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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.”

Can I Pray For You Today?

Jennifer Cole

“...The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16, AMPC

You’re on my heart today...would it be alright with you if I pray for you today? I’m praying the following prayer over you -- and if you’re in agreement, join in with your “Amen!” after you read it and receive it!

“Father, I thank You for each and every Basics Daily Devo reader all across the world. It is by no mistake that they are here on this earth for such a time as this. I ask You to fill them with Your Word, give them Your wisdom to distinguish the truth in every circumstance, to not grow weary in well-doing, to always believe the best in others, to be intentionally and abundantly generous, and to see Your glorious presence in their lives this year to a whole new level! I thank You that the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus and the angels of God surround and protect each and every Basics Daily Devo reader and their loved ones. You have a divine purpose for each of them and today I ask that You guide and direct them along that path and give them the courage, strength and support they need to live every single day for You! Help them all to be soul winners for Christ and bright lights in this world that draw people to Jesus everywhere they go. Thank You for blessing them exceedingly and abundantly beyond what they could ever ask think or imagine! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Love ya!
Beth

The Power of Consistency

Jennifer Cole

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth…” Prov 4:23-24, Message

As we are embracing the beginning of this brand new year, it’s a great time to pause a moment and take inventory of our lives based on a key word...congruent.

Congruent means to be consistent, in agreement and identical. When applied to our “public” lives versus our “private” lives, this becomes a super important word. After all, we should be the same person in public who we are in private. What does a congruent lifestyle look like? If we lead people to the Lord from the pulpit or when people are watching, we should be proactive about leading people to the Lord in our private lives, too. If we pray tear-filled, passionate prayers in leading a prayer meeting, we ought to pray the same way in our private prayer closet. If we suggest to everyone else to tithe and give to the gospel, we should be leading the charge by tithing and giving as much or more. 

It’s not healthy to live life one way in front of others, and live a different way in our private life. We shouldn’t talk out of both sides of our mouth. We each need to be wholly who we are for Christ -- no matter who is or isn’t watching. That congruent lifestyle will bring more peace to your life overall -- and, it will increase your impact for Christ because your life will be such a strong, consistent testimony!

Sometimes it’s obvious to us where we need to increase our congruence -- and at other times we may have a blind spot that we need help seeing. I encourage you to seek the Lord for His grace and wisdom either way! Through our congruent lifestyle, let’s make 2018 the year we have an even greater impact on our sphere of influence for Christ!

Say This: “Father, I desire to have my life be a great testimony of Your love, goodness and blessings. Please help me be a stronger testimony through being fully congruent in my public and private life. If there are any areas where I can become more congruent, please make those visible to me -- and I lean on and require Your grace and wisdom to bring those areas into alignment with all the best You have for me! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
 

Audience of One

Jennifer Cole


"The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that." Proverbs 29:25, Message

Living for an “audience of One” is the secret to being truly free. When we live to please the Lord and walk in a manner worthy of Him…that's all that really matters. 

Let’s take a moment to look at the opposite of that...what if we live with the constant fear of human opinion? Well, when we are overly concerned about what others think -- whether we meet with their approval or disapproval -- our judgment becomes blurred and we veer from our core values. When we find ourselves saying or doing things merely to please people, or not saying and not doing certain things to please people, we become men-pleasers rather than God-pleasers. Bottom line is this type of fear disables us from walking in the kind of life God wants for us.

So, what do we do? Seek God's approval and accept the fact that we'll never have a 100% approval rating from others. Be okay with that. Don't be disabled by the opinions of others...instead, trust the Lord and accept these truths:

1. Some people like you; some people don’t.
2. Some people admire and respect you; some people despise and hate you.
3. Some people agree with you; some people like to argue with you.
4. Some people encourage you; some people criticize and tear you down.
5. Some people rejoice with you; some people rain on your parade.
6. Some people are thrilled with the changes in your life; some people dismiss it.
7. Some people love to see you break out of stereotypical paradigms; some people get mad.
8. Some people approve of your spouse, kids, hair, clothes, hobbies, style; some people dislike the whole package.
9. Some people see your potential; some people are threatened by it.
10. Some people are happy when you're blessed and successful; some people are jealous.

Let's go for the praise that comes from God! If you've found the opinions of others disabling you -- make a change today. Trust in the Lord. When you are confident and clear in your heart that your decisions, actions and words are pleasing to the Lord then move forward...full steam ahead!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your opinion of me is the one the truly counts. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You and not to be overly concerned with the opinions of others. Thank  You that I know Your voice and it’s the voice I choose to follow! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Let's Do This!

Jennifer Cole

I want to put a screeching halt to the enemy’s plans and help you to successfully live this faith-adventure known as the Christian life! I want to help you “get the basics, live the life and do the stuff!" I want to empower you with a working knowledge of the Bible basics so you have wisdom and can discern what God is up to in your life. To do that, will you join me for our "14-Day Basics Reboot?" It’s FREE...and it all kicks off on February 1, 2018!

What is the Basics Reboot

Every day for 14-days, you'll receive an email in your inbox that will include a short video where I will teach you a Bible basic and livable truth from God’s Word. It will also include a short devotional where I will encourage you with the practical tips on how to use the weapons we've been given to live out God's plan. And, you’ll receive motivating quotes and inspiring images to remind you of the basics -- you can use these as screensavers or for posting on your social media.

This 14-Day Basics Reboot will be very real and raw -- and super practical. I will share personal lessons I’ve learned and what’s worked for me -- and the most important pivot points that marked trajectory changes for my life! You can’t live the life God has called you to if you don’t know the enemy you face, the rules of engagement and the weapons you’ve been given. We will make sure you are armed and dangerous to the devil. 

Gone will be the days of living the roller coaster Christian life and feeling defeated and insignificant before you start. God has big plans for you and big things for you to do! I will guide you into how to live a faith-filled life, empowered by the Spirit. 

So my friend, let’s do the 14-Day Basics Reboot together. We will Get the basics. Live the life. Do the stuff. You can snag your spot today for the FREE 14-Day Basics Reboot. It all starts February 1! Just go HERE to make sure you're on the list!

And, below is just a sampling of some of the topics you'll learn -- I can't wait to see you in the 14-Day Basics Reboot!!