Promise for the month of May 2020

 

“On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp”

        Zephaniah 3:16.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

By the grace of God, we are entering into another month of this year. This is not our strength; this is only by God’s grace. Everywhere we see and in all media we just see news about Corona. But it is the grace of God that has saved us so far. In these circumstances, we were praying to God and when we waited for the Lord’s promise for the month of May, God gave us this promise verse: “On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp” – Zephaniah 3:16.

 

Dear beloved Children of God, do not Fear and Do not let your hands hang limp.

When I was reading the Old Testament passage in Zephaniah 3:14-20. The message grabbed me. Here, we see the coming of Messiah.In Bible, Zephaniah is the ninth of the minor prophets. The Book was written sometime between 641 and 612 B.C. [remembering that B.C. means Before Christ appeared in the flesh]. The portion of our reading was directed to the restoration of the Nation of Israel. That was the message for Israel and that is the message for us:

We all have relatives, friends, co-workers that are captive to sin. We all live in a society that idolizes violence, sex and a life of hedonism.  

This verse has been based on the 3rd chapter and 16th verse of each book of the Bible; but the base of this series is John 3:16. John 3:16 gives us hope because it explains to us how we can have everlasting life with God. Zephaniah shows us God’s promise of salvation not only to the Jews; but also, to the Gentiles. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Zephaniah understood God’s judgment was expected and pointed to the coming day of the Lord. He pictured the coming judgment on the nation of Judah and the Gentiles; but he then indicates that the Day of the Lord would also bring deliverance for Israel and the Gentiles.

That is what the Lord had Zephaniah proclaim and that is what God would have us proclaim. It isn’t about end times; it is about NOW times, where God loves you so much that He wants to put our terrible years of living in sin behind us and live forward for Him and His glory.

I already mentioned: That was the message for Israel and that is the message for us. Dear children of God, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

That message is:

There is hope in… 1. God’s forgiveness: Zephaniah tells us to be glad and rejoice because God has taken away our punishment. We all know that the punishment of sin is eternal death; but Zephaniah is prophesying that God is erasing that punishment. That punishment was put on Jesus Christ and through Him, that punishment has been erased.

There is hope in… 2. God’s strength: With God on your side, you have nothing to fear. There is no reason to fear the enemy (satan) when you belong to God. This is not just a mental strength; but a strength that encourages you to action. Through Christ, you can do all things.

May God protect you from all evil things.

Yours loving brother in Christ

Alfred Daniel