Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 26, 2016

JoBeth103Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 RSV

Have you ever felt the surprising sting of injustice from a friend or someone you trusted? You may have longed for exoneration with no idea of where to turn for help. The picture we need to grasp in this verse is that the Lord is practically sitting on the edge of the seat of His throne just longing for the opportunity to extend His unmerited favor in grace toward us! Then He stands up in the fullness of His power to bestow His mercy and extends His righteous judgement with justice on our behalf. As we persevere to wait upon the Lord, we can have hope in His abundant blessings that will comfort, heal and restore us in the goodness of His unfailing love that covers and heals all transgressions (Proverbs 10:12). Oh, give thanks unto the Lord for His extravagant mercy, justice and grace!
By JoBeth Kested

 

BEATITUDES by Lee Gossett

BEATITUDES by Lee Gossett

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Today, in my devotions, I found myself in The Beatitudes (MATTHEW 5) which Jesus shared from the Sermon on the Mount. I researched multiple definitions for the word “beatitudes,” but the one I love is this one:  “supremely blessed.” Isn’t it beautiful? Dear friends, if you are a believer in Christ and follow Him with your whole heart you are truly “supremely blessed!” In some aspect, this tells us how righteous we need to be to enter God’s kingdom or what our character should look like to others. But, we also must search “the rest of the story” to find out the answers.

GALATIANS 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (NASB).

In the next few days, I’d like to share each of these with you. For those of you who know Christ as your Lord and Savior, we are so blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine in this world. It’s important to note that those who share these qualities are definitely those of us who love God and cherish His Word – believing on His Word alone. I think it’s a beautiful image of who we are in Christ and what awaits us in Heaven.

JOHN 20:29 Jesus said, “So you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing” (MSG).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 24, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 19, 2016

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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 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

Fathers Day Blessings

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Father’s Day Blessings to all of you. We praise the Lord for all of you and hope that you know that you are deeply loved. You were all created in God’s own image, for His own purpose and given the greatest gift that any man could ever receive – First – God’s own Son Jesus and Second – being made a Father. Be the Best Father that you can possibly be – help your children fulfill the destiny that God created them for. Please receive the blessing below and walk with the LORD with your children all the days of your life. In Jesus precious Name Amen.

This entry was posted on June 19, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 12, 2016

10400001_10204306804055911_925629407769840756_nSo 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 that eyes cannot 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
© JoBeth Kested 2016

 

Mourn by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you” (MSG).

Beloved friends, when you’ve experienced deep pain at this level, God is the ONLY source of comfort. I believe God’s heart grieves for those in sin who refuse to repent or attempt to justify it. I’ve cried so many tears in my life over sin – the guilt and shame over things I’ve done that can never be erased from MY mind. In God’s eyes, I am no longer condemned, but justified and forgiven for ALL. It’s only by God’s grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit that I can be humble and comforted in these moments.

PROVERBS 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (NLT).

Here are a few examples of God’s mercy:  Truth that I’ve shared that has deeply wounded people I love. Deep hurts I’ve carried for many years that I can’t trust anyone with but God, Heartache over lost things that most people have never experienced – maybe today, there are some of you mourning in similar or different ways. One early morning, I was in the floor in the midst of an “ugly cry.” There was no way any one person could comfort me in this moment of “mourning,” BUT GOD. And, He did.

2 CORINTHIANS 7:10 For Godly grief, produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death (ESV).

Dear friends, the Holy Spirit lovingly caught me in that one moment and held me in a way that I’d never experienced before. He told me how much HE loved me. He also told me that what was happening was something only “I” could go through, but that through the pain, He would be glorified.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (NLT). And, in the midst of this season, I knew my relationship with God would grow deeper and more intimate. That’s exactly what’s happened in my life. Since that morning, I recommitted my life to Christ, and I will serve Him regardless of the cost because of the “price” He paid for ME. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ (NLT).

 

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 10, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of June 4, 2016

JoBeth100Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 2 Peter 1:2 KJV

Are you in need of abundant grace and peace? Grace is undeserved favor and divine assistance. Peace is tranquility, harmony and freedom from disturbance or affliction. The Biblical definition of knowledge is based on understanding from experience. This verse exhorts that the more we increase in knowing our Father God and Jesus the more His grace and peace will increase in us. Like the Hebrews in the wilderness that had to gather fresh manna each day, Jesus is the Bread of Life that God has provided for us to seek in each new day. Whatever we may have experienced of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and provision in the past, be encouraged to KNOW that we can seek Him for the sufficient grace with peace and hope in His divine assistance for all we need each and every day. May grace and peace in the knowledge of Jesus be multiplied unto you today.
By JoBeth Kested

MEEK by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:5 God blesses those who are meek, For they shall inherit the earth (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourself, yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought” (MSG).

In some translations, you will find “meek” as meaning mildness, gentleness of spirit or simply being humble. Meekness is a wonderful example of humility in how Jesus must have been seen through the eyes of those He touched while on the earth. In our time, meekness is having humility towards God and gentleness towards others. The Apostle Paul affirms this characteristic

when he tells us how we should continue live our lives.

EPHESIANS 4:1-2 I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, and with patience, bearing with one another in love (NET Bible).

For those who believe in Christ, we are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with humility and gentleness.

1 PETER 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (NIV).

When I was a teenager, I remember a “sidewalk pastor” who “preached” outside of the pharmacy where I worked. He always scared me because he was constantly yelling words from the Bible. It made a huge impression on me, and hearing him, made me think that God must have been a very powerful, angry man. Oh dear friends, that is far from truth! God was born into this world in a manger, humbled himself to mankind even unto death, and was crucified on an old rugged cross for you and me – Jesus Christ is the greatest known example of true humility then, now, and forevermore.

PHILIPPIANS 2:6-8 When the time came, he set aside privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion (MSG).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 1, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 29, 2016

JoBeth99“Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me. Help me, O LORD.” You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever! Psalms 30:10-12 NLT

Do you carry memories of nights endured with pillow soaking tears of grief? Maybe you have learned how to move forward, going through the motions of life, with the pain of sorrows like heavy weights on your soul? Hear the cry of this Psalmist in these verses with a renewed hope to call upon the Lord for His help and mercy in the darkness of your sorrows. Remember the promises in Isaiah 61 that He brings good news to the poor, comfort to the broken hearted and release to those held in captivity. Our God has both the power and love for us to turn our mourning into dancing for joy! Even when we don’t have the strength in ourselves, He is able to replace our old grave clothes of grief with the garments of joy and loud songs of praise! O Lord our God, we will lift our voices with shouts of joy and songs of thanksgiving for Your mercy and goodness to us forever and ever! Amen!
By JoBeth Kested
© JoBeth Kested 2016

 

Bring Your Vision LORD – by Beth Auman

Prov 29 18Vision from God allows us to see from His perspective. When we see from God’s perspective we see the Truth.

When God reveals the Truth clearly to us – we must see it speak it and walk as He instructs – on His well lit path to fulfill that which He has shown to us.

This verse can be applied to all things that are going on today. People refuse to see the truth and they are truly running wild.

We as God’s people are to see the vision clearly and speak it forth like a bolt of lightening into the darkness that is in this earth.

We have genuine happiness as we adhere to God’s instruction. We are God’s Own and we are to go forth and bring the Light of the Truth – Jesus Christ into this earth. The Truth alone brings wholeness (Shalom), healing, deliverance, Godly change.

Never be ashamed to see the vision that God is giving to you. Never be ashamed to speak the Word of God clearly and bring His Truth to free another from running wild.

Lord – We ask for forgiveness for anytime that we have seen those running wild, seen the truth and kept our mouths shut.

Lord – please bring Your Vision, Your Truth and may we speak it out like a bolt of Your crystal clear lightning and bring Your Light, Your Truth into this world. We yield our entire beings  to You, Use us Lord to bring Your Vision – Your Light into each and every situation that You have designated for us to bring Your Vision – Your Truth. We desire Your will for our lives. We choose Your desire for our lives. Anoint and appoint us and may we be as well formed arrows in Your hand that hit the target every time in Jesus name Amen.

Psalm 144:6 The Voice Send forth bolts of lightning, and scatter my enemies.  Shoot Your fiery arrows, and rout the enemy.

Job 36:32 The Voice 32     In the palms of His hands He holds lightning and issues orders for it to strike its target.

John 8:31-32 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 31 Then Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”

Blessings and Shalom to each of you who have made the choice to abide in The Word, Know the truth, be set free. In Yeshua’s Name – Amen

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth

© Beth Auman 2016

This entry was posted on May 27, 2016, in Beth Auman.