Usually after dropping my son off at the bus stop, I return home and go back to bed. However this morning, God had other plans. I love it when He keeps my mind awake because that means He wants to talk with me. When you have an intimate relationship with God, hearing his voice is like candy to your ears. It’s such a gorgeous morning, so I walked around the property just praying and singing. It is comforting to be in His presence…my joy just overflows. While in prayer I asked for a scripture that will not only inspire me, but will also inspire YOU, and I have to say that God did not disappoint. In fact, I didn’t even know that this book was in the Bible. I’m not even sure that I’ve heard any Pastors preach from this book. It’s called Zephaniah. Have you heard of it?
Today, I’m reading from Zephaniah 3:14-20. Either read along with me or open your Bible and read from your translation. I’m sharing from the Living Bible translation.
14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
18 “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
you will be disgraced no more.
19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
20 On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Wow, Divas, did you read that? You see, in every walk of life there are disappointments, struggles, things taken unjustly, BUT God said that He will restore those things. He will help the weak and bring glory to those who have been mocked. He will remove judgment and deal severely with those who have oppressed you. He will restore your fortunes. You will be made whole again. If you’re not jumping up and down, you need to check your pulse girlfriend!!
Maybe you’ve gone through a traumatic divorce, like I did. Maybe you’re weary and disappointed about how your life has turned out. Maybe you’re needing restoration with a family member or your marriage. Maybe your struggling financially. Maybe you’ve lost your home due to foreclosure. Maybe you’ve lost your job due to layoffs. Maybe your children have turned away from God and you have been praying that they will seek Him again. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, God has promised to return it back to you. He says, “be glad and rejoice with all your heart”.
With ALL your heart, be glad and rejoice. With every ounce of you, rejoice…be glad. Your breakthrough is here! Your restoration is here! Your fortune is here! Woohoo, that’s great news!
Father God, thank you for your word. Thank you for your promises of restoration. Thank you for loving us so much that you desire to protect us. That you will remove judgment from us and severely deal with those who have oppressed us. Thank you for rejoicing over us with joyful songs. Father, I lift up every need to you that my Diva Sisters have. Father, restore the things that have been taken from them. Show them that they do not need to be afraid and that they can rest comfortably in your arms. Lord, show yourself to them in mighty ways so that you will be praised. Supernaturally make things happen in their lives that only you can do, so that everyone will know just how powerful and awesome you are. Father we come to you with gladness and rejoicing in our heart. We give ourselves to you. Use us, Lord, to your glory. For we ask these things, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
If you prayed that prayer, I encourage you to seek out goodness today. Look for signs and wonders of how powerful and mighty our God is. Live today with thanksgiving and praise. God is good…ALL the time!
Until next time, Divas…Be Blessed!
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