Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 18, 2020

And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:30-31 (NLT)

In your childhood memories were you ever the unwanted and last one chosen when teams were picked to play some athletic game? Were you uninvited and left out of some big event or overlooked for a that promotion you worked so hard for? What a comfort to read in these verses that God has chosen you and is calling you. He also frees us from all wrongs, sorrows and sins to be able to stand close to Him in His righteousness. And, having given us His right standing, our God goes on to declare that He extends to us His glory; the joy of knowing His favor, goodness and presence with us in the blessings as well as all the hard times. Lord, Jesus, touch each of the wounded places and sorrows of our lives with the power of your unconditional love to know that we have been chosen and called to stand in your righteousness and glorious grace. Our God is for us! Amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Light or Dark by Beth Auman

Light has no fellowship with darkness – Please remember this as we approach the day that the world has chosen to fellowship with darkness. It’s your choice Life or death – Light or Dark – Jesus or the devil – its really simple.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 11, 2020

“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ Deuteronomy 33:26-27 (NIV)

Have you ever felt the heavy weight of discouragement in trying to stand in the battles for what is righteous, honorable and true? The word Jeshurun in this verse is often used instead of the name Israel, God’s chosen people, and also implies one who is straight, upright and just. Therefore, this scripture exhorts us that the God of those who stand upright and straight for justice, His chosen ones, He will ride the winds of the clouds across the heavens in all of His majestic power to come to your help. He declares that He is your secure refuge and that He upholds you close to His heart in the everlasting strength of His arms; defending you in battle and promising to destroy your enemies! Be encouraged, for truly, there is no one like our God! Hallelujah, amen!

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 4, 2020

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have you ever wondered how to find God’s will? What if the three things listed in this verse were the keys to discovering and experiencing God’s will? In the many tests, trials and desperate situations we face each day we all face the opportunities to choose how we respond to life’s difficulties. What if we would choose to rejoice in the Lords’s overcoming power instead of worrying? What if we would choose to pray in faith instead of yielding to fear? And, what if we would choose to give thanks for the opportunity to see God demonstrate His abundant provision for us instead of grumbling and complaining? In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” With His sufficient grace for today in everything that comes your way, be encouraged to rejoice, pray and give thanks that will set your feet on the path of God’s will concerning you. Yes, Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 27, 2020

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

Have you ever had one of those days where you seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you feel like there is a dark cloud over you? Then God sends someone comes along with a hug or an encouraging word like a ray of sunshine that chases away the darkness and changes everything. Sometimes we struggle with trying to figure out how to share God’s love with others, when all we may need to do is to share a hug, a kiss on the cheek or maybe a kind encouraging word that let’s the love of God touch them through us in their time of need. May we all be more sensitive how to be the light and love of God to touch those that He brings across our paths each and every day.

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 20, 2020

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Do you ever get caught in the every day worries of home repairs, increasing grocery costs, unfulfilled expectations or other emergency demands? We are exhorted in these verses to not worry about any of these things and are reminded that our Daddy God knows and cares about all our needs. Verse 26 in the same chapter states: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” How easy it is to struggle and strive trying figure it all out or to fix everything ourselves and forgetting how precious we are to our miraculous and loving God. So, be encouraged to turn your focus from your worries to seek first the blessings of God’s righteousness and goodness upon your life with the assurance that He is more than able to “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). Thank You, Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 13, 2020

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 the sun rise 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 difficult 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 dawning light of His truth, comfort and peace upon us in His glorious presence with sufficient grace for each day. Thank You, Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 6, 2020

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Psalms 19:1-3 (NKJV)

Have you ever been enthralled by stars shining in the darkness of night or the glow of a full moon over majestic mountains? Has your soul been thrilled by the glorious dawn of morning or a blazing sunset with gold and crimson streaks across the skies? Or have you been captivated by the delicate fragrance of a blooming rose, crashing waves upon a sandy beach, or a towering forrest with butterflies flitting and birds calling? These scriptures instruct us that the heavens are declaring the glory of God and the earth’s beauty reveals His handprints upon all creation. Day after day and every night all that is around us reveals the evidence of an intricate and intimate God. There is no place on earth where the voice of His creation and the language of His beauty is not spoken to all who will see and listen. May you hear His voice calling your name in the wind and your heart filled with His loving presence revealed in every detail of His beauty all around you.

 

By JoBeth Kested

Elul and Psalm 27 by Beth Auman

During the month of Elul Psalm 27 is read every single day.
When The Lord is your light and your salvation, there can be no fear. When The Lord is the strength of your life, you cannot be afraid.
If you are anxious or fearful in any way, please stop and read the Word of the LORD in Psalm 27 out loud until that fear is obliterated. Be confident in the LORD and seek after Him. Hide yourself in Him and sing Him a love song of praise today.
Embrace The King who is in the Field this month. He will never leave nor forsake us, however He is in the field making evaluations of all of the situations on earth. Please hear what I’m about to say: God’s plan for each individual is so much better than anything that  you could ever imagine. Only God knows our heart. He created each person and He knows our beginning and our end. So don’t get super upset when you see evil people doing evil things, God has a plan for them. Pray for them and remember in Psalm 27 it says, “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”
 Elul actually means I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.
Declare Psalm 27 everyday during the month of Elul in Jesus Name.

Psalm 27 King James Version (KJV)

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 30, 2020

Give praise to the Lord; He has heard my cry for help. The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs. Psalm 28:6-7 (GNT)

Have you ever felt like you are between a rock and a hard place with no hope for help? Sometimes when overwhelmed by life’s demands, pressures and pain it is hard to believe that God cares when we feel so helpless and alone. With our feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, it is easy for us to think that God is just too busy with all the problems of the world to hear our cry. This song of the Psalmist is a great reminder that the Lord does hear our cries and is there to protect, defend and help us. When we cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), our loving Father God restores our hope, makes our hearts glad and puts a song of praise in our mouth. So give praise to the Lord and sing to Him a joyful song!

By JoBeth Kested