LOVE IS By Beth Auman

stock-photo-19058763-three-red-rose-stemsLove is first and foremost a Gift. A Gift of the Spirit. A Gift to be shared and spread all over the entire World.  Just ponder for a moment that God so Loved us that He gave His Best Gift that we may choose and live eternally with Him.

John 3:16 (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.

Be strengthened church body by the Gift of Love that God has given to us through the giving of His Son and Holy Spirit. Walk in Love and let’s all make an effort to learn more about what Love is, how Love acts, who Love Loves and embrace the Gift.

Personally I Love the Voice Translation of the Bible and have included the entire LOVE chapter. I hope and pray that you will read it and receive a deeper Revelation of the Gift of LOVE. That we will all be Transformed by the renewing of our minds and as a result, we will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.  I Bless you all in the Strong Name of Jesus and hope that you will Love Well.

Romans 12:2 (VOICE)Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

1 Corinthians 13 (VOICE)

Gifts of the Spirit, which are intended to strengthen the church body, often divide the body because members of the church elevate those who possess the more visible gifts over those whose gifts function in the background. In fact, this is the very problem facing the Corinthians. So while talking about the importance and function of these gifts in chapters 12 and 14, Paul shifts his focus to the central role love plays in a believer’s life in chapter 13. Love is essential for the body to be unified and for members to work together. Members of the body that are very different, with little in common, are able to appreciate and even enjoy others because of the love that comes when a life is submitted to God.

13 What if I speak in the most elegant languages of people or in the exotic languages of the heavenly messengers, but I live without love? Well then, anything I say is like the clanging of brass or a crashing cymbal. What if I have the gift of prophecy, am blessed with knowledge and insight to all the mysteries, or what if my faith is strong enough to scoop a mountain from its bedrock, yet I live without love? If so, I am nothing. I could give all that I have to feed the poor, I could surrender my body to be burned as a martyr, but if I do not live in love, I gain nothing by my selfless acts.

Paul boils it all down for the believers in Corinth. Religious people often spend their time practicing rituals, projecting dogma, and going through routines that might look like Christianity on the outside but that lack the essential ingredient that brings all of it together—love! It is a loving God who birthed creation and now pursues a broken people in the most spectacular way. That same love must guide believers, so faith doesn’t appear to be meaningless noise.

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete. Now as for the prophetic gifts, they will not last; unknown languages will become silent, and the gift of knowledge will no longer be needed. Gifts of knowledge and prophecy are partial at best, at least for now, 10 but when the perfection and fullness of God’s kingdom arrive, all the parts will end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned in childlike ways as we all do. But when I became a man, I left my childish ways behind. 12 For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. 13 But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.

Love Beyond Measure

Beth

© Beth Auman 2016

This entry was posted on February 12, 2016, in Beth Auman.

The Father’s Heart by Bonnie S. Vaughan

rose-1385723“having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him (Ephesians 1:9-10 NKJV).
A dreamer does not know the limitations of the Father’s heart, for their focus is not on self, but on the Spirit. They don’t look at their surroundings and wonder, “How can this be?” For they have a greater understanding of what He wants to do and accomplish.
His revelation is the doorway to opportunity, and once unlocked, gives way to miracles. His heartbeat yearns to be made known to all who will but trust Him. It’s a place where we find ourselves shuffling through the masses to touch the most important piece of information: His garment; and once within the veil, we are not only willing, but ready to receive all His heart longs to make known.
It’s like a kid in a candy store, there’s so much to see and touch, but it can’t be purchased all at the same time. It’s a returning process that requires diligent effort to seek the truth and embrace its value; a value that implies the importance of its existence, not only for the receiver, but to share with the world. What Father God desires is our obedience to His Word, and in turn, His rewards to us will be outstanding.
Go change the world, one at a time, with His heartbeat.
Father, bring Your children into an understanding of Your grace and love, so that they would desire to come into Your presence without fear or hesitation, and receive all You desire for them to have in Jesus Precious Name…Amen.
Blessings,
© Bonnie S. Vaughan

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 7, 2016

JoBeth88As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32 (NKJV)

Are you frustrated with your imperfections, disappointed in the imperfect people in your life, or weary of this imperfect world? What a huge comfort to discover the truth that the ways of our God are perfect and to know with assurance that His Word has proven to be perfect, too. For all who put their trust in Him, the Lord is our strength and shield, protector and defender against all oppression and injustice. He alone is the Almighty God above all gods and majestic Lord above all lords. There is nothing in this world more sure, more true and more dependable than our God, The Rock. Our loving, compassionate and merciful God lifts us out of our pity puddles of discouragement, renews our strength and even makes our crooked rough roads into perfect paths of peace. Thank You, Lord!
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Psalm 119:18 – by Beth Auman

Psalm119.18Oh LORD, may we see so clearly that we may take in (receive with all of our senses and see from Your perspective) the Amazing things coming from Your Law.

In our society today God’s Law is forsaken, blasphemed, over looked, disrespected and trodden.  He is left out when our hearts should be crying to see from His perspective with His perception and acuity (sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing).

Keenness of thought – Receiving His thoughts, allowing Him to renew our minds according to His Word  in Romans 12:2 (VOICE) Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

Vision – Allowing Him to open the eyes of our understanding according to His Word in Ephesians 1:17-19 (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.

Hearing – May we hear His voice with the fullness of clarity so that we hear and see using all of our senses what He shows us as written in His Word in Revelation 21:5 (VOICE) 5 And the One who sat on the throne announced to His creation, The One: See, I am making all things new. (turning to me) Write what you hear and see, for these words are faithful and true.

Abba The Eternal is calling out to each of us today – Can you perceive Him in fullness with all of your senses and interpret what He is showing you? 

Lord, we anticipate new level of hearing Your voice, seeing what You show us from Your perspective and interpreting clearly the Revelation that You are sending with all of our senses. Open to us all that is necessary to fulfill our destinies for Your Glory.

Psalm 17:15 (VOICE) 15 But as for me, my hope is to see Your face.  When I am vindicated, I will look upon the holy face of God, and when I awake, the longing of my soul will be satisfied in the glow of Your presence.

In Jesus Name Amen

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This entry was posted on February 3, 2016, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 30, 2016

JoBeth85I pray … that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe… Ephesians 1:17-19 (NASB)

Are you in need of wisdom and revelation? Do you need a renewed hope in order to move beyond your current circumstances? Wisdom is the ability to understand things difficult to comprehend, revelation is a surprising truth revealed by God and hope is the anticipation of a fulfilled desire. We are reminded in this scripture that in knowing Him, our Father God gives to us the gift of His spirit of wisdom and revelation. We can also expect to “see” a lightening in our hearts to KNOW the hope of His calling. As His chosen ones, there is an awesome greatness of His power toward us who believe in Him. And, there is a wealth of glory that is His inheritance in us! May you know the greatness of His wisdom, power, and love for you!

The Word of God Stands by Conny Hubbard

purple-flowers-1474422Just before my sister and my brother-in-law had to fly back home to Germany, after a wonderful visit with us, my husband and I took them to the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, NC. Not long after we had entered the building my sister Lydia turned to me and said, “I can feel the power and authority of the Word of God in this place.”

Later, as we went through the different exhibit rooms I stood in front of a screen that played a video of Billy Graham speaking. He was reminiscing about the time of his calling to preach. He told of a time where he wrestled with God and he made an important decision. He said he put the Bible on a tree stump and told God that he was now receiving the Bible as the Word of God that God had said it is. I just wonder how many of us have ever made that kind of decision – one that ends all arguments and puts all doubts to death, once and for all.

 We only need to remember the millions of souls that have come streaming to the altars after Billy Graham preached a sermon in which he said many times, over and over, “The Bible says…” I’ve never had the privilege to attend a live crusade but watched in on TV many times over the years. It’s obvious to see that God backed him up. When his servant spoke the Word, God moved upon the hearts of countless men, women and children to respond to the Word.

 We live in a day and age where many enemy forces try to shake and rattle the validity of God’s word. The enemy of our souls still tries to poison our minds with this question, “Has God said?”

 I’ve been to the Billy Graham library at least three times now – I love to take my company there – and each time something different stands out to me. This time it was this statement that Billy Graham made about receiving the Word of God for what it says it is.

 The Word is unshakable and it stands forever. We are shaken when we stop believing that it, indeed, is the Word of God. But we can make a decision to accept it and to make a new commitment to God’s Word. I’m not talking about making some kind of new resolution to read the Bible more or to sign up for a better Bible reading plan. I’m talking about making a decision in our hearts to stop the arguments, silence the doubts and shut the door to the faith undermining questions.

 I encourage you, dear reader, today, to renew you commitment to God’s Word. Make that decision in your heart and let the Holy Spirit work it out in your life.

  

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8 

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

GOD IS OPENING DOORS by JoBeth Kested

GOD IS OPENING DOORS

JoBeth - Post “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door,  and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:8 NKJV

The Lord woke me up early one morning a few days ago. This is highly unusual in itself since anyone that knows me would confirm that I am NOT a morning person! After praying for a few minutes, I felt directed to write down some things I had been talking to the Lord about. Shortly after I began to write, the following words began to fill my mind, flowing one right after the other, that took a couple of hours to write down.

Since the beginning of the New Year I have been seeking the Lord for what He had to say to me and our family this year. Though these words give direction and answers to some personal prayers, I felt the Lord wanted them shared beyond my household to encourage others, especially prayer warriors and intercessors. In this last season, many  of us have faced the limitations or end of our own strength through persevering trials and now welcome the Lord’s strength in our weakness. How uplifting to read the Lord’s promise of open doors for those that overcome in Revelation 3:8. I pray you will be encouraged, be blessed, and that you will see the open doors the Lord has for you to walk through this year.

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This is the year of the open doors. Many doors have closed in your face and against you in the past; but not this year. I declare the favorable year of the Lord. I am giving to you keys of the Kingdom. Whatsoever I tell you to open, you will open and go through, and no one can shut. Whatsoever I tell you to close, you will close and no one will open. You will walk through open doors this year.

I am reminding you of dreams and visions and prophesies that you thought were long gone, dead and buried. I am resurrecting your dreams and visions, for the time is now. It is not up to you, it is not about you or dependent upon your strengths, what you know, your skills or understanding. I am calling for the weak to confound the mighty and those the world call foolish to confound their wisdom. It is about knowing and hearing My voice and willingness to obey My will; going where I say go, doing what I say do. I will show you the who, the what, the when, where and how. Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit says the Lord.

I am calling forth the army of God; the young and the young in heart. I am raising up the veterans of past Kingdom battles and wars that know My voice and know My ways. I am calling you up, opening doors and setting you in place to teach, to train, equip and impart. Report for duty, take your place in the ranks and on the rampart. Be alert to My voice and my command. Put on the whole armor of God; the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness to guard your heart, the helmet of salvation to guard your mind, wearing the gospel shoes of peace, holding up the shield of faith to quench ALL the fiery darts of the enemy and wielding the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. You must wear the cloak of humility and go forth under the banner of my love. I will be your rear guard, your shield on the right and left, underneath you are my everlasting arms. I will hide you beneath my wings and hold you close to my heart. Ministering and warring Angels, the Angelic armies of the Heavenly Host, are being released on your behalf to strengthen, empower, equip, accompany and even at times to carry you forth. Greater is the army with you that you can’t see than those against you that you can see.

I am calling forth the intercessors and pouring out apostolic and prophetic anointing on their intercession. They will have the seer anointing to see with eagle eyes from my heavenly perspective. They will see what I want them to see, to hear what I want them to pray and they will decree with governing authority, calling forth my Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Speak to the dry bones of a lost generation; to those in the valley of decision and command them to arise from the dead in the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Call for the winds of the Spirit to blow across the the dessert and waste places in their lives that they might breathe the breath of life, covered by the saving blood of Jesus and reconciled into the loving arms of their Father God. There can be no more church as usual. Put off all pretense, performance, religiosity and any haughty spirituality. Turn away from criticism, condemnation and comparison. Put on the garments of praise and wear the cloak of humility. Love the lost, feed my sheep and pray.

Do you want to know me? Seek me and you will find me. Do you want to hear My voice? Ask and you will be given. Do you to know My will? Knock and the doors will be opened. This is a year of BREAKTHROUGH, the favor of the Lord and open doors.

Lord, help me to hear your voice, to see your light unto my path and to go through the open doors. I receive the future and hope, divine appointments, connections, opportunities and promotions You have for me and my household this year. Thank you for the enabling, empowering and sufficient grace we need for each step of the way. Here am I, send me and be it unto me according to Your will. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus name, amen.

 

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

 Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB

 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

 Scripture for the week of January 24, 2016

JoBeth86The Lord will always lead you. He will meet the needs of your soul in the dry times and give strength to your body. You will be like a garden that has enough water, like a well of water that never dries up. Isaiah 58:11 (NLV)


Have you ever seen the dazzling display of a dessert in glorious bloom after drenching thunderstorms or basked in the beauty of a luscious garden after a summer rain? Sometimes we find ourselves lost in a dry desolate place; overwhelmed by demands and needs with no idea of the way back to refreshing waters of life? Be encouraged by the promise of this scripture that the Lord is always with us to mercifully show us the way even when we find ourselves lost and desperate through foolish choices or by no faults of our own. God will meet all the needs of our soul (mind, will and emotions) and renews us when it looks like there is no provision in any direction. So, call upon the Lord in your day of trouble and He will deliver you (Psalms 50:15) and restore you like a well watered garden; filling you with His living water that never runs dry. Oh, hallelujah!

You have a Bright Future by Beth Auman

Jer2911Hear the Word of the LORD over your life and over your generations – He has a good plan for your life, your children’s lives, your grandchildren’s lives – your generations.

A plan for PEACE, Not Evil to give you and your generations a FUTURE and HOPE.

Anything that comes against this is not of GOD.  Don’t listen to the devils lies over your life or your generations.

Jesus came that we would have LIFE and LIFE more abundantly. John 10:10

NEVER FORGET THAT!

John 10:10 (VOICE) 10 The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.

  • NOTE from Beth:  I have heard the Word of the LORD over our lives. I’m hearing and listening and I am in agreement with His Word. Jeremiah 29:11 and John 10:10.

Ask JESUS to be the LORD of your life and truly belong to Him, take a step of faith on God’s Word and Have HOPE for your future. Tell the devil that he is a liar and that JESUS CHRIST I S LORD and that through Him we have ETERNAL VICTORY!!

We are Victorious and will walk in His abundance! He said so.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (VOICE) 57 Thank God, then, for our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, the Liberating King, who brought us victory over the grave.

 

This entry was posted on January 18, 2016, in Beth Auman.