Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 24, 2019

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along ufamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

Have you ever been blinded by the penetrating brightness of sunshine in your eyes or by a winter snow storm where you couldn’t see the road ahead or the next step in front of you? Sometimes we can feel so blinded by sudden unexpected circumstances that we have no idea how to find our way out of the anxiety and fearful darkness. What comfort it is to find God’s promise to us that even when we are lost and can’t see, He is there to help us find our way. The Lord declares that He will turn the oppressive darkness into glorious light and that He will even make the rough places smooth before us. What an uplifting hope to have such assurance that the Lord is always there and will never abandon us in any helpless place! Whatever darkness you may find yourself in, be encouraged to call upon the Lord; reaching out to Him, to guide you into the light of His presence along the path of His peace.

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 17, 2019

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

Have you ever been so weary with the heaviness of discouragement that you feel like you can hardly hold your head up much less walk or run? Or are you facing situations beyond your control that seem impossible to deal with? This scripture informs us that those who wait on the Lord have access to His power and strength even beyond when the young will faint and give up! Though we usually find it hard to wait on anything or anybody, this kind of waiting is not idle with twittleling our thumbs. It is an active, persevering, listening and inquiring kind of waiting with expectation and anticipation for a demonstration of God’s miraculous power working in us and through us and for us. As we wait on the Lord, His supernatural power with His mighty strength renews and empowers us to run our race and also lifts our spirit up to soar like eagles! Lord, please help us and teach us how to wait!

By JoBeth Kested

My Help Comes From The LORD by Beth Auman

Have you ever been in a real jam? A situation that seems impossible?  You have a choice to focus on the problem or set your will to lift your eyes to the LORD and focus on His solution to your problem.

The solution has been provided for you already. You have to focus on the LORD and receive His wisdom.

My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth and He will not allow my feet to slip. Psalm 121:2

Praise The LORD Most High Today and focus on Him. Life is Life and it really gets hard sometimes, BUT GOD!! He will make a way – Jesus IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH and LIFE.

John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

You can trust in and rely on Him. He will lead you and guide you into all truth for your life. He will seperate you from the false and reveal the truth in every situation. He will restore your joy and He promises that He will be with you in trouble. John 16:33These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So set your will to lift up your eyes to the LORD today, focus on Him. He’s got this because He has overcome the world. There is nothing that we will ever face that He has not already overccome. It really is all in what we choose to focus on.

If you desire to walk in God’s cycle and break the patterns that steel your joy. Please join JoBeth and I on our Quest of the Overcomers.

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 

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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 10, 2019

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

If God supposedly knows everything and has a plan, why should we bother with prayer and asking for His help? Do you have childhood memories of playing hide-and-seek and how much fun it is to surprise someone in their hiding place? And how special it is to see the joyous expression on a loved one’s face when they walk into a surprise party in their honor? These verses reveal God’s heart in that He longs for us to seek Him and to find the overwhelming joy of how much He loves us. How awesome that God loves to reveal Himself to us and to surprise us with signs and wonders in answering our prayers. Be encouraged to keep on asking to receive, seeking to find and knocking for the open doors of God’s blessings and abundant provision for you today.
By JoBeth Kested

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779 -By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

We are now entering the month of Adar 2 in the Hebrew Calendar from March 7 through April 5th. It follows the previous month of Adar 1 and is added to the Hebrew Calendar every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. The motto for this month is Mi-shenikhnas adar marbim be-simcha or “When Adar arrives, joy increases.” Tradition teaches that Adar is so full of joy that it is as if Adar were pregnant with happiness. Indeed, the Hebrew Calendar leap years give us two Adars to contain all the joy of Adar!

Let’s also remember that the significant tribe in the months of Adar is Naphtali, which means “Sweetness is to me”. This is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. Purim is celebrated in this month and is the happiest, most joyous celebration time in the Hebrew calendar. This is definitely an overcoming month to experience joy!

What is the fruit from the tree of life that the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? (Revelation 22:2a NKJV)

Clue – The sweetness of extravagant overcoming joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

     Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV

 In the festivities of Purim, the Jewish people celebrate overthrowing the evil Haman who was determined to destroy Esther’s uncle Mordecai and all the Jewish people in the land!

     John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 Clue – That old devil always overplays his hand!

Don’t ever forget that in the Purim story Haman actually cast dice to determine the date of the extinction of the Jews. He didn’t just want to murder the babies, or the men and women. He wanted to kill the entire Jewish race. Let that sink in for a moment. The battle is fierce for those who submit themselves to the LORD.  

Clue – Who is a Jew, what does it mean and why do we need to know?

The first individual to be called a Jew (Yehudi) in the Scriptures was Mordecai, of Purim fame.

“There was a man, a Yehudi, in Shushan the capital, whose name was Mordecai . . . a Yemini” (Esther 2:5).

 The Talmud adds: “He is called a Yehudi, implying that he descended from Judah; he then is called Yemini, implying that he is a Benjaminite.” Rabbi Jochanan responds that Mordecai was of the Tribe of Benjamin but was called a Yehudi because anyone who rejects idolatry is called a Yehudi.” Other commentaries explain that the name Yehudah shares the same root as the Hebrew word hoda’ah, which means acknowledgement or submission. One who acknowledges Gd’s existence and submits to His authority—to the extent that he is willing to sacrifice his life for the sanctification of His name—he is called a Yehudi.

 

Let’s look at the story of Esther in one of the most amazing Books of the Bible. Esther was an orphan, raised by her uncle Mordecai, a Yehudi. Esther became the Queen in Vashti’s place because Vashti disrespected the King’s authority by refusing to come to a war council banquet. She did not follow the protocol of the earthly kingdom in which she reigned. Therefore, she was banished.

     “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it. And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women’s quarters, to learn of Esther’s welfare and what was happening to her. Esther 2:10-11 NKJV

If anyone was ever on a Quest it was Esther. Esther, was a Yehudi and had to conceal her Jewishness while in the Kingdom. She was submitted to Elohim and continued to pray only to Him while in the contest to become Queen. “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Esther 2:17 NKJV) She learned the ways of their earthly protocol and yet in her heart Ester always knew that there was a greater purpose that God had for her life.

“After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew. When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.” Esther 3:1-7 NKJV

 “…In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king’s signet ring. And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.” Esther 3:12-13 NKJV

     And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 NKJV

Esther trusted in the wise counsel of her uncle Mordecai and submitted herself and the eminent destruction of her Jewish people to God. She relied totally on Him alone as she instructed all her handmaidens and the Jews in the city to fast and pray with her. God did not disappoint her; with clear instructions requiring her trust and obedience to see the salvation of God. In the end it was Haman and his entire family that was rendered extinct and the Jewish people were saved!

“By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.

     The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday.” Esther 8:11-12, 16-17a NKJV

 

When a trial comes, the moment that it begins, submit your trial immediately to the LORD. The word submit means duck – get out of God’s way so that He can bring His Victory quickly. When we submit immediately, He is involved immediately. If we wait and try to defeat the devil alone then we are fighting a losing battle. With God all things are possible. Without Him we lose. Esther did not perish nor did the Jewish people. Nor will you! As you learn to submit your circumstance immediately to the LORD, walk in His ways of wisdom and instruction you will also eat of the ripe fruit in this month of extravagant joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-8, 10 NKJV

Submission to seek the wisdom and counsel of Jesus, our Lord and King, is the key to Victory. In the resurrection power of the blood of Jesus, The Messiah, we have the right to submit our circumstances to Him, appropriate His blood, in the declaration of His name with His title deed of ownership over all our battles, trial and circumstances.  The power of His name and His blood shed for us is more than most of us can truly comprehend.

 

From JoBeth: Several years ago my husband came home from work, where he had been employed in a position of leadership for 18 years, and shared that he had received an email that morning unjustly releasing him from his job! In absolute shock, we hit our knees with tears pouring down our faces, submitting all to the Lord and declaring our total dependence upon Him; not jobs, people or circumstances. There were those that advised us to fight the injustice to be fully restored to the position that we knew God had sovereignly, previously given to him. We felt God’s instruction to trust and wait on Him. About 6 weeks later we received a call offering my husband his dream job in the mountains of Colorado that led us into one of the most joyous, happy and fulfilling seasons of our entire lives!

     “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalm 126:6 NIV

Today, Ask the LORD if there is anything that you need to submit to Him. Learn to submit your life and each situation that arises to Him quickly. Follow His well-lit path to our fulfilled destiny in Him. He is our Victory and there is such Joy during this month of Adar II. Celebrate with Him. Embrace the ripe fruit from the tree of life this month and learn to Love what the LORD Loves. Embrace the joy in the journey together on this Quest with us.

“Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah” Psalms 66:2-4 NKJV

 

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Reference: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/640221/jewish/What-is-the-Meaning-of-the-Name-Jew.htm

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779 -By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

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An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 

Greater Love by Beth Auman

Jesus said that Greater Love has no one than this, That one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

A friend is a person who loves you no matter what. A friend is one who will always tell you the Truth and lead you to a closer relationship with Jesus.

Proverbs 17:17 (CJB)17 A friend shows his friendship at all times — it is for adversity that [such] a brother is born.

Abba had you in mind when He created your friends. He knew exactly what you would walk through in this life and who you would need.

WOW! He IS Amazing and He created friends that would lay their lives down for you. Thank YOU LORD!

Jesus was the best friend that He ever created and He is there for you right now, today and throughout all eternity. He Loves you and all you have to do is rest in HIM. HE literally laid His life down for you.

Talk to HIM. He is a great listner and Abba wrote an entire Bible that includes every single problem that you’ll ever face. It is a literal road map (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) to navigate through this life.

Remember that God created you to walk through with your friends too. So be the best friend that you can be. Pray with and for your friends. Be there for them in good times and bad. Love your friends and follow after the LORD with all of your heart and lean on your best friend Jesus. He will lead you and guide you into all truth. He will help you find the friends that He has chosen for you. Because He is the TRUTH and your BEST FRIEND.

Blessings and Shalom to each of you in Jesus Name.

Love Beyone Measure,

Beth Auman

This entry was posted on March 5, 2019, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 3, 2019

I will stand at my guard post. I will station myself on the wall. I will watch to see what He will say to me and what answer I will get to my complaint. Habakkuk 2:1 (GW)

Have you ever had to wait longingly for an important letter or phone call that would free you from the anxiety of something unknown or for hopes fulfilled? How agonizing the waiting process can be! It can demand all of our attention and hinder our ability to focus on anything else! What if we turned that same waiting expectation and anticipation toward hearing God’s voice? It is interesting that this scripture instructs us to watch and wait with the assurance that God will answer our questions and complaints. Or, as some others translations imply, that the Lords will respond with gentle reproving correction. We are encouraged to take our place like a disciplined soldier standing guard upon the fortress high place and to watch with confident expectation, knowing that our loving God will surely answer all our doubts, fears, questions and complaints. Lord, help us to wait on You. Give us eyes to see your ways and ears to hear your voice. Yes and amen.
By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 24, 2019

I pray … that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe… Ephesians 1:17-19 (NASB)

Are you in need of wisdom to solve a baffling situation or revelation to grasp something beyond your understanding? Do you need renewed hope to see beyond impossible mountains too difficult to overcome? Wisdom requires discernment sometimes beyond our awareness, revelation can breakthrough as a dawning truth and hope is the anticipation of a fulfilled need or desire. We are reminded in this scripture that in knowing Him, our Lord Jesus Christ, gives to us the gift of His spirit of wisdom and revelation. We can also expect to “see” a lightening in our hearts to KNOW the hope of His calling. As His chosen ones, there is an awesome greatness of His power toward us who believe in the Lord. And, there is a wealth of glory that is His inheritance in us! May you know the greatness of His wisdom, power, and love for you! Amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 17, 2019

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32 (NKJV)

Are you frustrated with your imperfections, disappointed in the imperfect people in your life, or weary of this imperfect world? What a huge comfort to discover the truth that the ways of our God are perfect and to know with assurance that His Word has proven to be perfect, too. For all who put their trust in Him, the Lord is our strength and shield, protector and defender against all oppression and injustice. He alone is the Almighty God above all gods and majestic Lord above all lords. There is nothing in this world more sure, more true and more dependable than our God, The Rock. Our loving, compassionate and merciful God lifts us out of our pity puddles of discouragement, renews our strength and even makes our crooked rough roads into perfect paths of peace. Thank You, Lord!
By JoBeth Kested

Quest of the Overcomers – Adar I

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar I 5779

Adar I 5779

We have entered the last month of the Hebraic calendar which is Adar 1  beginning February 5, 2019 and ending Wednesday March 6, 2019. This is a leap year when Adar 1 is followed by the additional month of Adar 2 that is added every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. In a leap year, Purim is celebrated in the added month.

Adar means strength and power. The Tribe of Adar is Naphtali – “Sweetness is to me”. It’s meaning is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. This is an overcoming month to experience joy! It is said in apocryphal writings that Naphtali instructed his sons to fear the Lord; to serve and to follow after Him.

What is the fruit the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? Sweet fruit instead of bitter fruit!

  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. Revelation 22:2a NKJV

     Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. Psalms 34:8-9 NKJV

 Clue – Sweetness in overcoming joy!

What if the Lord is offering us the fruit of Joy from the tree of life this month? Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22.

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22 NKJV

  Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV

     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a NKJV

 Clue – The root of bitterness

     Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; Hebrews 12:14-15 NKJV

During this Month of Adar, we have the choice to allow God to overturn our bitterness into the  sweetness of joy if we will allow Him to do so.

Clue – The gift of repentance

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9 NKJV

     Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 NKJV

Ask the Lord to reveal any bitter fruit in your heart. Allow Him to search your heart and yield any bitterness that He exposes back to Him with genuine repentance. Ask Him to overturn any bitter offenses and evil decrees that have taken root in your heart and created bitterness. Ask Him to make your bitterness sweet. The sweetness in overcoming joy is the fruit to be tasted this month. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our victory and joy by overcoming all sin and death. We pray that you will know the Lord’s freedom from the pain and sorrows of the fruit of bitterness as you celebrate the taste of joy in the sweet fruit from the tree of life in this month of Adar!

 

We have all tasted bitterness in our lives. Here is a testimony I would like to share.  Beth Auman – Overcomer

Our lives were riddled with pain and loss until we met an amazing Woman of God who imparted wisdom from the ripe fruit of the tree of life into our lives. She spoke God’s Word over us, prayed and interceded for us and we received the instruction that we needed to produce and prosper. The prophetic instructions given to us in our situation from the Lord was the hope of fruitfulness.

After much loss we conceived and welcomed a beautiful daughter with great joy. She has been such an amazing gift and we praise the Lord everyday for her. Twelve years later, we welcomed our second daughter that has added more joy to our lives; another treasured gift of God.

When our oldest daughter conceived the first time she also suffered the same sorrowful loss I had before we had her.  We cried out to the Lord and communicated with the fertile ministry of Apostles Chuck and Pam Pierce, in which we are aligned. They in turn sowed a both a monetary seed into our daughter’s life as well as a prophetic Word that she would bear a double portion of fruit in the month of Adar and that God would make bitterness sweet.

She conceived again and delivered our first grand daughter in the Month of Adar. We pondered what could be the meaning of a double portion? Two years later in Adar II our second granddaughter was born! We are now awaiting the birth of our third granddaughter and it is very likely she will also be born in this leap year of Adar II! Our hearts are leaping with joy!

Our blessings are literally overtaking us. We have experienced the overcoming power of the Lord, turning the bitter fruit of sorrows into the sweetness of joyous celebrations! We give all Praise, Honor and Glory to Adonai our Elohim through the blood of Jesus Christ our LORD and in His Name.

The Lord is opening the eyes of our understanding in how to partake of the ripe fruit on the tree of life for each month. We hope that you will embark on the Quest of the Overcomer as we discover the abundant blessings He has prepared for us. May your worship before Him be filled with sweetness and joy.

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.   Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.” Psalms 37:3-6 NKJV

 

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Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

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