Archive | January 2022

Welcome Adar I 5782

We have entered the last month of the Hebraic calendar which is Adar 1  beginning February 2, 2022 and ending Wednesday March 3, 2022. This is a leap year when Adar 1 is followed by the additional month of Adar 2 that is added every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. In a leap year, Purim is celebrated in the added month.

Adar means strength and power. The Tribe of Adar is Naphtali – “Sweetness is to me”. It’s meaning is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. This is an overcoming month to experience joy! It is said in apocryphal writings that Naphtali instructed his sons to fear the Lord; to serve and to follow after Him.

What is the fruit the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? Sweet fruit instead of bitter fruit!

  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. Revelation 22:2a NKJV

     Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. Psalms 34:8-9 NKJV

 Clue – Sweetness in overcoming joy!

What if the Lord is offering us the fruit of Joy from the tree of life this month? Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22.

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22 NKJV

  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

     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a NKJV

 

This exert was taken from http://faithtestimony.org/quest-of-the-overcomers-by-beth-auman-and-jobeth-kested/overcoming-fruit-from-the-tree-of-life-adar-i-5779/.

For more information on Adar please visit http://faithtestimony.org/quest-of-the-overcomers-by-beth-auman-and-jobeth-kested/adar-5780/

 

We Bless you all and Speak Shalom over you as Adonai makes all things that have been bitter – sweet. Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 30, 2022
By JoBeth Kested

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:7,9 (NKJV)

Have you ever known someone, or maybe you are someone, who tries to plan for everything and feels like everything must have a plan? Oh, how frustrating when all our well laid plans fall apart! At some time or another we all need to be reminded of the truth of this scripture, that we can plan and set admirable goals all we want, but it is the Lord that directs our steps. I am sure each of us could tell stories of sorrows with hidden blessings, of hopes lost with joys found or disasters that have lead to surprising opportunities and miracles. It is well and good to make plans to our hearts content; yet still be pliable and yielding to the Lord, trusting in Him to direct our steps. After all, we also have this promise that when our steps please the Lord, He is even able to make our enemies be at peace with us. Yes, Lord!

Declaration For Today In Jesus Name

Psalm 55 CJB For the leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David: Listen, God, to my prayer! Don’t hide yourself from my plea! Pay attention to me, and answer me! I am panic-stricken as I make my complaint, I shudder at how the enemy shouts, at how the wicked oppress; for they keep heaping trouble on me and angrily tormenting me. My heart within me is pounding in anguish, the terrors of death press down on me, fear and trembling overwhelm me, horror covers me. I said, “I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would flee to a place far off, I would stay in the desert. (Selah) I would quickly find me a shelter from the raging wind and storm.” Confuse, Adonai, confound their speech! For I see violence and fighting in the city. Day and night they go about its walls; within are malice and mischief. Ruin is rife within it, oppression and fraud never leave its streets. For it was not an enemy who insulted me; if it had been, I could have borne it. It was not my adversary who treated me with scorn; if it had been, I could have hidden myself. But it was you, a man of my own kind, my companion, whom I knew well. We used to share our hearts with each other; in the house of God we walked with the crowd. May he put death on them; let them go down alive to Sh’ol; for evil is in their homes and also in their hearts. But I will call on God, and Adonai will save me. Evening, morning and noon I complain and moan; but he hears my voice. He redeems me and gives me peace, so that no one can come near me. For there were many who fought me. God will hear and will humble them, yes, he who has sat on his throne from the start. (Selah) For they never change, and they don’t fear God. [My companion] attacked those who were at peace with him; he broke his solemn word. What he said sounded smoother than butter, but his heart was at war. His words seemed more soothing than oil, but in fact they were sharp swords. Unload your burden on Adonai, and he will sustain you. He will never permit the righteous to be moved. But you will bring them down, God, into the deepest pit. Those men, so bloodthirsty and treacherous, will not live out half their days. But for my part, [ Adonai,] I put my trust in you.
Psalm 55:1-24 CJB

Blessings and Shalom, Love Beyond Measure- Beth Auman

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 23, 2022
By JoBeth Kested

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar 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 sun 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 blindsided by sudden unexpected circumstances that we have no idea how to find our way out of lonely and fearful dark places. What comfort to find God’s promises to us that even when we are lost and can’t see, He will help us find the 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. With such assurance that our God will never abandon us nor give up on us, be encouraged to call upon the Lord. Reach out to Him, to lead and guide you out of the fearful darkness into the light of His presence; on the path of His peace that passes understanding. Yes, Lord!

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom -1/21/22

Shevat 19, 5782

Celebrating Shabbat is a choice. Just as receiving Yeshua (Jesus) as LORD is a choice. Being obedient to anything that Adonai our Elohim commands and ordains is our choice. He is not going to force us to receive Yeshua (Jesus) or Shabbat with Him. That is not His way. He simply turns His face to the ones who choose Him. Those are the ones on which He bestows His Favor and Blessing.

Personally, I want to rest in Him. My soul longs for Him and honoring Him in this way is the best way that I have to show Him how I long for Him. Shabbat is about enjoying the things that He created within us to love. What did He create within you that you love to do? Honor Him by doing that, as long as it is not what you make your daily living doing, remember no ordinary work.

Here are a few suggestions to help you enter into Shabbat:

Separate yourself unto Him.

Exodus 20:11 For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.

Shabbat is a sign between you and Adonai your Elohim (God) that you are set apart for Him and you are to teach your generations how to Shabbat.

Exodus 31:13“Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘You are to observe my Shabbats; for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am Adonai, who sets you apart for me.

Plan out your day to include dining or leftovers.

Exodus 16:23 He told them, “This is what Adonai has said: ‘Tomorrow is a holy Shabbat for Adonai. Bake what you want to bake; boil what you want to boil; and whatever is left over, set aside and keep for the morning.’”

Honor – don’t gather

Exodus 16:26 Gather it six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat on that day there won’t be any.”

Shabbat was made for you and Yeshua (Jesus) is the Lord of Shabbat.

Mark 2:27 Then he said to them, “Shabbat was made for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat;

Mark 2:28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat.”

Remember that Shabbat is for you. Sunday’s Church is in fact a First Fruit offering., Celebrating Shabbat as instructed by Adonai prepares the way for His Celebration on First Fruit Sunday, because Sunday is the First day of His week. Order is important to the Lord and learning about His order and way of doing things helps us walk circumspectly with Him.

Be Free in your Shabbat. Draw near unto ADONAI. Sing to Him, Worship Him and Rest in Him.

 

Blessings and Shabbat Shalom,

Love Beyond Measure.

Beth Auman

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 16, 2022

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1b-3a (NLT)

As we enter a new calendar year, are you caught in raging rivers of difficulties or the consuming fires of oppression and afraid of being overcome? How awesome to read God’s Word declaring at the beginning of these verses that we are not to fear because we belong to Him! Our God has already paid the exorbitant ransom price to set us free and He calls each of us by our name! What an wonderful truth that He is not only Elohim, Creator of the Universe, but also declares He is God Almighty, El-Gibbor (Zeph. 3:17), our Champion who fights for us. He will not allow any difficulty, oppression or consuming circumstance to destroy us and He is with us no matter what we must face in the days ahead. Renew your trust in His loving care and protection by His saving grace today and rejoice that you no longer have to walk alone. Thank You, Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom – 01/14/2022

Many have been taught that Shabbat is a Jewish thing. That the Old Testament Concealed Yeshua (Jesus) and the New Revealed, Yeshua (Jesus).  When in fact it’s all about Yeshua (Jesus), who WAS and IS and IS to Come. The Truth is that God breathed 66 Books with instructions that He wanted to communicate with those of us that would choose Him.

Each Word breathed by God should be seen as valuable and instructional. Every single Word is about Yeshua (Jesus), only the seekers of His Heart will dig deep and discover who He is through the entirety of His Word. Shabbat is a Blessing designed by Him, don’t miss out.

Much of Shabbat is realizing that obedience is better than sacrifice. We are to obey His Commandments and realize that there is weight on every one of His Words and obedience to His Commandments is His expectation of us.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 Sh’mu’el said, “Does Adonai take as much pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying what Adonai says? Surely obeying is better than sacrifice, and heeding orders than the fat of rams.

Shabbat defined – Shin Beit Tav – to cease, to end, to rest. The word Shabbat is lined to the seventh day after the six days of creation – Adonai ceased, ended and rested. He set Shabbat apart, called it Holy and Blessed it.

We are all aware of the 10 Commandments: They are words that Adonai spoke and wrote Himself on tablets. Commandments that He thought important enough to speak directly to Moses for His people.

Exodus 20 Then God said all these words:

? “You are to have no other gods before me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot.

? “You are not to use lightly the name of Adonai your God, because Adonai will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly.

? “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. You have six days to labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. 11 For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.          (bold emphasis added by writer)….

? 12 “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land which Adonai your God is giving you.

? 13 “Do not murder.

? (14) “Do not commit adultery.

? (15) “Do not steal.

? (16) “Do not give false evidence against your neighbor.

? 14 (17) “Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

These are commandments, not suggestions. Not killing another human being is as weighty to Adonai as not honoring Shabbat. He rested after He finished His work. He also Blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy. He did this so that it (His Work) could produce. (Ponder this in your heart.)

Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them. On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.

Many people through the centuries have placed worldly demands on Shabbat and tried to make Shabbat difficult to understand and religious.

Shabbat is simple and it is exactly what Adonai Himself ordained it to be, a blessed day that He calls Holy and set apart. A day of rest. A day to focus on Him and honor Him. It is so very simple.

It is a day to lay down all that you normally do as work and enjoy all that He has given to you. A day to relax and enjoy your life. On Friday Night when the sun goes down, light 2 candles and thank Adonai in Yeshua (Jesus) Name for all that you have and all that He has made you to be. Ask Him how to enter into Shabbat. Ask Him to draw close to you and tell Him with your whole heart that you want to obey Him in this way and that you need His help. Tell Him that you desire to learn about the blessing and holiness of His Shabbat. Worship Him and offer Him your whole heart and full attention.

Shabbat Shalom – Receive all that Shabbat is meant to be, All that Adonai created it to be and remember that Yeshua (Jesus) came that you would have life, and have it abundantly. Shabbat is part of that abundant life so enter in, Amen.

John 10:10 NASB 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and [a]have it abundantly.

Blessings and Shalom

Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman

 

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 9, 2022
by JoBeth Kested

But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 (NKJV)

We often begin a new year evaluating our accomplishments and/or the disappointments of the previous year. With good intentions we try setting new resolutions with plans to do better and be better in the days ahead; with the hope seeing goals accomplished and patting ourselves on the back at the end of this year. Maybe it would be better to focus our energy and efforts on the things that glorify God more than focusing primarily on ourselves. Let’s choose to embrace the promise of this scripture, to seek the Lord, to increase our understanding and knowledge of God; His Word and His ways. We can expect to experience and to then extend His lovingkindness, justice and goodness to those in the world around us. What a joyous anticipation to know the blessing of God’s delight in the pursuit of knowing and experiencing Him more in this new year. Amen!

 

Welcome Shevat- 5782

Welcome Shevat 5782- Taste and see that the Lord is Good

Below is an excerpt from Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested.

Step into Adonai’s Holy Calendar and partake of all that He has provided for you on your Quest to find Him and learn to love what He loves and Love as He Loves.

Shevat 5780

Shevat Blessings and Shalom in Yeshua (Jesus) Name

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 2, 2022
By JoBeth Kested

Even when you are old, I (God) will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you. Isaiah 46:4 (NCV)

As we face a new year and things unknown, do you ever have fear and worry about what the future may hold? The older we get the easier it is to focus on the uncertainties and possibilities for unexpected difficulties and disasters that may come. What encouraging promises that God proclaims in this scripture! Two times it is declared that He will take care of us; He will even carry us and be there to save us! Whatever circumstances we may face in these uncertain times, or even the fears of aging, our Father God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, caring for us always. As surely as He gave us life, He is more than able to provide, carry and save us no matter what we may face in the future ahead. We can confidently place all our cares, all our hopes and faith in our God. Thank You, Lord!