Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the week for June 24, 2018

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)

Have you ever heard someone say, “I love you to the moon and back” as an expression of their love? God declares the magnitude of His love for us if as there is no end to the height of the heavens above the earth! But, what does it mean to fear the Lord? It simply means great reverence and awe for the Almighty-Omnipotent-Creator-Ruler God of the universe and to acknowledge that He is also the Lord over us individually, as well. When we receive the gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus, our Father God extends His lovingkindness that removes the consequences of our failure to meet His standards of holiness and perfection as far from us as the east is from the west! How wonderful it is to understand that east and west can never ever meet! May we choose the fear of the Lord and experience God’s extravagant love for us that is over the rainbow, beyond the moon and to the height of the heavens!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Are Your Borders Secure By Beth Auman

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)

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 17, 2018

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! Psalm 118:14-15 (NLT)

Are you one of those people that can’t carry a tune and prefer to sing in the shower where no one else can hear? Sometimes we just need to make a joyful noise to the Lord anyway because He is worthy to be praised! This Psalm was most likely written by King David, who was known as a mighty warrior of Israel accomplishing many great exploits in the name of the the Lord. He humbly declares in these verses that it is the Lord’s strength that has given him the victory and therefore the reason to worship and sing His praise. He proclaims that the godly can also sing songs of joy and victory when they gather together to celebrate because the strength of the Lord has accomplished glorious things. May you also sing the songs of rejoicing and triumph because of the mighty things the Lord has done and continues to do in your life as you daily trust in Him. Amen!

By JoBeth Kested

God Be Gracious To Us and Bless Us by Beth Auman

Many things are going on in our daily lives. We all wake up in the morning with a choice that  is more valuable than perhaps we comprehend.

Recently The LORD has revealed to me how important it is to yield. Yield our day, seeking Him first. The moment that I open my eyes, I say Good Morning to the Lord and invite Him into my day. I yield my day to Him.

Psalm 67 is one that He directed me to recently and my heart just jumped because it furthers what He is revealing about the Aaornc Blessing – Numbers 6:22-27. I want His name over me every single day.

My heart is crying Let the Peoples Praise YOU! I pray for Salvation among all Nations.

Yielding our day is including Him. We all have prayers, supplication, intercesson before the LORD. If we do not yield and invite Him into our day first, then we are full of pride which comes before a fall. I choose not to fall. I desire His Victory! Jesus Christ IS VICTORY. He is my Victory and I invite Him into my life first. I don’t want one single thing to transpire in my life that does not include Him.

What is your hearts cry before Him? Are you tired of falling? If you are ready to WIN then yield your day and seek Him first. Psalm 67 is a great place begin. Read it in the morning when you wake. Invite the LORD into your day and yield to what ever instructions that He gives.

Don’t be full of pride – include Him first. Yield your life to Him and He will arise over you and His Word will come to pass in your life.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (NASB)

A Glorified Zion

60 “Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
“Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

There are Nations out there that need our yielding, our prayers and His Prophecy. We are either going to be who He created us to be or be full of pride and fall.

I choose to arise each morning and shine, I choose Lord to walk in Your light. I choose to yeild each morning, inviting You into the day that You have made for me and I choose You.  John 14:6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

Jesus IS LORD and He is VICTORIOUS!

Love Beyond Measure and Shalom.

Beth Auman – 2018

This entry was posted on June 13, 2018, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 10, 2018

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.” Malachi 4:2

Have you ever pondered the meaning of the fear of The Lord? Also, how does that relate to the innocent delight of calves frolicking in the fields of springtime? I propose that the fear of the Lord is in choosing to really BELIEVE that God is Who He says He is, and that He does what He says He will do as He has revealed Himself in His Word! Relinquishing our right to question and to understand everything just seems to silence a lot of the besetting “what ifs”, doubts and fears that can cause us to stumble along our walk of faith. There is a dawning revelation and a deeper rest of faith in accepting the sovereignty of God and His ways that deeply heals our souls in the peace of knowing Him and experiencing His extravagant love. So, in the appropriate fear of the Lord, let healing wings of faith rise in our hearts that sets us free to leap and skip in the joy of the Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 3, 2018

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)

Are you in need of abundant grace and peace? Grace is undeserved favor and divine assistance. Peace is tranquility, harmony and freedom from disturbance or affliction. The Biblical definition of knowledge is based on understanding from experience. This verse exhorts us that the more we increase in knowing our Father God, and our Savior Jesus, the more His grace and peace will increase in our lives. Like the Hebrews in the wilderness that had to gather fresh manna each day, Jesus is the Bread of Life that God has provided for us to that we need to seek new each day. Whatever we may have experienced of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and provision in the past, be encouraged to KNOW that as we seek to know Him more each day we’ll never exhaust the supply His sufficient favor, divine assistance, and peace that passes understanding. May His grace and peace be multiplied to you today.

By JoBeth Kested

Living in the Truth of God’s Word by Beth Auman

John 8:31-32 is one of my favorite life verses. Jesus said these words out of His own mouth. The “If ” and “Then” clause is within this verse, which means that you have a part and He has a part. IF you will do your part by continuing in and applying His Word; THEN, you will receive His counsel, power, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, making wisdom, truth, and revelation a part of your normal everyday life. Allow the fear of the Lord to embrace you; placing a guard over your heart so that you will not step out of the safe boundaries that He reveals to you; then and then only will the truth make you free. Otherwise, no freedom comes when you continue on your own path and continue going your own way of understanding, thinking that you know what is best. You will miss the path of life and secure boundaries God has to prepared for you to walk in. That is where true freedom is found. That is where real protection resides. That is where His Perfect Shalom is and where you can joyfully dwell within His Perfect Shalom.

The Truth Will Make You Free

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NASB)

I have a question for your consideration. If you have received God’s truth, wisdom and revelation from the Word of God, what have you done with it? Are you free? How is His Word making a difference in your life?

Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  (John 8:32) As we walk with Him, we have new opportunities to be transformed by His Word in unfolding revelation of His wisdom, counsel, power, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord that guards our path. It is a 24 hour a day, life changing process available to us always as we learn to live within the boundary that He is creating for us though His wisdom and revelation.

Righteous Reign of the Branch

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2 (NASB)

This is an unfolding second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day process as we receive and continue in His wisdom and revelation. Receiving His Word in our heart and remaining within the boundary of the Word that He has revealed to us, then we are made free. Then and only then, can we receive more wisdom and revelation that broadens new boundaries that His Word secures within us to walk in until we receive another level of wisdom and revelation with understanding to walk in.

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.  1 Chronicles 4:10 (NASB)

None of us will ever know everything. We all operate within the unfolding boundaries of revelation of truth revealed to us by the Lord. He will show each of us what we need and when we need it; when we cry out for and seek His wisdom. But, the test is in what you do with the truth that you have received. We are called to walk in the revelation and truth that we have received and never turn back. The Bible says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. You cannot ask Him for wisdom and revelation truth and then not choose to live within the boundaries of the truth that He has revealed. There is NO freedom there.

You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. Psalm 18:36 (NASB)

I’ll share my own life example of this; a very practical, personal example.  I have stated that this is one of my own life verses. I truly learned to live in the fear of the Lord and in the peace and joy of His revealed truth in my life and I’m so thankful that I do. I praise Him and give Him all Glory! Every Word in the Bible points us to Jesus. I have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, out of the hand of the enemy. I have Passed Over. Jesus is the Lamb that was slain. I have received the Truth and have embraced the Hebraic Roots of my faith. The bread and the cup; communion with Jesus. He is the Passover Lamb. I commune with Him and desire to live within His boundary for my life. I will Never go backwards. I have received the Truth and I cry out for His wisdom and revelation every day. I am walking within the boundaries of the Word that He has revealed to me that has become my personal revelation and truth.

You must walk within the revelation and truth that He reveals to you. If you feel stuck or cannot move forward, then ask the Lord what wisdom and revelation that you have missed and did not allow Him to establish the boundary in your life? What was the last Truth that Jesus gave you? Did you walk it out? Are you living within the boundary or did you go back to your own knowledge and understanding; to what is fun to you, what you want to do? He will show you. You can repent and you can walk forward. If you are willing to receive the truth and be free then He will show you the exact place that you need to pick back up where you lost your path.

  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 (NASB)

Personal Prayer:  Abba, we come before You today. Please open the eyes of our understanding and show us the hope of Your calling. We ask You today, if there is any area that You have revealed Your Truth to us that we did not continue in. Please reveal this place so that we can repent. We choose to continue in Your truth and be free 24 hours a day every day. We call upon You today, that You will bless us indeed and enlarge our border, that Your hand might be with us and that You will keep us from harm that it may not pain us. Lord we choose to continue in Your Word and to walk in Your way of life for us. In Jesus name. Amen.

The Usefulness of Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;

To give prudence to the naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,

A wise man will hear and increase in learning,

And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

To understand a proverb and a figure,

The words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7 (NASB)

Love Beyond Measure, Beth

I would like to thank my partner in writing JoBeth Kested for helping me put this together. Writing is always and amazing journey for me. I am so thankful for her editing skill and attention to detail. Abba made us a team for His Glory. We hope that this post has brought you to a new Revelation of the Truth. Blessings and Shalom.

© Beth Auman 2017

This entry was posted on May 31, 2018, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 27, 2018

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 27:8 (NLT)

What can we do when we run out of strength in the battles we face and there seems to be no where to turn for help? It is wonderful to be reminded that the almighty endless strength of God is available when our strength is not enough. It is a great encouragement to know that He is our shield of protection and provider when we feel empty and vulnerable. There is an amazing and euphoric joy of heart in knowing the very real and personal help of our loving Father God and experiencing His strength extended to us in our weakness! (2 Cor. 12:9) The more we learn to trust the Lord with all of our heart in the everyday little things, the more we will be confident in His help in the big problems and overwhelming issues we face. Why not lay aside your doubts and fears and trust Him with all your heart today? You just might find yourself singing a new song of joy!
By JoBeth Kested

Blooming In The Hard Place by JoBeth Kested

I wrote this a few years ago when we were in a very uncertain transition. We are entering another transition season and this blessed me today; so, I thought it may be an encouragement to some others, too.

Blooming In The Hard Place
By JoBeth Kested

This is a picture of my first pansies to bloom this spring. I was so surprised to see them blooming in the minuscule cracks of a hard place instead of the soft prepared soil of my garden. I felt like the Lord was speaking to me through these pansies when I first noticed them this week.

Have you ever felt like you are between a rock and a hard place? We’re facing some hard changes in our circumstances and the very real possibility of some hard decisions ahead. Lately, I often feel rather delicate, small and fragile just like these little pansies. I was so intrigued to see them bloom and thrive in the crevice of some old cement. They are obviously so much stronger than they look and by the grace of God, so am I! It seems like such a great illustration of the hope we have in the Lord’s promises of His provision, protection, and blessings for us no matter how hard our current situation seems to be.

These blooming little fragile pansies may be a small thing, but it encourages me to know that if God can provide for some delicate pansies to thrive and display such beauty in a difficult place, how much more is His desire to take good care of us? In Philippians 4:19 we have the promise that “My God will supply all your need according to His riches in Glory in Jesus”.

Lord, help us to trust You for the protection and Your miraculous provision for us in the hard places we often find ourselves in. Thank You for the promises in Your Word that are light unto out path and a life preserver to cling to. Thank You for Your peace that passes understanding, Your strength in our weakness and for the hope of Your sufficient amazing grace for each day. And thank You for helping us to bloom in the hard places to display your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

Encouraging Scriptures

“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future…” Jeremiah 29:11

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:1

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Psalms 138:8

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. I Corinthians 2:9-10

He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

© JoBeth Kested 2014

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 20, 2018

He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:17-19 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like you are facing enemies or fearful situations too difficult to overcome? Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of overpowering circumstances, feeling like there is nowhere to turn and no one to help. These scriptures remind us that even when we are confronted with fearful and overpowering impossibilities, underneath our shaking knees we have the unshakable strength and support of the all powerful, Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords. Because our Heavenly Father delights in you and me, He rescues us from any of life’s traps or snares and bring us out into the freedom of open spaces with new opportunities. Whatever we face today or tomorrow we must not forget to rejoice in the truth that the Lord delights in us and will always be our strength, our deliverer, and Savior. All glory, honor and praise to our God! Yes, amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested