Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 29, 2019

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 from The Lord in this scripture. God declares two times that He will take care of us; that He will even carry us and be there to save us! Whatever we may face through changing circumstances, financial limitations, deteriorating health or the fear of old age, 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 and all our hopes in our God. Thank You, Lord!
By JoBeth Kested

Scripture for Christmas Day by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for Christmas Day December 25, 2019

“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, but he wasn’t there. When they followed the light of a star in the heavens they found the baby Jesus in a manger. They bowed down in worship and gave valuable treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Maybe some of us are looking for life, hope, peace, love or faith in all the wrong places? This Christmas season, may we each follow the light of God’s glory to find the true 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!”

JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 22, 2019

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT)

Haven’t we all been captivated by stories of courage and bravery when we hear about someone giving their life to save a child, a friend or even a stranger? God sent Jesus, His only son, as a innocent baby. He would grow up to suffer death on the cross that we may live. No matter how hard we try, we are never able to work hard enough, to be good enough or to love God enough to deserve the sacrifice Jesus was willing to make for us. He paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins with hope for all eternity. He also gives us the gift of His comfort, peace and love through the joys and sorrows in this life. What an extravagant demonstration of His great love for us! In this Christmas season of shopping, parties and family gatherings for sharing gifts, let us not forget the reason for the season and the greatest gift of God’s love for us in Jesus. Glory to God in the highest!
By JoBeth Kested

Light of The World Shine Shine Shine

As Hanukkah approaches and we prepare our hearts to celebrate the Light of the World, may we all take a moment to read these Scriptures below out loud to the LORD. 

Ephesians 5:13-14  (CJB) 13 But everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is, 14 since anything revealed is a light. This is why it says,

“Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you!”

John 8:12 (CJB)12 Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”

John 12:36  (CJB)36 While you have the light, put your trust in the light, so that you may become people of light.” Yeshua said these things, then went off and kept himself hidden from them.

John 12:46 (CJB)46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who trusts in me might not remain in the dark.

Psalm 18:29  (CJB) 29 (28) “For you, Adonai, light my lamp; Adonai, my God, lights up my darkness.

Psalm 27:1  (CJB) 27 (0) By David: (1) Adonai is my light and salvation; whom do I need to fear? Adonai is the stronghold of my life; of whom should I be afraid?

Psalm 43:3  (CJB) Send out your light and your truth; let them be my guide; let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the places where you live.

Psalm 112:4  (CJB) To the upright he shines like a light in the dark, merciful, compassionate and righteous.

Please say this out loud with me in the unity of faith in the Name above all names Yeshua Messiah (Jesus):

Adonai, it is our hearts desire to have any darkness exposed to Your Light. We invite and receive Your Light, Yeshua our Messiah (Jesus). We know that once we allow Your Light to shine, darkness cannot abide. There are things that are out of order in this world and we cry out to You today, shine brightly upon each of us.  Expose and burn up any hidden thing within each of us. May Your light shine through each of us so brightly that we actually see the lost come and ask”how might we be saved.” Give each of us the opportunity LORD MOST HIGH to lead the lost to Yeshua our Messiah (Jesus),The Light of the World. Call out to these who are ready for your harvest LORD, “Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you!” Amen and Amen
Hanukkah Blessings to each of you. Love Beyond Measure,
Beth Auman
Yeshua Messiah – Jesus IS LORD Amen

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 15, 2019

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord… Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NKJV)


Have you ever felt like you messed up so bad that you are beyond forgiveness and undeserving of God’s love? Do your prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling and God’s presence feels impossible to find? Sometimes it can feel like God is playing Hide and Seek with us and is nowhere to be found. But, these verses assure us that God really does hear our prayers when we cry out to Him and that He longs to reveal Himself to us. Though it may be hard for us to fathom in the midst of our messed up situations, the truth is, our loving Father God harbors no thoughts of evil against us. These words express His longing to reveal His plans of extravagant goodness to us with a future full of hope. Be encouraged in this promise today that you will find the Lord when you pray and seek Him with all your heart.
By JoBeth Kested

Invitation to Dream Dreams By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Kislev is the month of dreams. The month to “chalom,” which means to dream and be made healthy and strong.

“In the Last Days, I will pour out from my Spirit upon everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17 (CJB)

One of our clues during this month of Kislev is “To Dream.”

Are you ready to see visions and dream dreams? Are you ready to “chalom with Adonai and be made healthy and strong? Scriptures reveal to us that He speaks to us through dreams for understanding, and clarity in many life situations. He gives us keys of instruction and direction with authority through our dreams to extend His will on earth.

Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” Genesis 46:2 (NKJV)

But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?” II Samuel 7:4-5 (NKJV)

“But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:” Daniel 2:28 (NKJV)

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Matthew 2:12 (NKJV)

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10 NKJV

“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16:19  (CJB)

Are you troubled by lost hopes and abandoned, unfulfilled dreams? Adonai is beckoning to you today to dream a little dream with Him. If you have never done so before, now is a good time to acknowledge your need for a Savior and invite Yeshua – Jesus, into your life today. Just raise your hands, and ask Him to be the LORD of your life, turn away from your path of wrong choices and sins, receive His forgiveness and step into His dreams for you that are full of goodness and blessings. He has such a beautiful plan for your life. Receive His dreams for you today.

“For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says ADONAI, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future. When you call to me and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you seek me, you will find me, provided you seek for me wholeheartedly; and I will let you find me,’ says ADONAI.” Yirmeyahu (Jerermiah) 29:11-14a CJB

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An exert from the month of Kislev in  “The Quest of the Overcomers.”

“For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.” Job 33:14-16 (NKJV)

Kislev is known as the month of dreams. The word for dream in Hebrew is “chalom” and is derived from the verb meaning “to be made healthy or strong.” This is a month to watch our sleep patterns as the Lord often speaks to us in dreams. “He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” (Ps 127:2 NASB) He imparts revelations, warnings, encouragement and truth with understanding for our future. Each dream is a parable to be revealed. The Torah portions for the month of Kislev contain more dream references than any other month.

You may want to begin keeping a dream journal during this month of Kislev. Adonai seals instructions in our hearts through our dreams. Sleep is actually a metaphor for death and the new moons are symbolic times of resurrection. Human beings sleep appropriately one third of our lives. Let’s become more and more aware of our dreams and how our LORD wants to communicate with us while we sleep.

Blessings and Shalom with Love Beyond Measure, Beth and JoBeth.

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011.

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 8, 2019

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned… The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:1-5 (NKJV)

Have you ever struggled with the sorrow and sadness of this life or the overwhelming grief of a great tragedy with longing for comfort? Sometimes the agony of loss and the pain of injustice we experience in this world can be hard to bear as we search for our lost hope in the puddles of our tears. The prophet Isaiah twice declares to the people of God “comfort, comfort” (meaning a double portion) along with the end of warfare and mercy for their sinfulness. He exhorts them to prepare a way for the Lord; with the promise that the extreme highs and lows will be made right, the crooked and rough will be made straight and smooth, and that all would see the glory of the goodness of the Lord in their land. Oh, Lord, comfort, comfort the wounded hearts of your people once again. May Jesus, the Prince of Peace, be revealed for the healing of the nations and for the glory of the LORD to shine in all the earth. Amen.

 

By JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of December 1, 2019

 

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)

Have you ever wondered how to find God’s will? What if the three things listed in this verse were the keys to releasing and experiencing God’s will for you? In the many tests, trials and difficult situations we face each day, what if we would choose to rejoice in the Lords’s overcoming power instead of worrying? What if we would then choose to pray in faith instead of yielding to fear? And, what if we would choose to give thanks for the opportunity to see God demonstrate His abundant provision for us instead of grumbling and complaining? In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” By His grace, choose to rejoice, pray and give thanks in everything today to set your feet on the path of God’s will concerning you. Thank You, Lord.

By JoBeth Kested

Kislev 5780 Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

The evening of November 29 begins the Hebraic month of Kislev that lasts for 29 or 30 days depending upon whether or not an additional day is required to make a “full” year. Kislev is the ninth month on the Hebraic calendar and the third month of the civil year which began on the first of Tishri. It is important for us to remember that each new moon is a picture of resurrection with opportunities for new choices and new beginnings. One month ending and a new month begins on our “Quest of the Overcomer.

What is the fruit from the Tree of Life that the Lord is offering to us in this month of Kislev? (Revelation 22:2a)

Clue – Security, trust and rest!

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

The name of Kislev is a derivative from a Hebrew word actually meaning security and trust. Let us examine our hearts to see any areas of insecurity that may hinder our ability to fully trust in God’s faithfulness. This can be an important month in our Overcoming Journey to experience a new depth of security in the goodness of the LORD, to trust Him more deeply and to enter a new place of comforting rest in Him.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:2

 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalms 32:7

The tribe of Benjamin is associated with the month of Kislev and was the second son of Jacob born to his favorite wife, Rachel. And, he was the only son born in the land of promise. At his birth before she died, Rachel called him Ben-Oni, meaning, “son of my sorrow.” However Jacob changed his name to Benjamin which means “son of the right hand.” (Genesis 35:17-18) The words “right hand” appears 166 times in the Bible and has significant meaning representing divine authority, power, strength and for blessing. Let’s trust the LORD to turn any sorrows or disappointments of the past into foundations of strength for blessings in our lives this month.

 “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you” (Isaiah 41:13).

 God hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength (Isa. 62:8).

 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.” (Luke 22:69)

The Tribe of Benjamin were known as fierce warriors whose weapon of choice was the bow and they became known as mighty men of valor. And from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor. II Chronicles 14:8b

What is our assignment in spiritual warfare during this month of Kislev?

Clue – To hit the mark!

 It is also interesting to note that the constellation aligned with the month of Kislev is Sagittarius – the Archer with a bow and arrow. The Hebrew word “turah” is derived from a root word that was used in archery, ”yarah,” which means to shoot an arrow in order to hit a mark. Just as the Gospel is written in the stars, this is a month for us to “hit the mark” in our spiritual warfare assignments to overcome any cultural hinderances or areas of compromise that have come against us in this Overcoming Journey. The heavens truly declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork and Adonai reveals knowledge to us in the night.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. Psalms 18:32,34,49 (NIV)

 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. Psalms 19:1-2

As the nights grow longer and the days are shorter, what is our hope in the night?

Clue – To dream!

For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. Job 33:14-16

Kislev is known as the month of dreams. The word for dream in Hebrew is “chalom” and is derived from the verb meaning “to be made healthy or strong.” This is a month to watch our sleep patterns as the Lord often speaks to us in dreams. “He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” (Ps 127:2 NASB) He imparts revelations, warnings, encouragement and truth with understanding for our future. Each dream is a parable to be revealed. The Torah portions for the month of Kislev contain more dream references than any other month.

You may want to begin keeping a dream journal during this month of Kislev. Adonai seals instructions in our hearts through our dreams. Sleep is actually a metaphor for death and the new moons are symbolic times of resurrection. Human beings sleep appropriately one third of our lives. Let’s become more and more aware of our dreams and how our LORD wants to communicate with us while we sleep.

The Hebraic letter for the month of Kislev is “Shamekh” which is a picture of trust, support, and coming full circle. May we all find a new level of trust and support in Adonai this month that will bring us full circle; ending some things that need to cease so that we can step forward into all the new He has for us in Him.

What is the Feast of Dedication that is mentioned in John 10:22?

Clue – Hanukkah, The Feast of Lights.

The Feast of Dedication – Hanukkah, is a Festival of Lights which is portrayed by the Menorah that was displayed in the Holy of Holies.

You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work. Its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers shall be of one piece. Exodus 25:31

 And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel. Exodus 27:20-21

 Later in the month of Kislev is the Celebration of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication. At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. John 10:22-23 (NASB) This is the only place in the Bible that Hanukkah is mentioned.

The Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah with eight nights of lighting the Menorah candles. The historical, Apocryphal books of the Maccabees tells us of the Seleucid king that tried to eradicate Jewish religious traditions to force the worship of Greek gods. When the Jews took back control of the Temple during the Maccabean revolt, the one and only cruse of oil miraculously kept burning in the menorah lampstand for all of the required entire 8 days! Oil is a widely recognized symbol for Holy Spirit. The lights of the Menorah that were to never burn out are symbolic of the promised Messiah that would be filled with the Spirit of the Lord that would reign forever and ever.

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-2

 Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:4-5a

Kislev is a good month to ask Adonai to identify anything that may be hiding in the dark corners of our heart. As He reveals to us these things and brings them into His marvelous light, may we receive His healing and extend His healing to others. “Adonai, let Your light shine brightly within each of us, as we lay any dark and hidden things within us at Your feet.”

During this wonderful season we must all learn to see each person that we come in contact with in the light from Adonai’s perspective; not after the failures and inadequacies of our flesh. As we look upon one another we must not see dead splintery winter branches of barrenness. There are hidden threads of life beneath the surface of each of us that Adonai wants to reveal for His glory. God sees our ends from our beginnings. Through the redemptive sacrifice of Yeshua and the light of His Love, He is able to transform each of our lives from darkness to light. Each of us are as a seed of potential that can grow and be transformed into a fruit bearing tree. Let’s be the “Overcomer” that Adonai has created for us to be, and partake of the ripe fruit from the Tree of Life.

Kislev is a month to watch and pray for Israel. We need to realize that during Hanukkah, Christmas is looked upon as evil by most of the Jews. There are few places in the world that people can go during this time of the year that have not been decorated with glaring secular commercialism. It is even hard for believing Christians to see Jesus celebrated or exalted higher than Santa, endless festivities, lists of toys and numerous gifts to buy. However, we must make every effort to keep Jesus as the center of our family Christmas gatherings and celebrations. We are in a real spiritual war and the battle is just as real for us as it was for the Maccabean’s trying to restore Temple worship from those instigating to establish the counterfeit worship of false gods. Will the oil of Holy Spirit prevail within God’s people as His light in the world or will He be quenched from society because we pushed him out to celebrate shopping, feasting and traditions of man? The warfare is real and we each have our assigned battles in order for the Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

Some believe that Yeshua, Jesus is Messiah and some do not. Some will never be able see Him if we don’t see them through the eyes of Adonai with His mercy. By God’s enabling grace, we must all be as Jesus on this earth; by doing what He did. He loved. He gave. He healed. He was kind. He spoke life. He only did what He saw His Father doing. He only said what He heard His Father saying. And, most of all He was willing to see people from His Father’s perspective of LOVE.

So during this month of Kislev, let’s expect to deepen our sense of security and trust in the LORD and be ones that dream dreams. Ask Adonai to bring you dreams that reveal the truth that you need to see from His perspective. Draw back your bow, in the power of His might, aim true and hit the target every time for His Glory!

May The Holy Spirit of Wisdom, Revelation, Counsel, Might and Knowledge in the Fear of God be yours as you learn how to celebrate in the truth of His Heavenly Light. Holy Spirit, come and fill us with Your magnificent light; that we may we be light in this world in Jesus Name. Amen.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. Psalms 126:1-2 (NIV)

 Blessings and Shalom with Love Beyond Measure, Beth and JoBeth.

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Thanksgiving Blessings to You All

Remember to be truly Thankful, there has to be someone to whom you give that Thanks. May the Spirit of Truth reside in your heart today and may your Thanksgiving be a praise to the One True Creator who created everything, The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Adonai our Elohim in the Name of Yeshua our Messiah.

Seek the Lord first – Thank Him first and then recognize that everything else that you are thankful for was given to you by Him through His Goodness and Blessing toward you.

May your heart be overwhelmed with His Goodness and Grace.. I Bless each of you on this day set apart by the USA to show Him our Thanksgiving.

I am Thankful to the Lord for each of you and know that each of you is a testimony of His goodness toward me. We are connected by His purpose and I’m thankful for you all.

Blessings beyond measure and Shalom.. Love Beth Auman