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)
Scripture reading for May 4th: 2nd Chronicles 35-36, Ezra 1-3
Key Scriptures: Ezra 3:10-11 “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David, king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; His love to Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”
Ezra and Zerubbabel organized the workers to rebuild the temple of the Lord at the decree of King Cyrus. They began the work in the second month of the second year of their arrival. The first stone laid was the cornerstone and then the rest of the foundation. When this was laid, the Levites and priests blew trumpets, crashed cymbals, and raised a great song of praise to God for His goodness and love!
Rejoice in our foundation: “For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious Cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” Not to you who believe, this stone is precious. . .” (1st Peter 2:6-7)
Greetings on this Sunday, July 4th! What a day to celebrate freedom in Jesus Christ! It is not only our nation’s birthday, but it is another celebration of the resurrection of the King of Kings! Now that’s something to get excited about! Jesus Christ is alive and our gathering together to Him could happen at any time. That’s when the real fireworks starts! A flash of lightening will light up the sky from east to west and the trumpet will sound and graves will be opened! We who are alive and remain, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air! We shall ever be with Him!
We celebrate our freedom today to worship in the church of our choice. Many countries do not have religious freedom but we are blessed by God to have no fear when we gather to praise our Lord. We are free to choose where and when and how we worship. This is a blessing to have choices and to be able to follow our hearts. We must be careful not to let our freedom become license to neglect the Lord and gathering with His people. Many have taken that route to their own destruction!
We celebrate God, Himself! Our awesome God is the King of Kings! He has forgiven us our sins and healed our diseases. He has redeemed our life from the pit and from destruction. He is a Father who has compassion on His children and is loving and merciful toward all He has made! He is our refuge in time of trouble and He protects us from all our enemies. He rules the universe in justice and truth, having all power and authority. He has promised us eternal life with Him and joy unspeakable as we dwell in His glory! What a celebration we can have today!
May the love of the Father and of Jesus Christ and the precious Holy Spirit bring you a brilliant revelation of His goodness that lights up your soul with heavenly fireworks on this special day!
In His Love, Pastor John