor...everyone in our sphere of influence! And -- we can do so with the total confidence that Heaven’s got our backs!

>>All of Heaven is backing YOU as Christ’s ambassador on earth!

So how do we activate Heaven’s backing? Or even know what all of the support and protection entails? By reading and applying the Word of God -- the Bible!

Heaven’s provisions don’t help us much if we don’t know about them! So how can we learn more? Read the promises God has given us in the Bible. Listen to faith-filled sermons, podcasts and audiobooks about God’s promises and provisions.

God has promised us SO much as it relates to our safety, health, relationships, favor, blessings, wisdom, and so much more! As you believe in and walk out those promises and provisions, you’ll see first-hand the incredible support that Heaven has in place for you in the very special role you play on earth...as Christ’s ambassador!

Say This: “Father, thank You for saving me and calling me to be an ambassador for Christ here on this earth. Help me to learn more and more about the support, protection and provisions that Heaven is backing me with. Thank You for the joy of getting to share the Good News with others, and I pray that You’ll open doors for me to share Jesus with those in my sphere of influence. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

WIRED THIS WAY FOR A REASON

Jennifer Cole

As a kid, did you ever play with a kaleidoscope? Do you remember holding it up to one eye, aiming it towards a source of light and then gently turning the end -- and watching the beautiful, colorful scene change bit-by-bit, turn-by-turn? Many tiny pieces were weaving together in a new way with every twist...each new pattern formed was intricate and unique.

Sometimes I picture God’s view of us being like that...each of us is our own little piece of His grand masterpiece. As we all join together for the cause of Christ and as we serve together in our local church -- it’s like a constantly changing, interwoven kaleidoscope of gifts and talents.

We can see a bit about these talents, or “motivational” gifts, in Romans 12:6-8: In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly” (NLT).

You have gifts and talents that God has instilled in you. What can be funny about talents is, at times, we can flow in them so effortlessly that we think it’s just “ordinary” or “everyone must be like this.” But I encourage you today to spend some time truly thinking about what your talents may be.

>> Not everyone is good at what you’re good at -- start to see the special gifts you have and unpack what God has put within you!

Here are a few examples to stir up your thoughts: Do you have a love of numbers, and would spending hours and hours pouring over extensive spreadsheets give you satisfaction? Do you love to bake, decorate and host get-togethers in your home? Can you see someone’s need before they ever say a word, and send them just the right note or gift to help them? Do you somehow seem to end up leading just about everything you get involved in?

Whether your gifts may be hospitality, gift-giving, mercy, leadership...or any one of innumerable talents...God gave you that special wiring intentionally! It’s important that we start to see our gifts, so that we can also start to see how God can use our gifts to bless our lives and bless those around us too. This is also true for our local church -- our gifts can help grow the Church and help share the Good News across our cities and the world.

So, friends, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or tea!) and have some quiet time with the Lord today...ask Him to help you see the special talents He’s woven into you and ask Him to show you how to use those talents to help make a difference in your life and in the lives of others!

Say This: “Father, thank You that You’ve given me gifts and talents. You’ve wired me a special way and I ask You to help me see more clearly than ever what those gifts and talents are. Please help me to see new ways in which to use those talents to serve You in my local church and to help those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”