God Rejoices Over Us!…
Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will bring you quietness with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
This is an amazing passage of scripture!
We often allow our enemy the devil to suggest to us that we are failures in our pursuit of growing into the likeness of Christ. He would attempt to persuade us into thinking that God would not want us, because we fall so short of His measure of perfection.
What this verse says is that His love is unconditional. Likewise He take great joy in us. Our imperfections are to Him, but a canvas on which He paints the people He wishes us to be.
He takes so much joy in us that He is delighted to the point of shouting out that delight!
Look again! It does not say, “When we do good”, “When we achieve”, or when we are the perfect representation of the Light He calls us to be. No, it says He will, He will, and He will!
There are no “when’s”. There are no “if’s”. There is no instance in this passage of the word “because”. It is emphatic; He loves us, He is engaged with delight over our perfect imperfections, He is so filled with joy that he shouts in exuberance.
THAT is our God! And THAT is what He thinks of us. So, next time the devil comes calling and attempts to resign you to a place where you are ineffective and defeated; remind him of what God says about the matter in Zephaniah 3:17.
God takes delight in us!
If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (HCSB)
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)
This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants — not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith.
He is the father of us all in God’s sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations.
He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be.
Romans 4:16-18 (HCSB)
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (HCSB)
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Romans 10:17 (HCSB)
“I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.“
John 14:12-14 (HCSB)
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.“
John 3:16-18 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
All I can say about this is ‘it never, ever gets old’ to me. Every time I read it again, it’s fresh and so encouraging.
God LOVES us!
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!
Romans 5:8-10 (HCSB)
For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (HCSB)
The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 (HCSB)
My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.,
But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:19-22 (HCSB)
After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.
Joel 2:28 (HCSB)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (HCSB)
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.”
John 14:15-18 (HCSB)
“This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master, is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. This is what I command you: Love one another.“
John 15:12-17 (HCSB)
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Don’t stifle the Spirit.
Don’t despise prophecies, but test all things.
Hold on to what is good.
Stay away from every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-22 (HCSB)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness.
2 Timothy 2:15-16 (HCSB)