Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 30, 2014
JB23“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ Deuteronomy 33:26-27 (NIV)

Have you ever felt the heavy weight of discouragement in trying to stand in the battles for what is righteous, honorable and true? The word Jeshurun in this verse is often used instead of the name Israel, God’s chosen people, and also implies one who is straight, upright and just. Therefore this scripture exhorts us that the God of those who stand upright and straight for justice, His chosen ones, He rides the winds of the clouds across the heavens in all of His majestic power to come come to your help. He declares that He is your secure refuge and that He upholds you close to His heart in the everlasting strength of His arms; defending you in battle and promising to destroy your enemies! Be encouraged, for truly, there is no one like our God!

 

Growing in Hearing from God by Conny Hubbard

fp082805-09I’ve been thinking about how my hearing from God has changed over the years. When I got radically saved out of much darkness at the age of 28 I heard God speak in my heart so clearly. I could write down what He said word by word. Then as I grew spiritually He began to teach me about listening to the still small voice. I had to learn to get quiet and take time to listen. There were often no clear distinct words but it was more of a sense of what He was communicating. Often, acting upon His direction proved to me whether I had heard right or not.

Then, it seemed there was a long time when God seemed to withdraw further. During that time He showed me that He was guiding me with His eyes. Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Whenever I heard people talking about hearing from God and I’d complain to God that I was not hearing what they seemed to be hearing, He would give me this scripture. He was working on me to make me even more sensitive to His leading.

I had a sweet time of communion with God the other day. I didn’t hear any words but there was so much my heavenly Father communicated to my spirit that it would take at least ten pages to write it all down. I felt filled up and satisfied deep within and I came away knowing and sensing a piece of His heart. God has such a deep longing in His heart for intimacy with His beloved and He longs to share His heart with us.

Lately, there seems to be more of a focus on my life on looking to see what God is saying. Dr. Mark Virkler teaches so well on this subject and it was through his teaching that I realized how a whole new realm of hearing from God opens up when we open our eyes to “see what He will say.”

Habakkuk 2:1 “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me…”

As I go through my days with my eyes open to the many ways God speaks through  nature, colors, symbols, and even high way signs, I am amazed at how much we can so easily miss if we don’t watch for it.

Hearing from God is life to me. So much healing came to my heart through hearing from Him. I put together a book with many journal entries where I recorded what God spoke to me in times of communion with Him. The book is called “So Loved – Embraced by His Love, Healed by His Word”

I will share a journal entry here. This is from page 70

 

Come To Me

My Precious One, you do well to take time often to come and be with Me. It is the joy of My heart to see My children longing for Me. I am with you. Rest. Trust. Be at peace. I will give you what you need. I will stir you and prompt you. Keep listening to My wisdom.

For those who seek after Me, I will even make their enemies be at peace with them.

My Child, let Me nourish you with My words. Receive My love.

 

Proverbs 16:7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, He causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Are Your Borders Secure ? by Beth Auman

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Each of us has been given a delegated rule of authority by God to secure the borders of territories and borders for ourselves as well as individuals that we are to secure and then to keep secure. These assignments are our portion and we are to keep our eyes on Jesus, our Salvation, to rule and reign on earth through Him. We are to take our place, seated with Him in Heavenly places to stand our watch over our assigned territories to see what He will say. He gives us guidance and direction daily. He will light our path.

The Lord assigns us each a border; a boundary in which to rule and reign with Him for His Kingdom purposes, to intercede over, to keep free of anything that would try to come into and take our land. To intercede for someone is to secure the border as the LORD brings wholeness to their fragmentation. In order to watch over and intercede over another’s life, our own borders must be secure. We must allow the LORD to bring wholeness to the wounds of our fragmentation and to secure our own borders first before we ask Him to increase our territory or there will be the fragmented praying for the fragmented and praying amiss!

We are to be well formed arrows created by the LORD that hit the target every single time. This can be accomplished, it is surely possible, but we must each yield to the LORD’s process first for personal VICTORY.

Oh, LORD in Heaven, Creator of the universe, please look upon each of us and allow us to see our fragmentation for what it is; to know we can only see clearly through the Blood of Jesus Christ shed for us. LORD, may we each find healing and freedom through the Blood of Jesus Christ from the broken, fragmented places within ourselves first and then be empowered to intercession for the fragmentation within our assignments secondly. LORD, we yield to and apply Your Blood upon every area of fragmentation within us. We ask that you open the eyes of our understanding so that we may see from Your perspective our fragmentation and yield to Your plan for wholeness through Your strategy for wholeness in our lives. LORD, we are willing to see the Truth that sets us free John 8:31-32 and yield the broken places within our being to You. We receive Your wholeness, for Your healing in us today. As we are healed from our fragmentations we will step by step secure our borders and we will see the fiery path in front of us that we are to walk. We realize LORD, that Your assigned  paths are narrow and we draw Your blood line around us. Keep us LORD, on Your well lit fiery path and keep us secure in You so that we may ask for the wholeness of others; to see their fragmentation yielded unto You for the strategy for their VICTORY. In Jesus name, Amen.

The LORD only calls us into a battle to be VICTORIOUS! As Pastor Robert Heidler says,“When we were born again we were born on a battlefield. We must understand Spiritual Warfare.”We must know this and see this in order to step into any battle, to move with His strategy for Victory. We must see and hear what He is saying because ultimately the battle is not ours, it is God’s 2 Chronicles 20:15. Jesus Christ said on the cross that “It is Finished.John 19:30 (The Voice) When Jesus drank, He spoke: Jesus: It is finished! In that moment, His head fell; and He gave up the spirit.

Then three days later Jesus arose from the dead. He WON! He is VICTORIOUS!! And through His shed Blood we have the key to our victory. But, we must allow Him to heal our fragmented selves to be whole through Him.

We are to take our seat in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6 Ask Him for His strategy and only speak what He says to speak and do what He says to do; nothing more, nothing less. Speaking only what we see Him saying and doing only doing what we see Him doing. John 5:19 (NASB) Therefore, Jesus answered and was saying to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

With Jesus as our example, we are to do the same. Seek to hear what the LORD says and do what He shows us He is doing. We are to take our seat in Christ Jesus in Heavenly Places allowing Him to make us whole and then do whatever He says to do and say whatever He says to say to secure the borders of our assigned territories.

When the Lord give us assignments to watch over and pray, He is actually giving each of us a new opportunity to win the victory by His grace and the power of His might to increase the borders of our assigned territories. When we win that victory we are to maintain that boarder or territory through prayer and intercession as He leads. I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He (The Lord) will say unto me… Habakkuk 2:1 (KJV)

Watchman what do you see? If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. He is giving you an opportunity to increase your territory. As the Lord’s watchmen, we are to watch over our borders, not those of our neighbors. We are to keep our eyes on Him. As long as we operate from within Him, led by the Holy Spirit, seated in heavenly places with Jesus, we can expect to be victorious. If we veer from our place within Him, adding any of ourselves, we will miss the mark every time. Don’t operate outside the authority that is yours in the Blood of Jesus Christ. By the healing power of His blood allow Him to heal all the wounds of fragmentation in your life and to make you whole. As declared in Isaiah 53:5, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities and by His stripes we are healed. Hear His word of instruction to you, receive the healing that is yours, then operate from His place of VICTORY! BE VICTORIOUS! Thank God, then, for our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, the Liberating King, who brought us victory over the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (VOICE)

When we take our place, seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and ask for our territory to be enlarged, our borders to be increased, doing what He does and saying what He says, He assigns us opportunities to assist others who are fragmented and not yet seated in Him.  He will direct us in our prayers and gives us the power to secure their boarders. Thus, He grants our request enlarging our delegated rule of authority and His Kingdom is extended on earth.

1 Chronicles 4:10 (NASB) Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!And God granted him what he requested.

Matthew 7:7 (NASB) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10.

We can see clearly, seated in heavenly places through the Blood of Jesus. Remember the LORD see’s everything, He alone knows all things and He alone answers prayers. There is always a strategy. The cross was the strategy that God used for our salvation and victory over sin and death. Many don’t understand this, but they need too. If we take our place in Christ Jesus and do our part in obedience to Him, territories for His Kingdom will be taken and we will be named among those who are the called, chosen and faithful.

Victory for the Lamb 14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful. Revelation 17:14 (NASB)

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 (NASB)

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Psalm 18 (VOICE)

For the worship leader. A song of David, the Eternal One’s servant, who addressed these words to the Eternal after He had rescued him from Saul and his other enemies.

This Davidic psalm is also found in 2 Samuel 22. It expresses gratitude to God for saving him.

I love You, Eternal One, source of my power. The Eternal is my rock, my fortress, and my salvation;     He is my True God, the stronghold in which I hide,     my strong shield, the horn that calls forth help, and my tall-walled tower. I call out to the Eternal, who is worthy to be praised—     that’s how I will be rescued from my enemies.

The bonds of death encircled me;     the currents of destruction tugged at me; The sorrows of the grave wrap around me;     the traps of death lay in wait for me.

In my time of need, I called to the Eternal;     I begged my True God for help. He heard my voice echo up to His temple,     and my cry came to His ears.

Because of His great anger, the earth shook and staggered;     the roots of the mountains shifted. Smoke poured out from His nose,     and devouring fire burst from His mouth.     Coals glowed from Him. He bent the heavens and descended;     inky darkness was beneath His feet. 10 He rode upon a heavenly creature,[a] flying;     He was carried quickly on the wings of the wind. 11 He took darkness as His hiding place—     both the dark waters of the seas and the dark clouds of the sky. 12 Out from His brilliance     hailstones and burning coals     broke through the clouds. 13 The Eternal thundered in the heavens;     the Highest spoke; His voice rumbled [in the midst of hail and lightning].[b] 14 He shot forth His arrows and scattered the wicked;     He flung forth His lightning and struck them. 15 Then the deepest channels of the seas were visible,     and the very foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Eternal One,     at the blast of wind from Your nostrils.

16 He reached down His hand from above me; He held me.     He lifted me from the raging waters. 17 He rescued me from my strongest enemy,     from all those who sought my death,     for they were too strong. 18 They came for me in the day of my destruction,     but the Eternal was the support of my life. 19 He set me down in a safe place;     He saved me to His delight; He took joy in me.

20 The Eternal One responded to me according to my goodness;     I kept my hands clean, and He blessed me. 21 I kept the ways of the Eternal     and have not walked away from my True God in wickedness. 22 All His laws were there before me,     and I did not push His statutes away. 23 I was blameless before Him;     I kept myself from guilt and shame. 24 That’s why the Eternal has rewarded me for my right living;     He’s rewarded me because He saw my hands were clean.

25 You are loyal to those who are loyal;     with the innocent, You prove to be innocent; 26 With the clean, You prove to be clean;     and with the twisted, You make Yourself contrary. 27 For You rescue humble people,     but You bring the proud back in line. 28 You are the lamp who lights my way;     the Eternal, my God, lights up my darkness. 29 With Your help, I can conquer an army;     I can leap over walls with a helping hand from You. 30 Everything God does is perfect;     the promise of the Eternal rings true;     He stands as a shield for all who hide in Him.

31 Who is the True God except the Eternal?     Who stands like a rock except our God? 32 The True God who encircled me with strength     and made my pathway straight. 33 He made me sure-footed as a deer     and placed me high up where I am safe. 34 He teaches me to fight     so that my arms can bend a bronze bow. 35 You have shielded me with Your salvation,     supporting me with Your strong right hand,     and it makes me strong. 36 You taught me how to walk with care     so my feet will not slip. 37 I chased my enemies and caught them     and did not stop until they were destroyed. 38 I broke them and threw them down beneath my feet,     and they could not rise up again. 39 For You equipped me for battle,     and You made my enemies fall beneath me. 40 You made my enemies turn tail and run,     and all who wanted my destruction, I destroyed. 41 They looked everywhere, but no one came to rescue them;     they asked the Eternal, but He did not answer them. 42 I beat them to sand, to dust that blows in the wind;     I flung them away like trash in the gutters.

43 You rescued me from conflict with the peoples;     You raised me up to rule over nations.     People who did not know me have come to serve me. 44 Strangers come to me, afraid.     As soon as they hear about me, they serve me; 45 Strangers who have lost heart     come fearfully to me from behind their high walls.

46 The Eternal is alive! My Rock is blessed,     and exalted is the True God of my deliverance— 47 The God who avenged me     and placed the peoples under me, 48 Who rescued me from all my foes.     Truly, You raised me up above my enemies     and saved me from the violent ones.

49 For this I will praise You among the nations, O Eternal,     and sing praises to Your name. 50 He is a tower of salvation for His king     and shows His enduring love to His anointed,     to David and his descendants forever.

Scripture of the Week By JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 24, 2014

JoBeth-3 Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t let your yesterday’s determine your tomorrow’s”? Are you trying to run your race still carrying the baggage and burdens of your yesterdays? You may remember watching how hard it is for a child learning to walk to keep from stumbling and falling when they keep looking back instead of focusing their eyes ahead. This scripture reminds us that in order to successfully run our race we need to stop looking back at the mistakes, problems, and even accomplishments or the joys of our yesterdays so we can reach for the blessings of today and the hope of our tomorrows. Therefore, in the Lord’s enabling grace, let go of anything in the past that would keep you from reaching for the future and the heavenly prize that is yours in Jesus.

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 17, 2014

10400001_10204306804055911_925629407769840756_nThe Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in his love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)

Have ever had or are currently having one of those hard times that seem like everything is just too much, too hard, or too impossible? This scripture reminds us that our God is with us as a warrior, fighting for us to bring victory in our difficult and seemingly impossible situations. We need to be reminded that as our Heavenly Father, He delights in us and rejoices over us with gladness. He desires to renew our faith and strength in the knowledge of the reality of His loving presence with us. So, be encouraged with renewed hope and faith in His extravagant love for you. And know that the awesome Lord God Almighty is warring and rejoicing over you with gladness and shouts of joy to bring you into victory! Hallelujah! Yea God!

 

Lord of the Seasons by Conny Hubbard

flower10sides04My friend Carolyn Vargas has published a book recently. It’s a companion book to her third CD by the same title: Lord of the Seasons. Reading Carolyn’s book has made me reflect on the seasons I’ve been through in my life. As she shares her heart in the book, God has been with her through every season, joyful or difficult. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

In each season of life we have an opportunity to get to know our Lord better. If I understand what God is doing in my life during a particular difficult season I can embrace and accept His work in me much better and get through it, hopefully, quicker because I’m learning my lessons and allowing the necessary changes to take place. This is the way I’m wired. If I know the purpose of what’s going on it gets much easier.

One of the more difficult seasons in life is the winter season. Maybe someone who is reading this is in a winter season right now. Everything seems to be on hold. It looks like there is no change, no growth and no fruit. Your difficulty looms like a large and unmovable mountain. One of the advice Carolyn gives – and I whole heartedly agree – is to take it one day at a time. Look ahead but don’t live ahead! Sometimes just getting through that one day is a victory.

As a corporate Body of Christ we also go through seasons. I would like to share the words of a song from Carolyn’s book that describes this season. This is a season of blessings despite of what we are hearing in the news! God’s Holy Spirit is moving in the earth. Even as difficulties around us increase there will be an increase in the presence and power of God for all His people.  I prophesy to you with Carolyn’s words: Breakthrough is on the way!

Blessings

Coming down

All around

The beautiful, wonderful

Blessings of God

Long-awaited answers to prayer

Are coming down from heaven above

 

Healing rain

Joy for tears

Mercy, and hope now abound

The heavens are open

Time of refreshing

Mighty miracles surround

 

Restoration

Hearts renewed

Power and strength now abound

The heavens are open

Time of refreshing

Mighty miracles surround

 

Coming down

All around

The beautiful, wonderful

Blessings of God

Long-awaited answers to prayer

Are coming down from heaven above

 

Words and music by Carolyn J. Vargas  © 2013/ASCAP

(Shared with permission of the author)

Blessings are available in every season of life. Even in our darkest days our hearts are being refreshed and strengthened by God’s wonderful blessings. ! Receive the healing rain, dear wounded one. God has joy for all your sorrows.

Let’s open our hearts and declare that the heavens are open, that this is a time of refreshing and that mighty miracles surround us.

If you would like to find out more about my wonderful friend, her book and her music, please click on the link below. I highly recommend her work. She is a woman of integrity who walks in close fellowship with the Lord.

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Ancient Prayer – Revelation 1:4-6, Kings and Priests

KingsandPriestsThis is an ancient prayer. A prayer to be received by those who know who they are. Kings and Priests in God’s Holy Kingdom. Isn’t it time that we walk accordingly. For all of you who have crowned Jesus Christ as LORD – receive this ancient prayer in His name today and walk accordingly.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 10, 2014

JoBeth02And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20 (NKJV)

 

Do you have difficulty believing that God really cares about any of the pressing needs you are currently facing? First of all, this verse profoundly declares that our God supplies ALL our need! But, if we are to understand that the doorway of His provision is in the glory of Jesus we may need to ask what is the glory? Biblically this often refers to the manifestation or the reality of God’s presence with us. Remember, one of the names of Jesus is Emanuel which means God with us. Therefore, there is a wealth of God’s provision for us as we grasp that Jesus is with us; our Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Friend of Sinners and our Savior. He is real, present and available to us in every circumstance today and everyday to meet ALL our needs. With renewed faith in His love for us, let us give worship, praise and glory back to our Father God. Yes, Amen!

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 3, 2014

JoBeth15Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. Psalm 91:14-15 (GW)

Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you know you are loved? In loving relationships there is nothing we wouldn’t do for each other, especially when we receive a call for help. We will take food or clean a friends house in sickness, travel long distances to be with a hurting loved one and for some we are even willing to lay down our life in the face of danger. In these verses God declares how He responds to our love for Him. The Lord says that He will…rescue, protect, answer, be there, save and honor us. What an encouragement to know that the Almighty God desires our expressions of love for Him even in our weakness and imperfections. When we call out for God’s help in times of trouble and despair He lovingly responds back to us and makes these promises to meet our specific needs just because He knows we love Him! Thank You, Lord

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 27, 2014

JoBeth19I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 (NASB)

Have you ever found yourself in an unexpected situation that wiped out all your well made plans and left you teetering on the edge of the pit of despair? It’s tempting to settle for the disappointments of reality in the face of hopelessness and to think that God’s blessings are for everyone else, but not you. In such times, I’ve wondered if I am to just be grateful for my eternal salvation and nothing else really matters to God? But, this scripture challenges us to believe that the Lord desires to bestow His goodness and blessings upon us here and now, right where we live! If we will wait on the Lord, He is able to refill our hearts with the courage and strength to hope in Him; even when the impossibilities seem overwhelming. Lord, rescue us from the pit of despair and reveal your goodness to us in the land of the living. Amen.