Tag: great delight

Rejoice! Shout! Sing!

Scripture reading for October 5th:  Habakkuk 2-3, Zephaniah 1-3

Key Scriptures:  Zephaniah 3:14-15, 17  “Sing, O Daughter of Zion shout aloud, O Israel!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,  O Daughter of Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;  never again will you fear any harm. . . .The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  

Zephaniah saw a day coming when God would rescue His people and end their time of punishment.  He would defeat their enemy and be revealed as their great King!  Fear would be removed forever and God’s Presence would comfort and enfold His people as He took great delight in them and rejoiced over them!  What a beautiful picture of prophetic encouragement!  Believers await that day when the Great King is revealed and He surrounds them with His great love and joy!

Rejoicing in eternal joy:  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be nor more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  (Revelation 21:3-4)


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Walking in Truth!

Scripture reading for December 20th: 2nd John

What a journey through God’s word we have enjoyed!  Only three more letters and we will finish this year’s trip and prepare for another!  Our goal has been to find Jesus speaking to us in each book and letter of God’s word.  I am amazed at how each time I sit down to read and write, the Holy Spirit opens up some aspect of the passage for me.   Here are a few Scriptures that speak to me from this short letter.  May they minister to your heart today.

“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” 2nd John 3  John’s emphasis begins with God’s amazing grace, mercy and peace.  These are with us because of God’s love and truth!  Revelation of God’s goodness comes through His Word!

“It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning.  I ask that we love one another.  And this is love:  that we walk in obedience to His commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. “ 2nd John 4-6

‘Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.  Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2nd John 7)   As in John’s day, our world is full of deception.  We must walk in love and truth!

“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink.  Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2nd John 12)   Personal interaction is God’s desire with each of His children!

Jesus desired His people walk in love.  Love is from God and God is love!  He commands His people to walk in love towards each other.  It is not just a suggestion.  We are also to walk in truth as well.  This also is a direct command of the Father.  When we walk in truth and love, we bring joy to our parents and spiritual leaders.  May you bless those around you with God’s amazing love!

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