Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the week for July 24, 2016

JoBeth107For 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 trying 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 ask what does it mean to fear the Lord? Simply, it means great reverence and awe for the Almighty-Creator-Ruler God of the universe and to acknowledge He is Lord over us individually as well. When we choose to fear the Lord, His loving kindness 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 that 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!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 17, 2016

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The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

Have you ever come to an unexpected fork in the road, confused and discouraged without a clue for which way to go? This scripture was spoken to Joshua when Moses directed him to lead the Israelites into the promised land. You may be holding onto some hopes, promises and dreams but feel like you have lost your way. What an encouragement this promise of the Lord’s presence and guidance must have been to Joshua and it can be for you, too. Grab hold of this truth for yourself and allow the Lord to reveal and establish the hope of His presence with you. You can release your fears and discouragements knowing without a doubt that The Lord is with you! He’ll never leave you and He is going before you to lead you into the future, hope and blessings He has prepared just for you! Praise the Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 10, 2016

JoBeth105The 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

Victory by Beth Auman

Flower4We must have HIS Logos and Rhema Word, His written and prophetic Word – His way of leading us and guiding us on His well lit path for us…

Oh Lord, I take my seat in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.. There in You I remain and I will stand on my rampart to watch and see what You will say.. I will fight from the place of VICTORY because You are VICTORY and as long as I don’t leave my place, (my seat in You).. I am assured VICTORY because YOU already WON the fight..Lord I want to fight Your way.. teach me how..

LORD, I am listening for Your direction.. Light my path.. Bring Your purifying fire and I will listen and obey.. I will declare and decree as I hear Your voice.. Your orders to me.. And as I yield my life, my tongue and whole self.. to YOUR will, YOUR way…YOUR Plan.. VICTORY is…because YOUR blood sacrifice WON the VICTORY Eternally for me..Amen

Psalm 18:2-3(KJV) The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Ephesians 2:5-7 (KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

 The choice to take your seat in Him is yours – that is your free will given to you by the I AM – Creator of the Universe.. He has a plan – but you have to choose His plan, align yourself with His plan and choose to hear His voice though Holy Spirit and follow His well lit path.
The Mighty God

El Gibbor.
The Mighty God. Picture of God as a Warrior and Champion (Isa. 9:6).
Gibbor means strong or mighty

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/El/el.html

© Beth Auman 2014

This entry was posted on July 6, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 3, 2016

JoBeth104Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. —the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. Jeremiah 31:17,18b (NKJV)

Have you ever gazed upon the innumerable stars in the night sky in awe of the power and majesty of God? It is really easy to then feel so small and insignificant with doubts that God would care about us and our circumstances. Mighty God in this verse means Warrior, a Champion and Hero. The God who made all of creation, Warrior Lord of all the angelic armies of heaven, is also our Champion and Hero! Are you battle weary of circumstances beyond your control or blind sighted by attacks you least expected? No matter what you are facing, be encouraged and trust that the great and powerful arm of Mighty God (El-Gibbor), your Champion, your Hero, is outstretched to you and nothing is too hard for Him! There is nothing too hard for our God to protect and provide, to lead and guide us in all our circumstances. Yes, Amen!
By JoBeth Kested

 

Love and Hate by Beth Auman

Love IS_2The Lord is always speaking and it is up to each and everyone of us to yield to Him with eyes wide open and ears waiting to hear Him clearly.

I am continually watching to see what The Lord will say to me. What He will say to people through me. When the LORD speaks He knows exactly how to get to the heart of any man or woman, it does not matter what they have done – it only matters what He has to say and I am truly willing to be obedient and say exactly what He has to say.

That is a key for each and everyone of us. Speaking only when He says to speak and keeping our mouth closed when He has not spoken, no matter what our flesh wants to say. His word is life. Our words can hold life or death because we are human. This is not always easy, however, it does define love and hate, life and death.

What He has shown me lately is the reality of Love and Hate. Deep within myself. What true Love is and what true Hate is. I am a work in progress and it is my greatest desire to fulfill the destiny that God created me for. I receive His correction and want to walk in Love – not Hate. Hate can be very deceiving, disguising itself as righteousness. When in fact God only speaks in LOVE and He will reveal Himself to us always in a loving manner. If you can’t find the LOVE in it, then it is not from God.

He is teaching me to recognize and discern His Love and how to discern the devils hate. His Love is patient, kind, never envious, does not boast, not arrogant, rude, crude, indecent or self-absorbed. His LOVE is not easily upset and does not tally wrongs or celebrate injustice. It puts up with anything and everything that comes along, Trusts, Hopes and Endures No Matter What – Love will never be obsolete.

As I have watched the comments of people lately I have seen much love and much dangerous hate.  We must all endeavor to be discerners of Love (God) and Hate (The Devil).  God wants you to speak the Truth in Love. There is a way to do that.  Just because you are saved by the blood of Jesus does not mean that the devil can’t bring you down by using you to propagate hate.

IF LOVE IS NOT PRESENT – If what is being spoken or written is not spoken or written in LOVE – it is not from GOD.  Even when GOD corrects us – He corrects us in a loving manner. If what you are receiving is not being spoken in a loving manner – it is not from GOD. If what you are speaking or writing is not spoken in a loving manner, it is not from God.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is LOVE filled with Wisdom and Power.

John 3:16 The Voice 16 For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.

Psalm 37:30 The Voice 30 Wisdom fills the mouth of the right-living;     justice and truth roll from their tongues.

Proverbs 18:21 (NASB) 21 Death and life are in the [a]power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

The word expressed here touches my own heart because as a receiver of His Great Everlasting Love and Salvation – I have received the Greatest gift ever given, Jesus.  When we express His Love – we must express it in love and in a gentle manner, remembering that even when He brings correction – He is LOVE and therefore, Love is presenting the correction. God does not require that we add our own humanistic spin to what He is saying. He expects us to speak only what He is saying in a kind and loving manner. When He speaks there is Power made available to change, heal, deliver and create peace.

When hate is expressed many times it is expressed loudly. If someone is screaming at you or speaking in ALL CAPS and telling you what the Word of God says – that’s not coming in a loving manner and you must discern if it is God or the devil. Remember – the devil knows the Word of God very well and he will say anything to get you all bound up.

Romans 8:1-2 The Voice Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death.

When the Word of God comes in truth – it touches the heart of His intended with LOVE. It is not loud or rude. It is Loving and Kind, like warm loving oil flowing into the deepest parts of you, tangible Love.

Some are going to heaven and some will go to hell, but please remember this: not one person ever received the Salvation of Jesus Christ through a hate filled person. Not one. Not one person will be saved by our expressions of self righteousness, Not One.

Only God can convict the sinner of His sin and impart Salvation. We must all evaluate ourselves and align ourselves with our Loving Holy Father, His Son Jesus and Holy Spirit our Eternal Love.

Father God we come before You in Jesus name and ask for forgiveness. Forgive us for every time that we have spoken in an unkind, unloving manner. Please forgive us for any and all hurt that we have caused others.

Please, Lord give us Your wisdom and revelation in each and every situation. Lord we trust You and want You to fill us and refill us with Your Holy Spirit everyday. We choose to align our thoughts, hearts and tongues with Yours in each and every situation in Jesus name Amen.

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth Auman

 

 

This entry was posted on June 29, 2016, in Beth Auman.

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.