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For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

I LIKE TITUS 2:14, Amplified Bible
Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


Psalm 115:1 (NKJV)
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.


God really spoke to me from Zephaniah 3:2. It is essential that we remain teachable ("she obeys no-one and accepts no correction") and that we let Holy Spirit be our teacher ("she does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God").

God is pouring out fresh revelation into His church. We have to be people who are willing to have our current Bible understanding challenged. God will build upon, not replace, the revelation that He has already given us. But all revelation is spirit-breathed and requires intimacy with Him. If we become closed-minded to receiving new revelation then the consequences are made quite clear by Zephaniah. Conversely, the blessings to be had from a trusting and intimate relationship with God are equally clear.

Let's look forward to a generous abundance of God-breathed, fresh revelation over the next 12 months, even as we re-read familiar scriptures.

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Zephaniah 1-3:20

What if find interesting about the entire book of Zephaniah, and Zephaniah himself is this: His prophetic ministry of warning and encouragement to those who would become the remnant took place during the reign of Josiah, the king who initiated worship reform and cleansed the Temple (2 Kings 21-23).

KING JOSIAH sent and gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him all the men of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their ears all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which was found in the Lord's house. The king stood [on the platform] by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord--to walk after the Lord and to keep His commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes with all his heart and soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to join in the covenant. …Moreover, Josiah put away the mediums, the wizards, the teraphim (household gods), the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might establish the words of the law written in the book found by Hilkiah the priest in the house of the Lord. There was no king like him before or after [Josiah] who turned to the Lord with all his heart and all his soul and all his might, according to all the Law of Moses. (2 Kings 23:1-3, 24-24 AMP)

Although Josiah had a heart after and for God, the people he led didn’t. God has always asked us to give Him our hearts. Our behavior and worship can be legislated and taught as to become a habit; however, if what we do does not emanate from a heart of worship, then everything is just going through the motions. It is with our heats that we either praise God or curse God.

Right behavior may give us mans accolades a praises; right behavior may elevate us in the eyes of our fellow church members; however, God sees the heart, the true measure of men and women.

Grace and peace,

Mark - I'm not sure how I publish an RSS feed for comments? Any suggestions on how best to do this? I'm using typepad.com, and don't think I've seen that as an option w/ them. But maybe there is another way to do. Thanks, Mike

Hi Mike,

I don't use TypePad myself so I'm not much help I'm afraid. However, I did google this:



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