Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 25, 2016

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Have you ever struggled to find enough faith to guide you in the midst of gripping fearful circumstances? In such times, it is important to remember that submitting to fear instead of believing in faith is a choice. Let’s take a look at this scripture with the word fear in place of the word faith and see how it would read. “Now fear is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” How much easier it is to see the foolishness of wasting our time and energy by wallowing in the quicksand of fear that anticipates and expects things we can’t even see yet and have no power to change. We can choose to have faith in our all powerful Heavenly Father that creates worlds out of nothing, is able to move mountains, make rivers in the desert, and brings resurrection life from the dead! Instead of yielding to fear, let’s put our faith in Almighty God that can create things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Yes, Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

The Word of God by Beth Auman

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Lord, We welcome Your Word. We want to See Your Word and See that Your Word is alive and moving; sharper than a double edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of our hearts.  Send Your Word that works as a well formed arrow – directly into our bone marrow and heal every aspect of each on one of us. Thank You LORD  – We give You all of the Glory Praise and Honor in the

Mighty name of Jesus

Amen

This entry was posted on September 21, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 17, 2016

jobeth115Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV

Is there anything more beautiful than the dawning rays of sunlight breaking into a new day over majestic mountains, rolling ocean waves or from a serene back porch? But, what does the glory of the Lord rising upon us mean? The glory of the Lord in this scripture seems to mean the promise of His loving presence that drives away loneliness, the comfort of His peace that passes understanding, blessings of mercy that triumph over judgement, and the goodness of His grace bestowed upon us. There are times we all need the restoring hope of light to drive out the darkness of fearful times or the unexpected circumstances afflicting our souls. What an encouraging gift we have in the promise of these scriptures that even in the darkest times our loving God promises the arising light upon us with His glorious presence, comfort and sufficient grace for each day. Thank You, Lord!
By JoBeth Kested

Found by Beth Auman

Found

RoseThe most that anyone could ever hope for is to be found. See once I was lost and now I am found. Once I was blind and now I can see. Once I was bound and now I am free.

Those are not mere words. Everyone is searching to fill a big empty hole inside of our wounded human heart. Some of us try to fill this hole with work, money, greed, elicit immoral sex, and some with every form of religiosity that our human brain can fixate upon.

Still yet the hole in our human heart remains empty, gaping and unfulfilled. Going on day by day, becoming hardened to life. Immune to all of the desolation within and surrounding us. Every terrible thing in this world bombarding our minds, wills and emotions on a minute by minute basis.

One’s significance etched within, a knowing that there is more and in a dull immobile place. Frozen in a day to day ritual that if we can survive this day, perhaps tomorrow will bring something hopeful, something more.

There it is, a small glimmer of hope. A tiny light shining within our dark cold hearts.

There is so much more than we realize. We are buying this lie, lock, stock and barrel. It should make us angry to know that we are being lied to and that we indeed are living a complete lie.

I myself was right there once. I bought the lie too. This is all that there is I thought. I’ve messed up more than could ever be repaired. I’m fine just the way that I am and I’ll just float through life and everything will be ok.

One day it hit me like a flash, I am not willing to settle for ok.  Are you?  If you are willing to settle then by all means stop reading FOCUS right now… But. I challenge you to read the remainder of this article. Challenge on.

Continue if you have accepted the challenge

Being totally broken is a great place to begin. Because there is none of you left. So brokenness is acceptable. A totally and completely an acceptable place to begin again. The place where you end and the glimmer of hope within you can expand.

There are two primary scriptures in the Bible that led me out of that broken dark place:

 John 8:32 (KJV)  32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Ephesians 1:17-23 (KJV)  17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:   18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,   19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Reveal the truth Abba Father and open my eyes.

If you are willing to look at your situation as the Lord reveals the truth about your situation and see it for what it is then you are on your way out of the world of bondage and brokenness.

When you are willing and you do this get ready because Abba Father will show you the good, the bad and the ugly in your situation. He will also show you your situation from His focus. Few people in this world are willing to truly look at their situation through the eyes of the Lord, from His perspective.

See Jesus Christ knows you by your name, not by your shame. You can never walk past that which you are not willing to confront.  You have to see the truth that is revealed and ask the Lord for the hope of His calling. His perception of your mess is totally different than yours. He sees your ending, not your beginning. He looks from an eternal focus. Not from a now focus.

If you will from your heart speak to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to reveal the truth and make you free and you are willing to have Him open the eyes of your understanding. He will bring wisdom and revelation into your situation and bring freedom.

This is a process and step by step allowing Him to lead the way, He leads you and guides you into all truth by His Holy Spirit. John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Freedom is a wonderful place because you are ultimately eternally totally free. Free to worship Him in spirit and in truth, this is His desire. When your desire become to worship Him freedom comes.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Father seeks such to worship Him. He is seeking your right now. His purpose for you becomes primary and your brokenness goes away and you become victorious in Him..

In Him, a place where He surrounds you, a place where you are seeking Him first and finding Him. He  is leading you and guiding you and you are facing the truth in your situation without fear.

See fear is the False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear tolerated is Faith contaminated.

Has your faith been contaminated? Has fear gripped your heart?

Let the light of the Lord sine in your situation. Once you look at the truth, then you can ask Him to see the truth from His perspective. Jesus wants to be the light in your dark place. His light dispels darkness and once He shines as the truth on your darkness His light over powers the darkness.

Your willingness is the key. You must allow Jesus to reveal the truth.

Jesus did His part, He was born, He lived without sin, He died on the cross, rose again and sat down at the right hand of Abba Father in heaven for you. If you would have been the only one, He would have done this. He loves you this much.

He has already done His part and now it’s up to you to willingly allow Him to shine through you. He’s right there and He’s ready to help you if you are ready to use the free will that Abba Father gave to you and allow Him in.

Are you willing to allow Jesus to  reveal the truth and make you free? Are you willing to allow Him to open the eyes of your understanding so that you will know the hope of His calling? Are you?

If you are then FOCUS on Jesus, keep your eyes on Jesus and don’t look to the right or to the left and don’t look down. LOOK UP because Jesus Christ is your focal point.

In Him you are found, In Him  we live and move and have our being.

Acts 17:27-29 (KJV)  27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

In Him we can overcome the brokenness.

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Abba Father, we love You and thank You for all things. We come today broken and truly, willing to lay it all down before You and ask You to reveal the truth in each situation. Abba we are willing to have our eyes opened so that we will know the hope of Your calling in Jesus name Amen

I apply the blood of Jesus Christ over you and your situation and I’m excited to hear  your testimony! Send me an e-mail at pray4all@triad.rr.com

Remember to FOCUS on Jesus

CHALLENGE

If you in anyway feel the urgent necessity to change your focus then please take this 10 day challenge.

 Day 1-10:  For ten days keep a journal and write down all of the significant things that you do. From the time that you wake until you go to sleep.Number each entry (this is very important). This is a personal journal and should look something like this:

                        Day 1:  Woke and did the following:

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Day 1: Noon

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Day 1: Bedtime

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End of 10 days
At the end of 10 days, sit down and read over what you have written.  Are there things that are repeatedly in your journal? Where is the Lord in your journal? Who or what are you seeking first?

Matthew 6:31-34 (King James Version)

31Therefore take no thought, saying,What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

At the end of 10 days, you should have a very good idea of what you are seeking after. What gets your attention or who gets your attention. Read the definition of seek in English and Hebrew. Do you need a better perspective of what it means to literally seek the Lord.

  1. Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

If you truly want to change your focus then you must seek the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near Isa 55:6.

Main Entry:seek transitive verb1: to resort to : go to2 a: to go in search of : look for b: to try to discover3: to ask for : request <seeks advice>4: to try to acquire or gain : aim at <seek fame>5: to make an attempt : try —used with to and an infinitive <governments…seek to keep the bulk of their people contented — D. M. Potter>intransitive verb1: to make a search or inquiry2 a: to be sought b: to be lacking <in critical judgment…they were sadly to seekTimes Literary Supplement>

— seek·er noun

 

Seek definitions in Hebrew

1156 b`a’ beh-aw’ (Aramaic) or b ah (Aramaic) {beh-aw’}; corresponding to 1158; to seek or ask:–ask, desire, make (petition), pray, request, seek.

1158 ba`ah baw-aw’ a primitive root; to gush over, i.e. to swell; (figuratively) to desire earnestly; by implication to ask:–cause, inquire, seek up, swell out.

1239 baqar baw-kar a primitive root; properly, to plough, or (generally) break forth, i.e. (figuratively) to inspect, admire, care for, consider:–(make) inquire (-ry), (make) search, seek out.

1243 baqqarah bak-kaw-raw’ intensive from 1239; a looking after:–seek out.

1245 baqash baw-kash’ a primitive root; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after:–ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).

 

To desire, to seek out, to strive for, to ask, to plough, to break forth, to inspect, to admire, to care for, consider, beseech, enquire, make inquisition, procure, to gush over, pray, request, make petition, ask, to acquire or gain to contend for.

Wow are you seeking the kingdom of God first? Are you seeking God, striving for His attention, asking for Him, breaking forth to seek Him, inspecting Him, admiring Him, caring for Him, considering Him, beseeching Him, enquiring Him, Making inquisition of Him, procuring Him, Gushing over Him, praying to Him, requesting Him, making petition to Him, asking Him, acquiring Him, gaining Him and contenting for Him? Are you?

Earnestly seeking the Lord who wants very much to be found by you.

Now, let’s begin day 11, when you wake up, say Hello Lord, thank You for this day, from your heart. Talk to Him and ask Him to place a scripture on your heart to get to know Him better. He’ll give you one. When He does, write it down and tape it to three places, your bathroom mirror, your coffee pot or fridge and somewhere near  your television.

Each time that you go to one of those places (or three important places that you’ve identified), say Hello Lord I want to fellowship with you and I’m seeking you and wanting to focus on you. Read the scripture to Him and ask Him to give you a deeper revelation of that portion of HIM..

Continue this for several days and see where He leads you.

Oh and don’t leave Him out when you go to bed. It is truly His protection that you need to get to the next day..

Please write me and let me know how this exercise helped you in seeking the Lord.

© Beth Auman 2014

This entry was posted on September 15, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of The Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 11, 2016

JoBeth109Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 46:10-11 (NKJV)

Have you ever enjoyed a summer night of frogs croaking, crickets creaking and fireflies flitting? Or have you ever taken the time to look for pictures in the clouds or watched for falling stars in a dark night sky? Isn’t it interesting how much we can see and hear if we will take the time to be still. In stillness we may also have to face our encroaching fears, our emptiness or our feelings of being all alone. But, in this scripture God instructs us that we will find Him in the still and quiet place. Our Heavenly Father desires for us to cease from our struggles and striving to find the comfort, peace and rest we so long for in the stillness of His presence. Whatever we may be facing in the uncertainties and upheavals of this world our God declares in this scripture that He will be exalted above all else in the earth. The Lord of Hosts is with us and is our refuge. Selah means ponder and think of that!
By JoBeth Kested

Hope by Beth Auman

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May the Lord restore your Hope today and may you place all of your Hope in The LORD and Be Strong and may your heart take courage in Jesus name.

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth Auman

This entry was posted on September 8, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 4 , 2016

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But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like a misfit, too different or unacceptable to others around you; with your friends, at work or in your family? Sometimes it can be so hard to handle those inner voices that say, “You don’t fit”, ” Not good enough”, or “Never going to make it”. What an encouragement to find in this scripture what God has to say about you. You are a chosen one! You are a part of the elite inner circle with access to God; a Holy nation! And, you are part of a distinctive people that have accepted God’s invitation to come out of the dark painful, depressing and hopeless places into the marvelous light of His love! So lift your heart, your hands and your voice to praise the Lord because you are a chosen, special one with the opportunity to display His goodness and glory to all those around you in this world! Thank You, Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Fear Not by Beth Auman

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Fear Not. Do not be afraid. Recognize that Fear is:

False Evidence Appearing Real

The One True and Only God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the Father of

Jesus Christ our LORD is with us.

He will never leave nor forsake us. He will Strengthen us. He will uphold us with His Righteous Hand.

 

Our Prayer in Faith Today is:

Forsaking All I Trust Him

Father God – please forgive us for any fear that is in us. We yield unto You and commit our ways unto You. We acknowledge You in all things and submit all things unto You. We cry out today Father – we need You and You alone. Protect us, Lead us, Guide us and Provide for us. Fill us to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit of Wisdom, Revelation, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and the Fear of You Oh LORD. Help us fulfill our purpose filled with Love and Faith, walking on Your well-lit path in Truth. We give You all Praise, Honor and Glory in the mighty and matchless name of Your Son Jesus Amen and Amen

 

Isaiah 11:2New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

Love Beyond Measure,

Beth Auman

 

This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 28, 2016

Breakthrough“The breaker goes up before them; they break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the Lord at their head.” Micah 2:13 (NASV)

Is there a situation in your life where you are desperately in need of a breakthrough? There are several things the Lord reveals about Himself in this scripture. He leads and goes before us. He stands between us and our enemies in times of trouble. He can break us out of places that hold us captive. The Lord of the hosts of heavenly armies is able to breakthrough any of our enemies plans against us. He is The Almighty God that can break open any gates of captivity. He makes the crooked places straight and makes the rough places smooth on our behalf. It is God’s desire for us to know Him as The Lord of the Breakthrough! Ask God to reveal Himself as The Lord of the Breakthrough from any and all hindering circumstances in your life today!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Bless Adonai Today by Beth Auman

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Is this your heart’s cry today – Praise Adonai because He heard and helped me. His mercy is new every morning and He hears our cries and answers. 

Bless the Lord oh my soul. Bless Your Holy Holy Name. Your Praise will ever be on our lips.  Thank You LORD today and everyday. Sing with joy because He has answered your prayer today. 

Love you all Beyond Measure

I Bless you all in Yeshua’s name today and every single day.

Beth Auman

This entry was posted on August 26, 2016, in Beth Auman.