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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 20, 2018

He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:17-19 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like you are facing enemies or fearful situations too difficult to overcome? Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of overpowering circumstances, feeling like there is nowhere to turn and no one to help. These scriptures remind us that even when we are confronted with fearful and overpowering impossibilities, underneath our shaking knees we have the unshakable strength and support of the all powerful, Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords. Because our Heavenly Father delights in you and me, He rescues us from any of life’s traps or snares and bring us out into the freedom of open spaces with new opportunities. Whatever we face today or tomorrow we must not forget to rejoice in the truth that the Lord delights in us and will always be our strength, our deliverer, and Savior. All glory, honor and praise to our God! Yes, amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of May 13, 2018

 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20 (NKJV)

Do you have difficulty believing that God really cares about any of the pressing needs you are currently facing? First of all, this verse profoundly declares that our God supplies ALL our need! But, if we are to understand that the doorway of His provision is in the glory of Jesus we may need to ask what is the glory? Biblically this often refers to the manifestation or the reality of God’s presence with us. Remember, one of the names of Jesus is Emanuel which means God with us. Therefore, there is a wealth of God’s provision for us as we grasp that Jesus is with us; our Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Friend of Sinners and our Savior. He is real, present and available to us in every circumstance today and everyday to meet ALL our needs. With renewed faith in His love for us, let us give worship, praise and glory to our Father God forever and ever. Yes, Amen!
By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of May 6, 2018

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11 (KJV)

Have you ever pondered what you really need to find the happiness you hope for? Have you been tempted to focus on your desires for pleasure and happiness even if it means hurting others? The dominant voices of this world tell us that the only path to fulfillment, personal pleasure and happiness is to pursue “whatever makes you happy”, “take care of number one first”, or “you can’t make anyone else happy if you aren’t happy”. This scripture challenges us to ask God to show us His path for our life with the hope for a joy that is greater than the world’s measure of happiness. For in His presence, at His right hand, we are positioned close to His power, authority and protection with the promise that we will find the fulness of joy and experience pleasures without end that we all long for. Say, “Yes” to finding the Lord’s path of joy and blessing that He has for you!
By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of April 29, 2018

A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (HCSB)

Have you ever enjoyed the crazy fun of a scavenger hunt where you are dependent upon finding the right clues that will guide you in the way you need to go? Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves feeling helpless and clueless, like stumbling in the dark, with a fear of falling and no map or plan to follow. How encouraging it is to learn in these scriptures that we can trust that the Lord takes pleasure in establishing our steps and showing us the way to go. He promises that even if we stumble along the way, He is holding our hand to protect us from falling or from anything that is overwhelming for us. Lord, establish our steps, please hold our hand and protect us as we follow you out of the dark and confusing times of our lives. Thank You, Lord.
By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of April 22, 2018

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

Have you ever felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole? Do you have the repetitive lies of the world going round and round in your head— “Not qualified, not smart, not pretty, too fat or too old”? Maybe it is time to heed the advice of this scripture to stop trying to conform to the self demeaning and eliminating standards of this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind believing you are who God says you are; “accepted in the beloved”, (Eph. 1:6) “fearfully and wonderfully made”, (Ps. 139:14) “child of God, (John 1:12) and that your gifts make room for you (Pr. 18:16). The more we focus on who God says we are the more we will clearly discern His good, pleasing and perfect will for us. Oh Lord, renew our minds with the truths in Your Word; that we might find our perfect place of pleasing You in Your good plans for us. Amen.
By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of April 15, 2018

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Do you find it difficult to trust others because of past betrayal, rejection or abandonment? You may remember a time as a child when your Dad encouraged you to leap and to trust that he would catch you; or being blindfolded to trust someone else to lead you in the hope that they would not let you stumble or fall. When others have failed us and we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel we don’t have to struggle and strive to figure it all out when we don’t know what to do. When there is no light of understanding before us we are exhorted to put ALL our trust in the Lord; in His loving, compassionate, goodness and grace. Our Father God is always there to heal our hearts, to catch us and to guide us when our hopes have crumbled and we can’t see the way ahead. We can trust the Lord to direct our paths for His love never fails. Amen!

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of April 8, 2018

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

Is your hope running low with the heaviness of discouragement and the frustration of too many disappointments? Especially when someone we trusted fails our trust we may feel trapped in the quicksand of hopelessness, fear and grief. What an encouragement to be reminded in this verse that we have a God Who is hope! No matter what pit of sorrow and pain we may find ourselves in, He reaches out to offer us His peace that passes understanding, with indescribable joy, to renew our hope in an abundance that is more-than-enough! We can trust in our Father God for a renewing hope with faith in the power of the Holy Spirit that moves mountains in our defense and opens miraculous doors of provision on our behalf. Come Holy Spirit with the uplifting hope, joy and peace that we need today. Amen!

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of April 1, 2018

Jesus… asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-17 (NIV)

Throughout the last 2000 years the question is still being asked, “Who is Jesus?”. Many are still saying that he was a good man or spiritual teacher, while others say he was a prophet. In these verses Jesus goes on to commend Simon Peter for declaring the truth that He is the Messiah. Jesus acknowledges here in this scripture and many other verses that He is the Son of God and also declares in John 14:6 that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life; that no one comes to the Father accept through Him. We don’t get the option to believe that Jesus is just a good man, a teacher, or one of many prophets. We must face the fact that He is either a liar, a lunatic or the Lord as He says He is. Jesus is still asking each of us the question, “Who do you say that I am?” This Easter morning, do you know Him as the promised Messiah and the risen Lord resurrected from the grave? To all who believe, He is still showing The Way, The Truth, and The Life. He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

 

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of March 25, 2018

For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:3-6 (NASB)

Have you ever had your breath taken away by the beauty of an ocean sunset, stood in awe of snow capped mountains or thrilled by the delicate display of wild flowers in a meadow? Elohim, the Creator God, the most masterful of all artists, reveals Himself to us in the minuscule and extravagant details of His creation. God displays His majesty in the loftiness of mountain peaks and the splendor of ocean depths. We are humbled by His sovereignty expressed in the brilliant display of lightening and the blustering winds of powerful storms. His mercies that are new every morning are revealed in every glorious sunrise. The Lord tenderly captivates our hearts in the loveliness of butterfly wings, the fragrance of roses and the awe of a sleeping baby. Then, wonder of all wonders, He created us in His image and we are invited to call Him Father because loves us! Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of March 18, 2018

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? Isn’t it wonderful if you’ve ever had a day where you feel so blessed like you are God’s favorite! Not so much when it feels like He has lost your address and forgotten your name. This Psalm was written by King David, the youngest of twelve sons. 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 in a remote mountainside, playing his harp, he chooses to worship the Lord to comfort his lonely soul. In our desolate places, maybe like David, we need to command our souls (mind, will and emotions) to rise up out of the pity place and to remember all of God’s blessings, mercy, underserved Grace and enduring love. Oh yes, bless the Lord oh my soul!
By JoBeth Kested