Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 21, 2017

“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. Isaiah 43:10 NKJV

Have you ever considered that there is a big difference between “believing in God” verses “believing God”? Believing in God allows us to believe what we want to believe about God as we attempt to fit Him into the box of our own preferences and understanding. Believing God means we have chosen to acknowledge the absolute sovereignty of the Bible, believing God is Who He says He is and also believing that He will do what He says He will do. God declares in this verse that He has chosen us even before we choose Him! He invites us to “know” Him in an intimate personal relationship that opens the eyes of our understanding with the ability to BELIEVE that He Is The One and Only True GOD that always was, always is and always will be! Lord, I believe, help me where I still have unbelief. Let your light so shine that others also see and believe. Praise the Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 15, 2017

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Have you ever wondered how to find peace in the midst of difficult and overwhelming situations? Peace is something money cannot buy, but I am sure there are times we would gladly pay for it if we could. Though not always easy, these two verses show us in a few simple steps God’s pathway to finding His peace. 1) Don’t waste your time worrying. 2) Talk to God about everything. 3) He wants us to bring Him all our needs. 4) Be sure to thank Him for all He does for you. Then, we are promised God’s wonderful peace that passes all our understanding! Peace protects our hearts and minds beyond our imaginations to live the life that is ours in Jesus. Prayer is just simply talking to God and it is the entry way to walking in His path of peace for you today and always. Praise God!

By JoBeth Kested

Blessing by Beth Auman

Adonai is the One who blesses us with Good things and His blessing makes us rich. His Blessings is an empowerment in our lives to live in His Shalom.

Shalom means wholeness, completeness, nothing missing, nothing broken. Every area of our lives full of Love, Peace, Joy and Prosperity. Lacking nothing.

A blessing from the Lord is an empowerment. When He blesses us we are empowered to succeed. To prosper (to lack nothing) and He adds no sorrow to it.

All you have to do is simply receive what He has for you. Thank Him for whatever He gives to you and be grateful every single day. Because you are blessed.

Remember to bless all of those around you each day too. If you are a believer in Yeshua then you are ordained to speak a Blessing over others. We are even to Bless our enemies (Luke 6:28).

Walk in the blessing of Adonai every single day. Ponder His blessings over your life in your heart and be Thankful for whatever they are. Remember that He doesn’t mix sorrow with it.

Adonai I come before You today and I bless You first Adonai. I bless each one who has chosen to take their time to read this. I bless you my dear friend with the fullness of Adonai’s Shalom over your life and I pray that you will bless others every single day. As You bless us Adonai and we bless others rather than curse them, that we will see Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May we all cry out to You Adonai as David did in Psalm 103 on a daily basis in Yeshua’s Mighty Name. Amen

Psalm 103 (CJB)

(1) Bless Adonai, my soul!
Everything in me, bless his holy name!
Bless Adonai, my soul,
and forget none of his benefits!

He forgives all your offenses,
he heals all your diseases,
he redeems your life from the pit,
he surrounds you with grace and compassion,
he contents you with good as long as you live,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

Adonai brings vindication and justice
to all who are oppressed.
He made his ways known to Moshe,
his mighty deeds to the people of Isra’el.
Adonai is merciful and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in grace.
He will not always accuse,
he will not keep his anger forever.
10 He has not treated us as our sins deserve
or paid us back for our offenses,
11 because his mercy toward those who fear him
is as far above earth as heaven.
12 He has removed our sins from us
as far as the east is from the west.

13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
Adonai has compassion on those who fear him.
14 For he understands how we are made,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 Yes, a human being’s days are like grass,
he sprouts like a flower in the countryside —
16 but when the wind sweeps over, it’s gone;
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him
is from eternity past to eternity future,
and his righteousness extends
to his children’s children,
18 provided they keep his covenant
and remember to follow his precepts.

19 Adonai has established his throne in heaven;
his kingly power rules everything.
20 Bless Adonai, you angels of his,
you mighty warriors who obey his word,
who carry out his orders!
21 Bless Adonai, all his troops,
who serve him and do what he wants!
22 Bless Adonai, all his works,
in every place where he rules!
Bless Adonai, my soul!

 

Love Beyond Measure,

Beth Auman

 

This entry was posted on October 12, 2017, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 8, 2017

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an 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; 9

Have you ever felt like a misfit, too different or unacceptable to others around you; 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

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 October 3, 2017, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 1, 2017

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. Let’s 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

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 24, 2017

I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:2-4 (NIV)

Have you ever struggled with afflicting fear of failure, fear of the future, fear of abandonment or rejection? No matter how much we try to minimize or ignore it, sometimes life difficulties can cast us into the agonizing grip of our deepest fears with seemingly no hope of finding any way out. With great joy, this Psalmist instructs us to seek or call upon the Lord; declaring that God answered him and rescued him from ALL his fears. The afflicted are invited to join the celebration of worship and to glorify the Lord with the good news that God will also answer our cry for freedom from all our fears. In 1 John 4:18 we learn that the perfect love of Jesus casts out all fear. May you know the healing, restoring power of the love of Jesus that will also free you from every fear. Selah–ponder and focus on that!
By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 17, 2017

Be 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 just take the time to be still. Sometimes, in the still and isolated places, we may also have to face our encroaching fears and 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 to ponder and think of that! Amen!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 10, 2017

Arise, 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, upon rolling ocean waves or watching from the serenity of your own 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 enabling grace bestowed upon us. There are times we all need the restoring hope of light to drive out the darkness of fearful times and 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

Abstain By Beth Auman

abstainGod gave each of us free will. It is our right to do whatever we choose in this life. There are consequences that come along with these choices and it’s time to analyze our choices and make sure that we have chosen life and all that God has for us.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (TLV)

19 “I call the heavens and the earth to witness about you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 by loving Adonai your God, listening to His voice, and clinging to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell on the land that Adonai swore to your fathers—to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob—to give them.

Some of you may say,”Beth, this is Old Testament.” Torah means Law of God. Actually it means the Behold The Highest One IS Nailed on a Cross and the Bible is His Torah from Genesis to Revelation. The Word Torah – if you study it out in the most ancient form (The Hebrew’s were the first to be given the Aleph Bet – this is truth).

torah(Tav) Literal Meaning: a sign, a cross Symbolic Meaning: a covenant, to seal

(Vav) Literal Meaning: nail Symbolic Meaning: “and”, to add, to secure

(Reysh) Literal Meaning: head Symbolic Meaning: person, the head, the highest

(Hey) Literal Meaning: window, fence Symbolic Meaning: “the”, to reveal

Some of you Refuse to see God’s plan. You choose not to embrace the Feasts of the LORD or recognize that there are many things that we don’t know and yet many things that He Himself wants to reveal to us. Even some who have received Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior – stop there and choose to participate in every pagan ritual since the calendar was changed by Constantine – because they never wanted you to know the Truth.

They never wanted the Jew and Gentile to become the One New Man spoken of in the Torah. They never wanted to honor Adonai and part of the Truth of Adonai was hidden. The early Church knew all of this and they operated in the Power that Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, was nailed to the cross, died and rose again so that you could know the truth and be free. October is the Month when The Word was made flesh and  Tabernacle’d with us. October is Adonai’s chosen time for the Head of the Year Celebration, the beginning of His new year and new cycle. Oh LORD, Open the eyes of all who are blind.

Not all choices honor Adonai our Elohim nor do they lead to Eternal Life with Him.

In my own life, I have seen how the participation in evil can get those who God may have chosen to do great exploits for His Kingdom, fail. I have seen the veil of darkness that comes over those who choose to call good evil and evil good. I have seen many look back and wonder why they continually seek God, going to church and praising Him, yet never walk in His Victory. Never realizing that the devil used an act of their own free will to snare them.

Can you at the very least think about the answer to this question? Why is this portion of The WORD of GOD so misunderstood? OR  Is it  completely disregarded by many for the sake of what they consider fun?

We are to Abstain from Evil (even the appearance of evil).

The definition of Abstain is to:

1. restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.

2. formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.

Abstaining from Every Form of Evil is a free will act of Honoring God.

Therefore, if you participate in evil which includes Halloween (The practice of worshiping the Devil Note: You cannot participate in a satanic act and pretend to include Jesus as a part of your Evangelism.)

Jesus spoke to demons and cast them out. He did not dress up like them, give out candy and pretend to be them for a night. Nor did he play with Evil of any kind.

The other part of this abstaining is voting for someone who pushes the practice of Murder (Abortion)and lies). God is watching to whom we align ourselves.

The Good News is that Jesus said that there is a way to be free. There is an if clause to this freedom though and it is our direction from Him for our Free Will Act of Honoring God. Jesus Said: If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of mine. See this clearly – Continuing in the Word of God means choosing not to do things that God said not to do.

This is the Truth and The BIBLE Says in  John   8:31-32 (NASB)

The Truth Will Make You Free

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

If you are not Abstaining from even the appearance of Evil then you are not honoring God. If your life is in chaos and you are not blessed beyond measure – you need to examine your life, yourself. God created you for a purpose and if you are still breathing, there is still time to fulfill your purpose.

Are you continuing in the WORD? Are you truly a Disciple? Examine yourself. Because one day – you will be Examined by Jesus and He will hold two books in His hands – God’s plan for your life and what you did with your life. Will the books even seem as if they are written about the person that God formed and fashioned in your Mother’s womb? The person that He had such great plans for? No matter what you think or believe at this moment of your life – you will stand before Jesus when your life here on earth ends and you go into whichever eternity that you will receive. Heaven or Hell. Jesus will hand out His rewards and those rewards will be according to how those two books lined up.

This applies to everyone. Personally I am most disappointed in those who call themselves believers in Jesus. Those who run to the Evil that the world has to offer. Evil movies, Evil motives,  Scary Practices, Teaching Evil to children, allowing their children to run to Evil,  aligning themselves with Evil, Voting for Evil. Not Abstaining from even the appearance of Evil.

Abba does not use the word hate very often in His Word, but He very explicitly says that He hates feet that run to evil, think about that for one moment when you want to run to that which He says is evil.  Oh LORD, please deliver these that run to evil. Deliver those who call evil good Lord and call good evil. Untwist these who are deceived. In Jesus name.

Proverbs 6:16-19Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

16 There are six things Adonai hates,
seven which he detests:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet swift in running to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath,
and him who sows strife among brothers.

Isaiah 5:20Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who change darkness into light
and light into darkness,
who change bitter into sweet
and sweet into bitter!

If the LORD is in anyway ministering to you right now – please pray with me because the Good News of Jesus is that you can repent and as a free will offering to the LORD turn from your Evil and choose to continue in God’s WORD and be free.

OH LORD, I personally come before You and repent in Jesus name for anytime in my entire life that I have not abstained from Evil, even the appearance of Evil. Lord, Forgive me and I ask for you to open the eyes of each and everyone’s understanding. Lord, show Yourself to Each one. You are the Truth. Make it so real for each one of these who You LOVE, that there is no way that they can miss it.

LORD, I truly want to be one of those in Revelation 22 who eats from the Tree of Life and I choose by an act of my own free will to abstain from even the appearance of Evil in Jesus name. Amen

I encourage each of you to read the Book of Revelation Chapter 22 for yourself, out loud and ask the LORD if there is anything in your life that will prevent you from eating of the tree of life.

I pray in Jesus name that your life reflects Psalm 1

Psalm 1 (VOICE)

God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn:
    when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes,
When you avoid sin’s highway,
    when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse.
For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.
    It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.
You are like a tree,
    planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry.
Your fruit ripens in its time;
    your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.
No matter what you do, you prosper.

For those who focus on sin, the story is different.
    They are like the fallen husk of wheat, tossed by an open wind, left deserted and alone.
In the end, the wicked will fall in judgment;
    the guilty will be separated from the innocent.
Their road suddenly will end in death,
    yet the journey of the righteous has been charted by the Eternal.

Love beyond Measure

Beth Auman

This entry was posted on September 10, 2017, in Beth Auman.