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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.”

SEND FEAR PACKING

Jennifer Cole

“Every promise from the faithful God is pure and proves to be true. He is a wrap-around shield of protection for all his lovers who run to hide in him.” Proverbs 30:5 TPT

I love that term -- “wrap-around shield of protection” -- isn’t that such a great picture of God’s protection for each of us?

Let’s face it, if you turn on the news or scroll through social media for even just a few minutes, there’s enough going on in the world that just a few words or images can send fear straight to your heart. If this continues, before you know it, you’re struggling with fear, anxiety, heavy levels of concern -- and at a certain point, you can find yourself feeling fearful all the time, which for sure steals the joy out of life.

So friends, my encouragement to you today is to let Proverbs 30:5 marinate in your heart. Speak it aloud and claim it in faith. And when fear tries to creep in again, speak the verse again!

>>The spoken Word of God moves mountains...that includes fear and anxiety mountains!

Take a second today to write this verse on a sticky note -- then put it on your mirror or on your car dashboard. Put it wherever you need reminders of His protection!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your wrap-around shield of protection. I speak in faith that You protect and guide me, and in Jesus’ name I speak to fear and anxiety ‘mountains’ and tell them to MOVE! My heart and mind are at peace thanks to Your love and protection. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

let's unwrap this gift!

Jennifer Cole

When you purchase a special gift for a child, a friend or someone you love -- and then once you get it all wrapped up and tied with a bow -- aren’t you excited to watch them open it? You want them to enjoy it and be blessed by whatever’s inside that beautifully curated box, right?

When it comes to our spiritual lives, there is a great parallel. Jesus purchased great gifts for us and for a variety of reasons many believers have not yet received, opened or experienced His gifts! Today, let’s dive into -- better yet, let’s receive and unwrap -- one of God’s wonderful gifts. 

The gift I am talking about is the Holy Spirit! Specifically, God has “gifted” us with two experiences we can have with the Holy Spirit.

>>Friends, this is not going to be just “nice to know” information -- seriously, these two experiences are game-changers! Let’s take a look at each of them.

The first gift we can experience -- and absolutely the most important and essential for each of us -- is the gift of being “born of the Spirit.” This is the Holy Spirit coming to live within us. This happens when we get saved, when we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our life. 

We see this mentioned in 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV): “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” We also see it again in John 14:17 (AMP): “The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.”

Absolutely, being “born of the Spirit” -- our salvation and eternal destination -- is the best gift and takes center stage. But, the story doesn’t end with us being saved and having the Holy Spirit take up residence in our hearts...there’s more! 

The Bible talks about another gift the Holy Spirit brings to our lives. This gift is known as being baptized with the Spirit...this happens when we receive the Spirit, and He fills us and comes upon us.

In Acts 1:4-5, we encounter Jesus talking to some of the apostles soon after His resurrection. He encourages them with this: “Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit’” (NLT).

Another verse that helps shed light on this gift...this second experience of the Holy Spirit...is seen in Acts 2:4: “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…” (NKJV). In that verse, “they” referred to a group of believers -- those who were already saved -- who then experienced more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came “upon” them...they were “filled” with the Holy Spirit.

Today, I want to encourage each of you, friends, to dig into the Word and find out more about what God has to say about being born of and filled with the Spirit. Both experiences are free gifts we simply unwrap by believing and receiving them. Be hungry and thirsty for all that He has for you, don’t leave a gift unwrapped!

Why am I so passionate about helping you experience these gifts? Here’s why…  When you are born of the Spirit, you become a new person in Christ -- you’re forgiven and made righteous in God's sight and given eternal life! This is huge and life-changing! If you have never received this gift, you can do it today. Just pray the sample prayer below -- today’s YOUR day!

When you are filled with the Spirit, you’ll have a whole new level of power and ability to live out the victorious, world-changing Christian life and a fresh boldness to share the Gospel with others. If you’re tired of living the “roller coaster” Christian life or just feeling like you can never quite live the life you feel called to as a believer...this is the gift you need to open today! 

Being born of and filled with the Holy Spirit are game-changers, and I’m so excited for you to experience these gifts! Here are the two prayers you can pray right now...

Prayer to be born of the Spirit -- salvation: “Father, thank You for sending Jesus to the cross to die for my sins so that I can be reconciled to You! I don’t want to spend a single moment apart from You, in this life on earth and for eternity. Jesus, I invite You into my heart today and ask You to be the Lord of my life! Thank You for Your great love for me and for saving me. Today’s my day -- thank You Holy Spirit for causing me to be born again and from this day forward, I am born of the Spirit and Jesus is my Lord! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit -- empowerment: “Father, I ask You in Jesus’ Name to fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may receive the fullness of Your Spirit. Lord, I want to have power to be a witness for You. I want to be able to praise You from my innermost being, and I want to speak Your Word boldly. Jesus, I believe You are the baptizer, so I ask You to baptize me in the Spirit. I believe I receive the Holy Spirit coming upon me now. 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."

What About The 90 Percent

Jennifer Cole

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7, NLT

I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg of how good God truly is! As you’ve probably heard, the huge mass of an iceberg is only 10% visible above the water -- while the vast 90% is resting beneath the surface.

What if we have only yet grasped the “10%”...I mean, how much more blessed are we in Christ than we realize? How much more loving is our Heavenly Father than we truly grasp? How incredibly generous has He been, when maybe we haven’t fully understood or seen all His workings behind the scenes? Do we know all the depths of how good God is? And how favored we are by Him? Perhaps it will take eternity to grasp!

Doesn’t this just stir you up? It does for me! I am so amazed each day at how extravagant His love is for me and how rich His blessings and favor are...so to even think that what I have tasted and seen is quite possibly only the tip of the iceberg -- the hypothetical “10%” -- wow, that makes me crave to know Him so much more!

Today, do you need a refreshing dose of the revelation of His amazing love in your life? A personal acquaintance with the goodness of God is a revelation that He alone imparts. As we spend time in His Word, the Holy Spirit will open our spiritual eyes to help us "see" the glorious riches of our inheritance in Christ. Seek after Him relentlessly and never stop!

Say This: “Father, wow -- thank You that Your love for me is so vast that there is always more and more I can learn and discover about Your goodness. I will seek after You all the days of my life! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”