Know Your Spiritual Authority By JoBeth Kested

JoBeth45For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)

Over the years I have participated in numerous prayer assignments for nations, cities and regions, businesses, churches, leaders and of course friends and family. One thing I have learned is how important it is to clearly know and understand our spiritual authority and appropriate sphere of influence. It is sad to say that I have often seen and experienced too many of us barging into spiritual territories and battles with naive presumptions and are then surprised by the backlash of demonic attacks against our health, our families, and finances. And then we ask, “What happened” and “Why?”

It is important to note that there is a maturing process in the spiritual as well as the natural. We train our children as they grow up by giving them more and more responsibility the more they prove their dependability. Hopefully, by the time we give them the keys to the car we can trust that they not only know the laws and how to drive, but that they have also learned respect for property along with self discipline and the limits of what they can and can not do safely. In the same way, spiritual authority is a learning process. The more we learn to pray and find freedom from sin and bondages in our own lives, the more we are effective in prayer for others. Our understanding of our sphere of influence broadens as we learn to pray over our families in their relationships, schools, places of business and churches. From there we will begin to understand our influence and authority in prayer in the city, region, state and nations where we live; and then even to the uttermost parts of the earth.

We learn in Ephesians 6:16 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We need to understand that there is a hierarchy of demonic forces as well as territorial assignments of authority. To illustrate, I first clearly experienced this when we were living in Spain, near Madrid many years ago when we were working with Youth With A Mission. We were involved with American military ministry and lived in a small Spanish town in a apartment complex very close to the American Air Force Base. I will never forget the drastic difference in the atmosphere when we crossed the gates and entered into the military base. It was like being back in the good ole USA. It felt like home! It felt American! Then as soon as we stepped off the base we were clearly back in Spanish territory and I could feel a totally different atmosphere. You may have experienced a sudden difference of atmosphere when entering a different house or neighborhood.

When we lived in Spain we were fairly new in our walk with the Lord and very naive in spiritual warfare. The Lord had lead us to Spain through many “divine” circumstances and we were very sure we were there in His will. However, we had to return to the states after a rather short time due to me falling into severe depression. It was only after some years battling to come out of this pit that I learned the importance of knowing our authority in the Word of God, knowing our enemy and learning about spiritual forces and territories. I had to learn my spiritual authority, in the name of Jesus, according to His Word and about how and when to rebuke the devourer (Malachi 3:11), and how to resist the enemy and command him to flee (James 4:7). It was definitely quite a maturing process growing from my childlike simple faith and leaning to overcome the evil one as the Apostle Paul mentions in 1 John 2:12-14.

Below are some of the steps I have learned in my journey and how to define our scriptural spiritual authority over demonic forces and how to pray.

1. Our authority in prayer over powers, principalities, and ruling spirits is in direct proportion to our knowledge and personal understanding of our sphere of influence and authority first in our own lives and homes and in relationships, circumstances and/or territorially where we live. Ephesians 6:12-14 (NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

2. We have the authority over demonic powers and authorities to resist their assignments when they try to operate against people, situations, institutions, or territories and land within our spheres of authority. James 4:7 (NKJV) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

3. When taking our authority or addressing the enemy in prayer our words need to be specific in regards to the person, place or circumstances where we are limiting or canceling their activity. Spiritual backlash and attacks may be due to our lack of understanding and ignorance of this issue. Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.

4. It is always best to pray scripture and to minister in the opposite spirit releasing the battle to the Lord as stated by the Archangel Michael in Jude verse 9, “The Lord rebuke you.” Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV) So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

5. Demonic spirits are legalistic and operate in a vacuum. Therefore, in accordance with Matthew 16:19, be sure that you not only rebuke or loose the enemy, but then release blessing and the purposes of God into the situation asking the the Holy Spirit to fill any void. Matthew 16:19 (NKJV) And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

6. In prayer be sure to seal and cover the person or situation in the power of the blood of Jesus and His love that protects from all harm setting the Lord as your rear guard to protect from backlash of the enemy; remembering there is no spiritual armor for our backs in Ephesians 6. Psalm 121:7 (NKJV) The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.

7. Since the Lord instructed us how to pray the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, it seems important in closing prayers to declare, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” and also to ask Him to keep us from the evil one as we proclaim, “For Thine is the kingdom, the power and glory forever. Amen”.

Our Scriptural Authority

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:1-4 (NKJV)

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Jeremiah 1:10 (KJV)

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14 (NKJV)

Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:19 (NKJV)

Verses About Our Protection From Evil

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:1-3

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. Psalm 138:7

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18
© JoBeth Kested 2015

Relevant by Beth Auman


The LORD has been speaking this word to me for a long while now, “Relevant”. In my own life I have yielded my focus unto the LORD. I want to have dove’s eyes for Him. You see – doves have single focus. They cannot focus on more than one thing at a time.

Doves have small heads and they have binocular vision which means that both eyes focus on one object at a time. In the Song of Solomon – he describes his loves eyes as doves eyes. He was making a statement that her eyes were equal and singularly focused.

Song of Solomon 4:1 (NASB)4 “[a][b]How beautiful you are, my darling, [c]How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Mount Gilead.

The Lord’s Word to me is in every situation stop and focus on what He identifies to be Relevant. Stop. See. Focus on what He identifies to be Relevant. In every situation – Seek God First.

Matthew 6:33 (VOICE) 33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.

[Merriam-Webster defines Relevant – relating to a subject in an appropriate way, having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand]

We must seek God first. He will show us what is Relevant and what is fear (false evidence appearing real). When we see from God’s perspective, allow Him to order our situation, we move in His strategic order and Win! This is the key to identifying what is relevant.

How many times have you been thrust into a life situation and had so many things to think about, so many things thrown at you at one time? The key to overcoming and being victorious in Jesus is to allow Him to show you what is relevant in the situation and focus on that. Allow the Lord to order your situation.

Do the one thing that He shows you to do. That one thing that He brings to your heart. Be obedient in the one relevant thing that He has shown to you because you sought Him first and He will order your steps. One step at a time you will overcome in every situation. Placing relevance on His order and giving Him glory in the process.

Psalm 37:23 (NASB) 23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

He wants us to live our lives and view the world that He created from His perspective. He sees things that we don’t see. God’s Word tells us plainly that He sees everything from a higher perspective.

Isaiah 55:9 (NASB) 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.

We must first acknowledge that He is God and yield to His perspective. Seek Him and what He delineates relevant in each and every situation in our lives and we will step into a flow with Him.
Let’s face it, when the storms of life come at us, we need God first. From the time that we wake in the morning we must seek Him first and yield our day to Him. Begin to ask Him to order our day and make this the most important habit of our lives. He is relevant. His view is relevant. He has been giving me a divine key of order and I’m compelled by Him to share this key with you.

1 Corinthians 14:40 (NASB) 40 But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

It’s a choice to make God relevant. Personally, I choose to make God relevant in each and every situation in my life. My heart’s prayer for you is that you will too.
Let’s pray together:

We come to You today Abba and ask your forgiveness for each time that we have not sought You first and considered Your perspective relevant. We have each gone our own way from time to time. Made wrong decisions and ended up in a mess. Please LORD forgive each of us for every time that we have done this.
Today LORD we seek You first. We ask for Your help to walk this out day by day from morning until night and see from Your relevant perspective. We want doves eyes LORD. Eyes to singularly focus on You, Your Word, Your Way, Your Truth. We seek Your relevance in each and every situation in our lives. Order every aspect of our lives LORD.

Ephesians 1:17-23The Voice (VOICE)
17 God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. 18 Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. 19 Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power.

Friends, it is this same might and resurrection power that 20 He used in the Anointed One to raise Him from the dead and to position Him at His right hand in heaven. There is nothing over Him. 21 He’s above all rule, authority, power, and dominion; over every name invoked, over every title bestowed in this age and the next. 22 God has placed all things beneath His feet and anointed Him as the head over all things for His church. 23 This church is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

In Jesus name Amen and Amen
Be Encouraged and Love you all beyond measure.
© Beth Auman 2015

This entry was posted on May 20, 2015, in Beth Auman.

Hurt by Lee Gossett

Be Encouraged welcomes Guest Author Lee Gossett.  We trust the Lord that Lee’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.


MATTHEW 18:21-22 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven … ” (NASB).

The more time that goes by the deeper the hurt becomes and then we develop a shell around our hearts keeping everyone -including God – away from us because we simply don’t want to be hurt, again. Everything (everyone) is impacted by unprocessed pain in OUR lives.

Dear friends, God never intended us to carry these types of burdens and unprocessed pain throughout our lives OR day to day.

PSALM 55:22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall (NLT).

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 17, 2015

JoBeth44I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Many are the woes of the wicked but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:8,10-11 (NIV)

Have you ever experienced a time when just by catching a look from someone you would know, without a doubt, exactly what you needed to do or to STOP doing? Most of us can easily remember “the look” from a parent or a teacher that clearly spoke louder than words! The key to being directed by “the look” implies you had to turn your eyes in that direction. This scripture informs us that the Lord has His eyes upon us. When we turn our eyes away from the cares, confusion and distractions of our days to focus our attention and trust upon our Father God, He is ready and so willing to teach us, guide us, council us and surround us with His unfailing love. Then, with uplifted hearts we can sing, rejoice and be glad in the Lord our loving God! Thank You, Lord.


Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 10, 2015

JoBeth43Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
Have you ever experienced or seen the devastation of an earthquake? Massive buildings and bridges can crumble as the earth shifts and buckles causing great fear and death with the destruction. Even majestic mountains can suddenly disappear in earth shattering volcanic eruptions causing all to tremble in fear. Sometimes the instability and uncertainty of our jobs, relationships and life circumstances can shake the very foundations of our souls. What an awesome comfort and assurance to know that the Lord promises that His love for us can never be shaken, nor will His steadfast peace ever be removed from us. Because of our Father God’s endless compassion for us, may you always dwell in the unshakable assurance of His unfailing unshakable love and His immovable peace both now and forever. Yes, amen!


Happy Mother’s Day by Beth Auman

Flower02Happy Mother’s Day Prayer

Abba Father, You created Mothers with Your Heart. You have Blessed Mother’s with Your unconditional LOVE for Your Children.

You have Blessed Mother’s with Your creative power and Your power to reproduce, carry and birth life.

You have blessed Mother’s with Your strength, courage and tenacity. You have created us to nurture and walk through life with Your children in good times and bad.

You have created Mother’s and Blessed us with Your gifts of educating and training children in Your way, through Your Word, so that their destinies in You are fulfilled.

You have Blessed Mother’s and given each of us free will, to unite our heart with Your’s or the evil one’s.

We understand LORD that the lessons Your Children learn from us will be represented throughout their generations. We take the weight of this responsibility and yield these children that You have given us back to YOU. We yield ourselves back to You.

Make us the Mother’s after Your heart. May our hearts beat in unison with Yours in all areas of our lives through the blood of Jesus Christ.

We remember that first and foremost these Children belong to You and we know that You are watching us.

We make the determination together today, declaring and decreeing to be the Mothers and Proverbs 31 women that You created us to be. We give You all praise, honor and glory LORD. May we honor our Mother’s as Your Word instructs us. May we be Submitted and yielded unto You, faithful, strong and walking in Your Wisdom, Revelation, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and Fearing You LORD. We remember that we have been given Your heart. May the children that You have given us have heart’s that beat in unison with Yours eternally in Jesus name. Amen and Amen

Proverbs 22:6 (VOICE) Teach a child how to follow the right way;  even when he is old, he will stay on course.

Proverbs 1:8-9 (VOICE) So, my son, pay attention to your father’s guidance, and do not ignore what your mother taught you—Wear their wisdom as a badge of honor and maturity, as fine jewelry around your neck.

Ephesians 6:1-3 (VOICE) Now to you, children, obey your parents in the Lord because this is right in God’s eyes. This is the first commandment onto which He added a promise: “Honor your father and your mother, and if you do, you will live long and well in this land.”

Proverbs 31:10-31 (VOICE)

10 Who can find a truly excellent woman? One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does?  Her worth far exceeds that of rubies and expensive jewelry. 11 She inspires trust, and her husband’s heart is safe with her, and because of her, he has every good thing. 12 Every day of her life she does what is best for him, never anything harmful or hurtful. 13 Delight attends her work and guides her fingers as she selects the finest wool and flax for spinning. 14 She moves through the market like merchant ships that dock here and there in distant ports, finally arriving home with food she’s carried from afar. 15 She rises from bed early, in the still of night, carefully preparing food for her family  and providing a portion to her servants. 16 She has a plan. She considers some land and buys it; then with her earnings, she plants a vineyard. 17 She wraps herself in strength, carries herself with confidence,  and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand. 18 She tastes success and knows it is good, and under lamplight she works deep into the night. 19 Her hands skillfully place the unspun flax and wool on the distaff, and her fingers twist the spindle until thread forms. 20 She reaches out to the poor and extends mercy to those in need. 21 She is not worried about the cold or snow for her family, for she has clothed them all in warm, crimson coats. 22 She makes her own bed linens and clothes herself in purple and fine cloth. 23 Everyone recognizes her husband in the public square, and no one fails to respect him as he takes his place of leadership in the community. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them in the market, and she supplies belts for tradesmen to carry across the sea. 25 Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future. 26 She conducts her conversations with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is ever her concern. 27 She directs the activities of her household, and never does she indulge in laziness. 28 Her children rise up and bless her. Her husband, too, joins in the praise, saying: 29 “There are someindeed many—women who do well in every way, but of all of them only you are truly excellent.” 30 Charm can be deceptive and physical beauty will not last, but a woman who reveres the Eternal should be praised above all others. 31 Celebrate all she has achieved. Let all her accomplishments publicly praise her.[a]






This entry was posted on May 10, 2015, in Beth Auman.

God Is Faithful by Bonnie S. Vaughan

Be Encouraged welcomes Guest Author Bonnie S. Vaughan. We trust the Lord that Bonnie’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.

flower32“The winds blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (NKJV)  

Sometimes we don’t understand the things we go through or the reason for our pain, but amidst it all, God is working all things out for our good. Our paths, at times, may seem to go this way or that way, but God is faithful, and in His unfailing love will not allow our steps to go past His grace. He is fully aware of everything we encounter, and nothing catches Him by surpise. So when you think life has dealt you a bowl of jelly, always remember, He has the whip cream to top it off.

Just think, when storms blow into our lives, we never have to walk them alone. God has gone before and prepared the necessary means to come across our path, whether it be finances, people, things, or even places, He has it all worked out. Never underestimate His goodness, for in following His lead, we are sure to reach our destination.

There comes a time in our lives where we have to “surrender all” in order to receive all that He has promised. Yes, we know the promises of God are yes and amen, but there are conditions to them…”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). We have to seek His kingdom, and in doing so, He provides what He has promised. We’re all familiar with the scripture…”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) In order to receive eternal life, we have to believe. So let us not grow weary when things seem out of sync, but let us continually draw near to Him, and when we do, we are sure to find that no matter where the wind blows, or which direction our life may seem to be going, He has it all under control.


© By: Bonnie S. Vaughan


National Day of Prayer 2015 by Beth Auman

Psalm12Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States of America. As I have been praying in Jesus name – seeking the LORD and searching Him for Wisdom and Revelation for the United States of America – these two Psalms have come to my heart, Psalm 12 and Psalm 86.  In Psalm 12:6  The promises of the Eternal, they are true, they are pure like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times, they will be without impurity.  Can you PRAISE THE LORD with me!!! We have HIS Promise He says in Psalm 12:5 I will rise up. “says the Eternal, “because the poor are being trampled, and the needy groan for My saving help. I will lift them up to the safety they long for.”  Amen Amen and Amen – We Trust YOU Father GOD in Jesus name. Yes, and Amen!!

In Psalm 86 we read:

Psalm 86 (THE VOICE)

O Eternal One, lend an ear to my prayer and answer me, for I am weak and wanting.
Safeguard my soul, for I remain loyal to You. Save me, Your servant, who trusts in You, my God.
O Lord, please be merciful to me, as all day long I cry out to You.
Bring joy into the life of Your servant, for it’s only to You, O Lord, that I offer my soul.
O Lord, You are good and ready to forgive; Your loyal love flows generously over all who cry out to You.
O Eternal One, lend an ear and hear my prayer; listen to my pleading voice.
When times of trouble come, I will call to You because I know You will respond to me.

O Lord, You stand alone among the other gods; nothing they have done compares to Your wonderful works.
O Lord, all the peoples of earth—every nation You established— will come to You, bowing low to worship, and rightly honor Your great name.
10 For You are great, and Your works are wondrous;  You are the one True God.
11 O Eternal One, guide me along Your path so that I will live in Your truth. Unite my divided heart so that I will fear Your great name.
12 O Lord, my God! I praise You with all that I am. I will rightly honor Your great name forever.
13 For Your loyal love for me is so great it is beyond comparisonYou have rescued my soul from the depths of the grave.

14 O True God, arrogant people are after me. A violent gang wants to kill me; they have no interest in You or Your ways.
15 But Lord, You are a God full of compassion, generous in grace, slow to anger, and boundless in loyal love and truth.
16 Look at me, and grant me Your favor. Invest Your strength in me, Your servant, and rescue me, Your handmaiden’s child.
17 Give me a sign so I may know Your goodness rests on me and so those who hate me will be red with shame at the sight of it. For You, O Eternal One, have come to my aid and offered me relief.

We pray Your Word over the United States of America Father God in Jesus name.  There are those of us – Your remnant that are confederate with one voice and one heart before YOU.  LORD, hear our voices today – Come LORD be among Your people – we invite You LORD, we worship YOU alone – there is NO OTHER GOD in or for the United States of America only YOU – We Declare, Proclaim and Decree that Jesus Christ is LORD over the United States of America and that we serve only One True GOD.  We pray for the United States of America and we pray for and Bless Israel today in Jesus name Amen and Amen.

This entry was posted on May 7, 2015, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 2, 2015

JoBeth45 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Have you ever been blindfolded and not able to see the way to go; or without a light trying to find something in the dark? It is challenging to acknowledge that the things we see are only temporary when it is our tendency to trust in what we see as absolute reality and truth. In this scripture we are exhorted to focus all our hope on eternity in God’s presence that we cannot currently see. Many would say that they can not believe in a God they can’t see, yet they do not hesitate to travel in airplanes that fly upon winds they can’t see and turn on the power switches in their homes everyday using electricity that they do not see either. God reveals Himself in multitudes of ways that thrill us each and every day; twinkling stars, morning sunrise, ocean sunsets, blooming flowers, a beloved’s kiss, and a baby’s smile. The dream of “happily ever after” is in each of our hearts because “He has placed eternity in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Yes, Lord, we believe.