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Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 15, 2018


“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

Have you ever felt exhausted from carrying the heavy weight of discouragements, problems and fears with a longing to rest your weary soul? Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is all on our shoulders and there just doesn’t seem to be any relief or help to be found. In this scripture Jesus invites us to accept His yoke that initially may look too restrictive and too hard to do. To be yoked with Jesus requires accepting our insufficiencies and acknowledging our need for a Savior. As we learn His ways and experience His loving mercy with gentleness kindness we discover that His yoke is easy and the burdens are far lighter. We’ll find the comfort and rest we long for as we allow Him to pull our heavy loads, to carry the weight and make our paths straight. Cast your cares on Jesus today (1 Peter 5:7) and God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 8, 2018

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 secret service agents that are intensively guarding, protecting and defending you; 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!

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 1, 2018

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, extending mercy, offering 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!

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture of the week for June 24, 2018

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)

Have you ever heard someone say, “I love you to the moon and back” as an expression of their love? God declares the magnitude of His love for us if as there is no end to the height of the heavens above the earth! But, what does it mean to fear the Lord? It simply means great reverence and awe for the Almighty-Omnipotent-Creator-Ruler God of the universe and to acknowledge that He is also the Lord over us individually, as well. When we receive the gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus, our Father God extends His lovingkindness that removes the consequences of our failure to meet His standards of holiness and perfection as far from us as the east is from the west! How wonderful it is to understand that east and west can never ever meet! May we choose the fear of the Lord and experience God’s extravagant love for us that is over the rainbow, beyond the moon and to the height of the heavens!

 

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of June 17, 2018

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! Psalm 118:14-15 (NLT)

Are you one of those people that can’t carry a tune and prefer to sing in the shower where no one else can hear? Sometimes we just need to make a joyful noise to the Lord anyway because He is worthy to be praised! This Psalm was most likely written by King David, who was known as a mighty warrior of Israel accomplishing many great exploits in the name of the the Lord. He humbly declares in these verses that it is the Lord’s strength that has given him the victory and therefore the reason to worship and sing His praise. He proclaims that the godly can also sing songs of joy and victory when they gather together to celebrate because the strength of the Lord has accomplished glorious things. May you also sing the songs of rejoicing and triumph because of the mighty things the Lord has done and continues to do in your life as you daily trust in Him. Amen!

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of June 10, 2018

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.” Malachi 4:2

Have you ever pondered the meaning of the fear of The Lord? Also, how does that relate to the innocent delight of calves frolicking in the fields of springtime? I propose that the fear of the Lord is in choosing to really BELIEVE that God is Who He says He is, and that He does what He says He will do as He has revealed Himself in His Word! Relinquishing our right to question and to understand everything just seems to silence a lot of the besetting “what ifs”, doubts and fears that can cause us to stumble along our walk of faith. There is a dawning revelation and a deeper rest of faith in accepting the sovereignty of God and His ways that deeply heals our souls in the peace of knowing Him and experiencing His extravagant love. So, in the appropriate fear of the Lord, let healing wings of faith rise in our hearts that sets us free to leap and skip in the joy of the Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

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Scripture for the week of June 3, 2018

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

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of May 27, 2018

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 27:8 (NLT)

What can we do when we run out of strength in the battles we face and there seems to be no where to turn for help? It is wonderful to be reminded that the almighty endless strength of God is available when our strength is not enough. It is a great encouragement to know that He is our shield of protection and provider when we feel empty and vulnerable. There is an amazing and euphoric joy of heart in knowing the very real and personal help of our loving Father God and experiencing His strength extended to us in our weakness! (2 Cor. 12:9) The more we learn to trust the Lord with all of our heart in the everyday little things, the more we will be confident in His help in the big problems and overwhelming issues we face. Why not lay aside your doubts and fears and trust Him with all your heart today? You just might find yourself singing a new song of joy!
By JoBeth Kested

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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

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

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