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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 20, 2020

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Do you ever get caught in the every day worries of home repairs, increasing grocery costs, unfulfilled expectations or other emergency demands? We are exhorted in these verses to not worry about any of these things and are reminded that our Daddy God knows and cares about all our needs. Verse 26 in the same chapter states: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” How easy it is to struggle and strive trying figure it all out or to fix everything ourselves and forgetting how precious we are to our miraculous and loving God. So, be encouraged to turn your focus from your worries to seek first the blessings of God’s righteousness and goodness upon your life with the assurance that He is more than able to “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). Thank You, Lord!

 

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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 13, 2020

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 the sun rise 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 difficult 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 dawning light of His truth, comfort and peace upon us in His glorious presence with sufficient grace for each day. Thank You, Lord!

 

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Scripture for the week of September 6, 2020

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.

 

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Scripture for the week of August 30, 2020

Give praise to the Lord; He has heard my cry for help. The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs. Psalm 28:6-7 (GNT)

Have you ever felt like you are between a rock and a hard place with no hope for help? Sometimes when overwhelmed by life’s demands, pressures and pain it is hard to believe that God cares when we feel so helpless and alone. With our feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, it is easy for us to think that God is just too busy with all the problems of the world to hear our cry. This song of the Psalmist is a great reminder that the Lord does hear our cries and is there to protect, defend and help us. When we cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), our loving Father God restores our hope, makes our hearts glad and puts a song of praise in our mouth. So give praise to the Lord and sing to Him a joyful song!

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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 23, 2020

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84:11-12 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like there is a paralyzing dark cloud of heaviness hanging over you? This scripture declares that God is our sunshine that dispels the darkness and our shield for protection when we feel helpless. He also gives us His sufficient grace (2 Cor. 12:9) with unmerited favor and His glory to honor us when we choose to walk uprightly, clinging close to Him. But, what does it mean to walk uprightly? It means we have learned to not trust in our own strength, money, power or positions; but, that we bring our sorrows, fears, insecurities and failures to Him as we daily walk the unseen path before us. Our God is the Commander of the Angel Armies of Heaven and He is the Lord God Almighty that is all powerful to protect and bestow great blessings upon us as we choose to put all our trust in Him each and every day. Selah, ponder and fix your mind on that!

 

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Scripture for the week of August 16, 2020

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. Isaiah 46:9 (NIV)

Have you heard the saying,”You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you came from”? When we remember the stories of those before us that overcame great trials, handicaps, poverty, and wars we are encouraged that we can also overcome the trials before us. Likewise, God instructs us in this scripture to remember the former things. In the midst of our current needs and busyness, have we forgotten the answered prayers and miracles we’ve experienced or learned in the past that will inspire our faith to trust God today? Twice God declares that He alone is God and there is none like Him! Let us remember there is no other God whose very nature is love, extends mercy, offers peace, forgives sin, heals diseases, saves the lost, wipes away all our tears and knows the number of hairs on our heads! Yet, He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and commands the angelic armies of heaven. There is no other God like our God

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Scripture for the week of August 9, 2020

I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (HCSB)

Have you ever been awed and captivated by the majestic beauty of the mountains? Some of us welcome the challenges of hiking and climbing mountains for the thrill of enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty, the fresh smell of pine trees, and the enrapturing views from lofty peaks. But, sometimes we may face the treacherous slopes of life’s daunting dilemmas and mountains of difficulties that can seem impossible to climb. We need to be reminded that no matter how insurmountable our problems may be, the Lord is with us, He hears our cries and is able to lift us up higher than we ever thought we could climb on our own. Trust the Lord today to see your mountain of impossibilities as a mountain of opportunity to be overcome in the power of His might. Look up and hold out your hand to The Lord God Almighty, Who is already reaching out to you.

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Scripture for the week of August 2, 2020

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Psalms 103:1-2 NKJV

When you were kids did you and your siblings ever bicker over which one was the favorite child? This Psalm was written by King David, the youngest of twelve sons and he was definitely not among the favored. Many believe he may have been illegitimate because he was not presented when the Prophet Samuel came to his fathers house to anoint a king. David had the job of being a sheep herder in the family business that kept him isolated and far away out of sight. We can imagine him on a remote mountainside, playing his harp, worshiping the Lord to comfort his lonely soul and finding the peace and joy of the Lord that satisfied his every longing. (Ps. 107:9) When we find ourselves in those desolate unfavored places, maybe like David, we need to command our souls (mind, will and emotions) to rise up out of the pity place to worship the Lord and to remember all of God’s blessings, mercy, underserved grace and enduring love. Oh yes, bless the Lord oh my soul!

 

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Scripture for the week of July 26, 2020

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalms 121:5-8 (NIV)

Have you ever prayed and prayed, yet still wondered where the Lord is when you are facing difficult trials, feeling vulnerable, unprotected and all alone? Three times in these verses it is declared that the Lord is watching over you! This type of watching is like the secret service agents; meaning He is guarding, protecting and defending which is so much more than just keeping an eye on you. These scriptures tell us the Lord stands guard over every detail of your life, protecting you from ALL harm and able to defend you in ALL your coming and going. May we find peace in the assurance of the covering shade of the Lord’s presence over us in the oppressive heat of our days and the warmth of His love in the cold darkness of our nights. Thank You, Lord for Your persevering presence with us now and forevermore! Amen!

 

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Scripture for the week of July 19, 2020

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)

Are you in need of abundant grace and peace? Grace is undeserved favor and divine assistance. Peace is tranquility, harmony and freedom from disturbance or affliction. The Biblical definition of knowledge is based on understanding from experience. This verse exhorts us that the more we increase in knowing our Father God, and our Savior Jesus, the more His grace and peace will increase in our lives. Like the Hebrews in the wilderness that had to gather fresh manna each day, Jesus is the Bread of Life that God has provided for us to that we need to seek new each day. Whatever we may have experienced of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and provision in the past, be encouraged to KNOW that as we seek to know Him more each day we’ll never exhaust the supply His sufficient favor, divine assistance, and peace that passes understanding. May His grace and peace be multiplied to you today.
By JoBeth Kested