Archive | March 2019

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 31, 2019

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

Have you ever experienced the abandonment of a spouse, the betrayal of a friend, rejection of family, or a deep empty loneliness that won’t go away? Or, do paralyzingly fears or fear of death cripple your future hopes? This scripture is a comforting reminder that no matter what valley of pain or death we may have to walk through in this life, there is absolutely no power, nor any place, any person nor anything that can separate us from the love of Christ. Corrie ten Boom, a survivor of one of the worst Nazi concentration camps during WWII, once said, “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” If you struggle with past hurts, present anxiety, fear of death or fear of future dilemma, ask Jesus to come heal your heart, free you from all fear and to fill you with His love that never fails nor will never leave you. May you know the joy of God’s endless love for you today!
By JoBeth Kested

Breakthrough to Passover In Nissan By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

In our invitation for you to join with us on the Journey of the Overcomers, you may have wondered why we chose to begin with Adar I rather than the month of Nissan; which is the beginning of months. (Exodus 12:1-2 NKJV)  We began in Adar I so that we could focus on ending this current season well before going into the beginning of new things. In Adar I and Adar II, we have the opportunity to allow Adonai to identify any areas of bitterness and the enemy’s strategies of destruction in our lives. We are invited to partake of the sweetness of overcoming joy from the Ripe Fruit of Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2). We do not want any bitterness or patterns of destruction to follow us into the things God has for us ahead. We will want to continue moving forward in this “Journey of the Overcomers” into the new beginnings in the month of Nissan and the celebration of Passover.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

None of us, as blood covenant believers in Jesus Christ, have to wander in any wilderness for 40 years when we all have the opportunity to move forward in the overcoming resurrection power of the LORD. Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Our LORD, we have the privilege to receive right relationship with God. We can receive Jesus as our LORD and Savior because the veil in the temple has been torn and there is no longer a barrier of separation between us and our Father God. Through the forgiveness of our sins by His blood, we now have access into the heavenly places through Jesus. We are free in Him to move from darkness to light, bondage to liberty and fear to hope, toward the fulfilling purposes that He has created for each of us. By His empowering, overcoming grace, in restored relationship, we can love what He LOVES, because He first loved us by sending His only begotten Son to save us. (I John 4:19 NKJV)

 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8 (NKJV)

As we enter the month of Nissan in anticipation of Passover, it is now cycle breaking time! So many things have been spoken and written about the “Breaker Anointing”. We have read about it, written about it and prayed about it many times. The Bible is full of stories where people became the overcomers, that passed over, through the symbolic blood of the Lamb and the Blood of Jesus; Who is The Lord of the Breakthrough. (Micah 2:13) In Him, we pass over from death into LIFE, from sorrow to joy, from infirmity to healing (both physically and spiritually). We pass over into the Peace of Shalom; nothing missing and nothing broken because Shalom in the Prince of Peace is the ultimate goal!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

Will you continue with us toward the breakthroughs we all hope for? Will you ask yourself, “Where in your life are you not experiencing His Shalom?” “What is missing?” “What is broken?” It is up to each of us individually to come before the Lord and ask Him where we need deliverance and break through in our lives. We each have this invitation and choice to press into knowing the Lord of the Breakthrough in this new season. Please ask The LORD to reveal anything that you need to leave behind. You do not have to carry the old baggage with you into this Overcoming season of Breakthrough. As you continue with us on this Quest of the Overcomers, we will learn more about how to break the unholy cycles in our lives, to leave things of the past behind, continuing toward the future and hope The Lord has prepared for us. We have been given this wonderful revelation about partaking of the Ripe Fruit from the Tree of Life each month for the overcoming life.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

We bless each of you, truly from our hearts, and want you to become all that Adonai created you to be in fulfilling your destiny. We speak Breakthrough as you break out of the old cycles and leave them behind. We declare the resurrection power of the Blood of Jesus over each of you and Speak LIFE to you, entering into the joy of this Passover season in the month of Nissan.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:11-16 (NKJV)

LORD, we declare and decree over every person who choses to go with us on this Quest of the Overcomer, good ground, hearers of the Word, with a noble and good heart; keeping and bearing fruit with patience. LORD, open our eyes and ears that we may see and know all we need to lay down before the feet of Jesus, The Lord of the Breakthrough. May we Passover, moving forward with You, partaking of the Ripe Fruit of the Tree of Life in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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Adar II 5779

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 24, 2019

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along ufamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

Have you ever been blinded by the penetrating brightness of sunshine in your eyes or by a winter snow storm where you couldn’t see the road ahead or the next step in front of you? Sometimes we can feel so blinded by sudden unexpected circumstances that we have no idea how to find our way out of the anxiety and fearful darkness. What comfort it is to find God’s promise to us that even when we are lost and can’t see, He is there to help us find our way. The Lord declares that He will turn the oppressive darkness into glorious light and that He will even make the rough places smooth before us. What an uplifting hope to have such assurance that the Lord is always there and will never abandon us in any helpless place! Whatever darkness you may find yourself in, be encouraged to call upon the Lord; reaching out to Him, to guide you into the light of His presence along the path of His peace.

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 17, 2019

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

Have you ever been so weary with the heaviness of discouragement that you feel like you can hardly hold your head up much less walk or run? Or are you facing situations beyond your control that seem impossible to deal with? This scripture informs us that those who wait on the Lord have access to His power and strength even beyond when the young will faint and give up! Though we usually find it hard to wait on anything or anybody, this kind of waiting is not idle with twittleling our thumbs. It is an active, persevering, listening and inquiring kind of waiting with expectation and anticipation for a demonstration of God’s miraculous power working in us and through us and for us. As we wait on the Lord, His supernatural power with His mighty strength renews and empowers us to run our race and also lifts our spirit up to soar like eagles! Lord, please help us and teach us how to wait!

By JoBeth Kested

My Help Comes From The LORD by Beth Auman

Have you ever been in a real jam? A situation that seems impossible?  You have a choice to focus on the problem or set your will to lift your eyes to the LORD and focus on His solution to your problem.

The solution has been provided for you already. You have to focus on the LORD and receive His wisdom.

My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth and He will not allow my feet to slip. Psalm 121:2

Praise The LORD Most High Today and focus on Him. Life is Life and it really gets hard sometimes, BUT GOD!! He will make a way – Jesus IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH and LIFE.

John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

You can trust in and rely on Him. He will lead you and guide you into all truth for your life. He will seperate you from the false and reveal the truth in every situation. He will restore your joy and He promises that He will be with you in trouble. John 16:33These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So set your will to lift up your eyes to the LORD today, focus on Him. He’s got this because He has overcome the world. There is nothing that we will ever face that He has not already overccome. It really is all in what we choose to focus on.

If you desire to walk in God’s cycle and break the patterns that steel your joy. Please join JoBeth and I on our Quest of the Overcomers.

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar I 5779

Adar II 5779

Blessings and Shalom in Jesus Name

Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman

I Will Lift Up My Eyes by Beth Auman

This entry was posted on March 13, 2019, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 10, 2019

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

If God supposedly knows everything and has a plan, why should we bother with prayer and asking for His help? Do you have childhood memories of playing hide-and-seek and how much fun it is to surprise someone in their hiding place? And how special it is to see the joyous expression on a loved one’s face when they walk into a surprise party in their honor? These verses reveal God’s heart in that He longs for us to seek Him and to find the overwhelming joy of how much He loves us. How awesome that God loves to reveal Himself to us and to surprise us with signs and wonders in answering our prayers. Be encouraged to keep on asking to receive, seeking to find and knocking for the open doors of God’s blessings and abundant provision for you today.
By JoBeth Kested

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779 -By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

We are now entering the month of Adar 2 in the Hebrew Calendar from March 7 through April 5th. It follows the previous month of Adar 1 and is added to the Hebrew Calendar every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. The motto for this month is Mi-shenikhnas adar marbim be-simcha or “When Adar arrives, joy increases.” Tradition teaches that Adar is so full of joy that it is as if Adar were pregnant with happiness. Indeed, the Hebrew Calendar leap years give us two Adars to contain all the joy of Adar!

Let’s also remember that the significant tribe in the months of Adar is Naphtali, which means “Sweetness is to me”. This is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. Purim is celebrated in this month and is the happiest, most joyous celebration time in the Hebrew calendar. This is definitely an overcoming month to experience joy!

What is the fruit from the tree of life that the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? (Revelation 22:2a NKJV)

Clue – The sweetness of extravagant overcoming joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

     Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV

 In the festivities of Purim, the Jewish people celebrate overthrowing the evil Haman who was determined to destroy Esther’s uncle Mordecai and all the Jewish people in the land!

     John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 Clue – That old devil always overplays his hand!

Don’t ever forget that in the Purim story Haman actually cast dice to determine the date of the extinction of the Jews. He didn’t just want to murder the babies, or the men and women. He wanted to kill the entire Jewish race. Let that sink in for a moment. The battle is fierce for those who submit themselves to the LORD.  

Clue – Who is a Jew, what does it mean and why do we need to know?

The first individual to be called a Jew (Yehudi) in the Scriptures was Mordecai, of Purim fame.

“There was a man, a Yehudi, in Shushan the capital, whose name was Mordecai . . . a Yemini” (Esther 2:5).

 The Talmud adds: “He is called a Yehudi, implying that he descended from Judah; he then is called Yemini, implying that he is a Benjaminite.” Rabbi Jochanan responds that Mordecai was of the Tribe of Benjamin but was called a Yehudi because anyone who rejects idolatry is called a Yehudi.” Other commentaries explain that the name Yehudah shares the same root as the Hebrew word hoda’ah, which means acknowledgement or submission. One who acknowledges Gd’s existence and submits to His authority—to the extent that he is willing to sacrifice his life for the sanctification of His name—he is called a Yehudi.

 

Let’s look at the story of Esther in one of the most amazing Books of the Bible. Esther was an orphan, raised by her uncle Mordecai, a Yehudi. Esther became the Queen in Vashti’s place because Vashti disrespected the King’s authority by refusing to come to a war council banquet. She did not follow the protocol of the earthly kingdom in which she reigned. Therefore, she was banished.

     “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it. And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women’s quarters, to learn of Esther’s welfare and what was happening to her. Esther 2:10-11 NKJV

If anyone was ever on a Quest it was Esther. Esther, was a Yehudi and had to conceal her Jewishness while in the Kingdom. She was submitted to Elohim and continued to pray only to Him while in the contest to become Queen. “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Esther 2:17 NKJV) She learned the ways of their earthly protocol and yet in her heart Ester always knew that there was a greater purpose that God had for her life.

“After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew. When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.” Esther 3:1-7 NKJV

 “…In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king’s signet ring. And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.” Esther 3:12-13 NKJV

     And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 NKJV

Esther trusted in the wise counsel of her uncle Mordecai and submitted herself and the eminent destruction of her Jewish people to God. She relied totally on Him alone as she instructed all her handmaidens and the Jews in the city to fast and pray with her. God did not disappoint her; with clear instructions requiring her trust and obedience to see the salvation of God. In the end it was Haman and his entire family that was rendered extinct and the Jewish people were saved!

“By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.

     The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday.” Esther 8:11-12, 16-17a NKJV

 

When a trial comes, the moment that it begins, submit your trial immediately to the LORD. The word submit means duck – get out of God’s way so that He can bring His Victory quickly. When we submit immediately, He is involved immediately. If we wait and try to defeat the devil alone then we are fighting a losing battle. With God all things are possible. Without Him we lose. Esther did not perish nor did the Jewish people. Nor will you! As you learn to submit your circumstance immediately to the LORD, walk in His ways of wisdom and instruction you will also eat of the ripe fruit in this month of extravagant joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-8, 10 NKJV

Submission to seek the wisdom and counsel of Jesus, our Lord and King, is the key to Victory. In the resurrection power of the blood of Jesus, The Messiah, we have the right to submit our circumstances to Him, appropriate His blood, in the declaration of His name with His title deed of ownership over all our battles, trial and circumstances.  The power of His name and His blood shed for us is more than most of us can truly comprehend.

 

From JoBeth: Several years ago my husband came home from work, where he had been employed in a position of leadership for 18 years, and shared that he had received an email that morning unjustly releasing him from his job! In absolute shock, we hit our knees with tears pouring down our faces, submitting all to the Lord and declaring our total dependence upon Him; not jobs, people or circumstances. There were those that advised us to fight the injustice to be fully restored to the position that we knew God had sovereignly, previously given to him. We felt God’s instruction to trust and wait on Him. About 6 weeks later we received a call offering my husband his dream job in the mountains of Colorado that led us into one of the most joyous, happy and fulfilling seasons of our entire lives!

     “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalm 126:6 NIV

Today, Ask the LORD if there is anything that you need to submit to Him. Learn to submit your life and each situation that arises to Him quickly. Follow His well-lit path to our fulfilled destiny in Him. He is our Victory and there is such Joy during this month of Adar II. Celebrate with Him. Embrace the ripe fruit from the tree of life this month and learn to Love what the LORD Loves. Embrace the joy in the journey together on this Quest with us.

“Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah” Psalms 66:2-4 NKJV

 

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Reference: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/640221/jewish/What-is-the-Meaning-of-the-Name-Jew.htm

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779 -By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

(Photography purchased or taken by BethAuman and JoBeth Kested) Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 

Greater Love by Beth Auman

Jesus said that Greater Love has no one than this, That one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

A friend is a person who loves you no matter what. A friend is one who will always tell you the Truth and lead you to a closer relationship with Jesus.

Proverbs 17:17 (CJB)17 A friend shows his friendship at all times — it is for adversity that [such] a brother is born.

Abba had you in mind when He created your friends. He knew exactly what you would walk through in this life and who you would need.

WOW! He IS Amazing and He created friends that would lay their lives down for you. Thank YOU LORD!

Jesus was the best friend that He ever created and He is there for you right now, today and throughout all eternity. He Loves you and all you have to do is rest in HIM. HE literally laid His life down for you.

Talk to HIM. He is a great listner and Abba wrote an entire Bible that includes every single problem that you’ll ever face. It is a literal road map (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) to navigate through this life.

Remember that God created you to walk through with your friends too. So be the best friend that you can be. Pray with and for your friends. Be there for them in good times and bad. Love your friends and follow after the LORD with all of your heart and lean on your best friend Jesus. He will lead you and guide you into all truth. He will help you find the friends that He has chosen for you. Because He is the TRUTH and your BEST FRIEND.

Blessings and Shalom to each of you in Jesus Name.

Love Beyone Measure,

Beth Auman

This entry was posted on March 5, 2019, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 3, 2019

I will stand at my guard post. I will station myself on the wall. I will watch to see what He will say to me and what answer I will get to my complaint. Habakkuk 2:1 (GW)

Have you ever had to wait longingly for an important letter or phone call that would free you from the anxiety of something unknown or for hopes fulfilled? How agonizing the waiting process can be! It can demand all of our attention and hinder our ability to focus on anything else! What if we turned that same waiting expectation and anticipation toward hearing God’s voice? It is interesting that this scripture instructs us to watch and wait with the assurance that God will answer our questions and complaints. Or, as some others translations imply, that the Lords will respond with gentle reproving correction. We are encouraged to take our place like a disciplined soldier standing guard upon the fortress high place and to watch with confident expectation, knowing that our loving God will surely answer all our doubts, fears, questions and complaints. Lord, help us to wait on You. Give us eyes to see your ways and ears to hear your voice. Yes and amen.
By JoBeth Kested