Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 21, 2017

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

Are you one of those people that can’t carry a tune and prefer to sing in the shower where no one else can hear? Sometimes we just need to make a joyful noise to the Lord anyway because He is worthy to be praised. This Psalm was most likely written by King David, who was known as a mighty warrior of Israel accomplishing many great exploits in the name of the the Lord. He humbly declares in these verses that it is the Lord’s strength that has given him the victory and the reason to worship and sing His praise. Songs of joy and victory are also sung by those who believe when they gather together celebrating the strength of the Lord, Who accomplishes awesome things. Let us also sing the songs of rejoicing and triumph because of the mighty things the Lord has done and continues to do in our lives as we daily trust in Him. Praise the Lord!
By JoBeth Kested

Worthy are YOU LORD by Beth Auman

Is this your heart’s cry today? It sure is mine.

My Praise chimes in with the Thousands of Messengers: Worthy is The LAMB that was slain to receive authority and wealth and wisdom and greatness and honor and glory and praise.

He is worthy and I give Him the sacrifice of my praise daily. It is my prayer that you do too.

Revelation 5:12  (VOICE)12 Thousands of Messengers (with a great voice): Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. Worthy is the Lamb to receive authority and wealth and wisdom and greatness And honor and glory and praise.

Love you all Beyond Measure.

Beth Auman

 

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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the week for May 14, 2017

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

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

 

JoBeth Kested

Bless Adonai Oh My Soul by Beth Auman

Is This your hearts cry today? Bless Adonai, Oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name.  Bless Adonai, Oh my soul and forget not all His benefits.  Psalm 103:1-2

Cry out to Him today. He will Bless your soul. He will Bless your life and as you cry out to Him, truly do not forget His benefits.

May Jehovah Shalom cover you today. May He guard and guide you in all that you do. May you seek Him first and Bless Him from the depths of your soul.

He is a Good Good Father and He Loves you. He sent His only Son Jesus to live, die and rise again so that you would know the depths of His Love. Find a new way to Praise Him today. Let yourself Love Him today.

 

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth

 

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

God’s Timing by Bobi Naukam

Encouraging Words welcomes Guest Author Bobi Naukam. We trust the Lord that Bobi’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.

God’s Timing

By Bobi Naukam, April, 2017

Do not be discouraged because the wait is long.  My timing is critical, and you do not understand My timing.  While you are waiting, I am teaching you valuable lessons, lessons you must learn to be able to move forward.  I have called you.  Never doubt that.  And I have given you a glimpse of what that entails.  But you cannot, must not, rush into what I have for you to do.  Stay focused on Me.  Do not allow distractions of the battle to take your eyes off Me.  You do not have to fight so hard.  The battle is Mine.  I need you, but you must find My way, or you will be destroyed.

Your enemy is a master at distractions.  And he is angry.  He has fought Me from the beginning.  He still believes he can win the final battle.  This deceiver has completely deceived himself.  For a short time, he doubted he could win.  But his doubts have disappeared, and he has re-entered the battle with renewed energy.  You have sensed that the battle has intensified.  You are correct.  The enemy is focused on destroying you, every believer who is following Me and engaged in the battle.  This is an all or nothing fight, and the enemy is certain he will win.

I have always been all in, and My all in is so much greater than his. My angelic forces are fighting for you.  I am with you.  I AM everything you need to win.  Relax and allow Me to lead and do the fighting through you.  The battle belongs to the Lord!  Stop striving.  Listen to My voice.  Obey immediately.  Do not overthink what I am doing.  I do know what I am doing.  It may not seem logical to you, but it doesn’t have to.  Stop trying to figure out My plan.  I do have a plan, and it is good.  Trust Me.  Stay faithful to Me and Me alone.  As you focus on Me, the battle becomes easier even as the fight intensifies.  I defy logic.  Rest and allow Me to do the work.  Remember, the enemy is defeated already.  He just doesn’t believe it.  It does not matter what he believes.  I am Truth.  I have won the battle and the war – in My timing.

Ah yes, timing.  You cannot rush My timing in anything.  You can, however, slow My timing by trying to accomplish My will on your own terms, in your way, and in your timing.  My timing is perfect.  I see the beginning from the end.  I see the whole picture.  I know what is best for you.  If you try to fight without Me, you will be slaughtered.  I am strengthening your foundation and making it broader and firmer to enable you to stand and withstand the attacks of the enemy.  You cannot rush what I am doing.  Your preparation is key to progress.  Remember, your battle is being fought in the spirit realm. You just happen to be living on Earth.

The people in your life are not the enemy.  Most do not comprehend the battle raging in their souls.  You represent Light to them, often unknown to them.  Look at them with My Love and through My eyes.  They are not your enemies.  They are being used by Satan and his demons as weapons in this war.

The demonic forces are feeling pressure and sense they are losing but dare not admit it.  They will follow their leader until the end of time.  Then they will follow their leader into hell.  Satan is the master deceiver, especially to his followers.  They willingly obey every thought he articulates.  He is convincing.  You must not be deceived even slightly.  You must operate in faith and in My Love.  I do not wish even one be lost to his deception.  Pray for the harvest that it will include even My enemies.  They are worth saving.  Love them, but do not be deceived.  Do not give our enemy even a small opening that would allow him to infect you.  Pure Love casts out all evil.  But be firm in your love.  Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Some “friends” are not.  Be wise and ask Me to show you those who are not good for you and are plotting against you in the name of friendship.  Hear My voice.  Trust the nudging of My Spirit.  The enemy and his forces of evil desire to destroy you.  I am greater than all he can throw at you.  You must stay under My wings of protection by trusting Me and resting in Me.  Let no evil come out of your mouth – at all.  Let your eyes look at nothing ungodly.  Let your focus be on Me and Me alone.

The battle has intensified, and it will get even worse.  When an animal is cornered and fears for its life, it does not give up.  It strikes out fiercely.  Your enemy is not giving up.  You must persevere also.  As you trust Me more and rest in Me completely, I restore you daily; and the battle becomes easier because you are allowing Me to do the fighting.

Can you trust Me?  I need more of you, so you fight less and win more.  Can you trust My timing and wait for it?  See waiting, even when I seem silent, as a powerful tool to prepare you for the next battle.  Do not be discouraged while waiting.  Use that time wisely.  Instead of complaining and begging Me to do something, embrace My training in waiting.  If you look and listen, you will discover gems of wisdom waiting for you in the waiting.  I never waste a moment of time.  Do not waste the waiting I have designed for you.  Embrace it.

Abba Father, thank You that You teach us while we wait.  Waiting goes against our nature, so please continue to teach us to wait well.  Help us to focus on You only as we listen for Your voice.  Train us to surrender to Your will and obey immediately.  Increase our faith and trust in You.  Thank You that You hear our prayers and answer.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.

This entry was posted on May 8, 2017, in Bobi Naukam.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 7, 2017

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

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

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of April 30, 2017

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 your way in the dark? It is challenging to trust our steps in darkness when we can’t see where we are going. It is our tendency to trust in what we can 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 to name a few. 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!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Do Not Become Weary by Beth Auman

The Word of the Lord for all of us today. I Bless His Holy Name and give Him all praise, honor and glory in Jesus name.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NASB)

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The  Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who [a]wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength; They will [b]mount up with [c]wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Psalm 103:1-5 (NASB) Praise for the Lord’s Mercies. A Psalm of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with  loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your [a]years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Blessing and Shalom to you all.

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth Auman

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This entry was posted on April 26, 2017, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of April 23, 2017

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in his love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)

Have ever had or are you currently in the midst of one of those difficult times where everything seems to be just too much, too hard, or too impossible? Sometimes the hard stuff feels so overwhelming when we are also battling the wounds of abandonment, betrayal or loneliness without any hope for help. This scripture reminds us that our God is with us as a mighty warrior, our champion El-Gibbor, that fights for us to bring victory into our seemingly impossible situations. We must remember that as our Heavenly Father delights in us and rejoices over us with gladness. He longs to renew our faith and strength in the assurance of the reality of His loving presence. So, be encouraged with renewed hope and faith in God’s extravagant love for you! Be assured that the awesome Lord God Almighty is fighting for you with rejoicing songs of gladness and shouts of joy to bring you into victory! Hallelujah! Yaaay God!

By JoBeth Kested

Living In His Truth 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

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This entry was posted on April 22, 2017, in Beth Auman.