Scripture for the week of September 26, 2021 By JoBeth Kested
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Have you ever struggled to find enough faith to guide you in the midst of gripping fearful circumstances? In such times, it is important to remember that submitting to fear instead of believing in faith is a choice. Let’s take a look at this scripture with the word fear in place of the word faith and see how it would read. “Now fear is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” How much easier it is to see the foolishness of wasting our time and energy by wallowing in the quicksand of fear that anticipates and expects things we can’t even see yet and have no power to change. We can choose to have faith in our all powerful Heavenly Father that creates worlds out of nothing, is able to move mountains, make rivers in the desert, and brings resurrection life from the dead! Instead of yielding to fear, let’s put our faith in Almighty God that can create things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Yes, Lord!
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. Amen.
Yom Kippur Decrees made today 9/16/21 in God’s Prophetic Hebraic Year 5782 which has just begun.
In the Mighty and Holy Name above all Names Yeshua Hamashiach – Jesus who is Lord, I declare and decree His Word. Amen
Psalm 46. CJB For the leader. By the descendants of Korach. On ‘alamot [high-pitched musical instruments?]. A song:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we are unafraid, even if the earth gives way, even if the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, even if its waters rage and foam, and mountains shake at its turbulence. (Selah) There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy habitation of ‘Elyon — God is in the city. It will not be moved — when daybreak comes, God will help it. Nations were in turmoil, kingdoms were moved; his voice thundered forth, and the earth melted away. Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us, our fortress, the God of Ya‘akov. (Selah) Come and see the works of Adonai, the astounding deeds he has done on the earth. To the ends of the earth he makes wars cease — he breaks the bow, snaps the spear, burns the shields in the fire. “Desist, and learn that I am God, supreme over the nations, supreme over the earth.” Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us, our fortress, the God of Ya‘akov. (Selah)
Psalm 36 CJB For the leader. By David, the servant of Adonai:
Crime speaks to the wicked. I perceive this in my heart; before his eyes there is no fear of God. For, the way he sees it, crime makes his life easy — that is, until his wrongs are discovered; then, he is hated. His words are wrong and deceitful; he has stopped being wise and doing good. He devises trouble as he lies in bed; so set is he on his own bad way that he doesn’t hate evil. Adonai, in the heavens is your grace; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God, your judgments are like the great deep. You save man and beast, Adonai. How precious, God, is your grace! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings, they feast on the rich bounty of your house, and you have them drink from the stream of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your grace to those who know you and your righteousness to the upright in heart. Don’t let the foot of the proud tread on me or the hands of the wicked drive me away. There they lie fallen, those evildoers, flung down and unable to rise.
Psalm 71 CJB In you, Adonai, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me; and help me to escape. Turn your ear toward me, and deliver me. Be for me a sheltering rock, where I can always come. You have determined to save me, because you are my bedrock and stronghold. My God, help me escape from the power of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and ruthless. For you are my hope, Adonai Elohim, in whom I have trusted since I was young. From birth I have relied on you; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. To many, I am an amazing example; but you are strong protection for me. My mouth is full of praise for you, filled with your glory all day long. Don’t reject me when I grow old; when my strength fails, don’t abandon me. For my enemies are talking about me, those seeking my life are plotting together. They say, “God has abandoned him; go after him, and seize him, because no one will save him.” God, don’t distance yourself from me! My God, hurry to help me! May those who are opposed to me be put to shame and ruin; may those who seek to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace. But I, I will always hope and keep adding to your praise. All day long my mouth will tell of your righteous deeds and acts of salvation, though their number is past my knowing. I will come in the power of Adonai Elohim and recall your righteousness, yours alone. God, you have taught me since I was young, and I still proclaim your wonderful works. So now that I’m old, and my hair is gray, don’t abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed your strength to the next generation, your power to all who will come, your righteousness too, God, which reaches to the heights. God, you have done great things; who is there like you? You have made me see much trouble and hardship, but you will revive me again and bring me up from the depths of the earth. You will increase my honor; turn and comfort me. As for me, I will praise you with a lyre for your faithfulness, my God. I will sing praises to you with a lute, Holy One of Isra’el. My lips will shout for joy; I will sing your praise, because you have redeemed me. All day long my tongue will speak of your righteousness. For those who are seeking to harm me will be put to shame and disgraced.
Psalm 146 CJB. Halleluyah! Praise Adonai , my soul! I will praise Adonai as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God all my life. Don’t put your trust in princes or in mortals, who cannot help. When they breathe their last, they return to dust; on that very day all their plans are gone. Happy is he whose help is Ya‘akov’s God, whose hope is in Adonai his God. He made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; he keeps faith forever. He secures justice for the oppressed, he gives food to the hungry. Adonai sets prisoners free, Adonai opens the eyes of the blind, Adonai lifts up those who are bent over. Adonai loves the righteous. Adonai watches over strangers, he sustains the fatherless and widows; but the way of the wicked he twists. Adonai will reign forever, your God, Tziyon, through all generations. Halleluyah!
Blessings and Shalom – Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
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 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 unexpected 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 arising light upon us with His glorious presence, comfort and sufficient grace for each day. Thank You, Lord!
“The breaker goes up before them; they break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the Lord at their head.” Micah 2:13 (NASV)
Is there some situation in your life where you are desperately in need of a breakthrough? There are several important things we can learn about the Lord in this scripture. He leads and goes before us. He stands between us and our enemies and in times of trouble He can break us out of places that hold us captive. We are also assured in Isaiah 45:2 that He will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. He is the Lord of the Hosts of Heavenly armies and is able to breakthrough any of our enemies plans against us. It is God’s desire for us to know Him as The Lord of the Breakthrough that breaks down walls of captivity, makes the crooked places straight and able to make the rough places smooth on our behalf. Ask God to reveal Himself as the Lord of the Breakthrough and to break through for you!