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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 17, 2021

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 goals to do better and be better in the days ahead. Then, we usually envision the hope of patting ourselves on the back at the end of the year. What if it would be better to focus our energy and efforts on the things that glorify God more than things to glorify in ourselves? By increasing our understanding and knowledge of God, His Word, and His ways we can anticipate the joy of personally experiencing His lovingkindness, justice and goodness and then to extend it to others in the world around us. What a joyous revelation to know that God delights in our pursuit to know and experience Him more in this new year.

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 10, 2021

“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 step into another new year are you facing the deluging rivers of uncertainties, oppressing fires of anxiety and fears? How wonderful that the LORD proclaims at the beginning of these verses that we are not to be afraid. Our God has already paid an exorbitant ransom price to set us free and He calls each of us by name! The LORD declares that because we belong to Him we have nothing to fear; declaring that He will not allow any difficulty, oppression or consuming circumstance to destroy us. And, that He is with us no matter what we have to face in the days ahead. What an awesome truth that He is not only The Holy God of Israel, but has also chosen to be our Savior through the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus! Renew your trust in His loving care and protection to be your Savior today. Rejoice that you no longer walk alone!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 3, 2021

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 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 we may face through 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!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the Week of December 20, 2020

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 (NASB)

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt where you had to look for clues that help you seek and find a “treasure”? In this part of the Christmas story we are reminded of the wise men who came looking for a newborn King of the Jews, the promised Messiah, because they were following a star seen in the heavens. They first looked for Him in a palace belonging to the king of Israel, but were led by scriptures to the little town of Bethlehem. They brought Jesus valuable treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh and bowed down in worship. Maybe some of us are looking for life or promises of hope, peace, love or even faith in all the wrong places? This Christmas season, may we each follow the light of God’s glory and find anew the reality of Jesus our Savior, Emmanuel – God with us. Wise men still seek Him. Let us join with the angels who sang, “Glory to God in the highest!” Hosanna!

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 13, 2020

“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. Isaiah 43:10 NKJV

Have you ever considered that there is a big difference between “believing in God” verses “believing God”? Believing in God allows us to believe what we want to believe about God as we attempt to fit Him into the box of our own preferences and understanding. Believing God means we have chosen to acknowledge the absolute sovereignty of the Bible, believing God is Who He says He is and also believing that He will do what He says He will do. God declares in this verse that He has chosen us even before we choose Him! He invites us to “know” Him in an intimate personal relationship that opens the eyes of our understanding with the ability to BELIEVE that He Is The One and Only True GOD that always was, always is and always will be! Lord, I believe, help me where I still have unbelief. Let your light so shine that others also see and believe. Praise the Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 6, 2020

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. Psalm 91:14-15 (GW)

Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you know you are loved? In loving relationships there is nothing we wouldn’t do for each other, especially when we receive a call for help. We will take food or clean a friends house in sickness, travel long distances to be with a hurting loved one and for some we are even willing to lay down our life in the face of danger. In these verses God declares how He responds to our love for Him. The Lord says that He will rescue, protect, answer, be there, save and honor us! What an encouragement to know that the Almighty God desires our expressions of love for Him even in our weakness and imperfections. When we call out for God’s help in times of trouble He lovingly responds back to us and makes these promises to meet our specific needs just because He knows we love Him! Thank You, Lord!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of November 29, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1-4 (NIV)

What would you answer if asked what is your greatest need or desire? Most of us would acknowledge the deepest longingly of our hearts is to be loved. We all long for and cherish the loving relationships of family and friends. We are encouraged in these scriptures to give thanks to The Lord, God of gods, and Lord of lords because His love endures forever. In this Psalm, there are twenty-six declarations that His love endures forever after verses extolling the majesty of God’s creation, His awesome wonders, His mighty power and extravagant mercy. During this season of Thanksgiving we often remember and share the many things we have to be thankful for. It is also good to be reminded how blessed we are and to give thanks to The Lord because He is good, He does great wonders, and His steadfast love for us endures forever!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of November 8, 2020

But Moses said to the people, “Fear not! Stand firm! And see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show you today. For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see again. The Lord shall fight for you, while you hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14 (MEV)

Have you ever felt trapped between the battles behind you and impossibilities before you with no understanding what to do? The words of Moses in these scriptures remind us that our God Almighty is with us! We are commanded to relinquish our fears, to stand strong and cling to Him in renewed hope for He is fighting to save us. When we cast all our fears on the Lord, He stills our hearts and restores our peace to trust that He is more than able to move mountains, part the seas and destroy all things against us never to be seen again! Lift your eyes to see the salvation of God in your life today. Abide in the divine gift of freedom from all fear with the peace of God that passes all understanding knowing that He fights for you. Selah, ponder and rest in this truth. Amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 25, 2020

As 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 realization that the ways of our God are perfect and to know with assurance that His Word has proven to be perfect, too. He is the protector and defender of all who put their trust in Him. He alone is the Almighty God above all gods and majestic Lord above all lords. There is nothing in this world more sure, more solid 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!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 18, 2020

And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:30-31 (NLT)

In your childhood memories were you ever the unwanted and last one chosen when teams were picked to play some athletic game? Were you uninvited and left out of some big event or overlooked for a that promotion you worked so hard for? What a comfort to read in these verses that God has chosen you and is calling you. He also frees us from all wrongs, sorrows and sins to be able to stand close to Him in His righteousness. And, having given us His right standing, our God goes on to declare that He extends to us His glory; the joy of knowing His favor, goodness and presence with us in the blessings as well as all the hard times. Lord, Jesus, touch each of the wounded places and sorrows of our lives with the power of your unconditional love to know that we have been chosen and called to stand in your righteousness and glorious grace. Our God is for us! Amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested