Zephaniah 3:17

Sylvia Gunter has once again written a wonderful devotion:

Zephaniah 3:17

Listen to Zephaniah 3:17. “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.” Listen again from the Amplified Bible. “The Lord Your God is in the midst of you, a mighty One, a Savior who saves! He will rejoice over you with joy. In his love he will rest in silent satisfaction. He will exult over you with singing.”

Receive your Father’s smile today. All the affectionate imagery you can muster is only a dim picture of how he feels about you. You have not yet heard or seen or known the majesty of all his great love. You have longed and ached for a father’s embrace, and you have a Father whose heart longs for you. Be blessed as you receive his embrace. Look into his eyes to see him and yourself reflected there. He loves you in the way you were created to be loved. He loves you with his love as strong as death. He has come to overwhelm you with his love. He will pour out over your life everything you need. He has saved the best till now.

One thing is necessary: live at his feet and rest in his presence. Let his peace permeate your mind. Let his love calm your heart. As your Abba delights in his Beloved Son in whom he is well pleased, he delights in you in the same way, because he is in you and you are in him. The prayer of Jesus was “Father, let them know deeply that as you love me, so you love them, they in me and I in you” (John 17:21,26 paraphrased). He loves you beyond anything you deserve or can earn.

Let his love be the foundation of your life, and you will be filled again and again in all the promises he has spoken to you. He wants you to know that you are beloved in the Beloved Son and complete in the finished work of the cross, where he dealt with all sin, wounds, words, and other hurtful things that separate you from his love. God delights in you. There’s power in that little phrase. “I am the one God likes.” We need to live in this truth: “God LIKES me” today, every day, every moment. That doesn’t mean we do everything right, but when we do something wrong, we come to a throne of grace and find mercy to help us in our need. Be blessed as you receive mercy and grace there, that empowering presence of the Spirit to believe the truth and live in it. Allow God to remove all that causes offense.

Coach your soul to let go of the past, the pain, the problems. Turn your back on them as you face your Father. Be blessed with joy and a different peace and a greater rest than you have ever known. Be blessed with refreshing and renewal in his presence, as you pursue all that he has created you for.

Spirit, be blessed in your Father’s house where there’s a party in your honor, to celebrate you, just as in Luke 15. He is an extravagant Father. Be blessed as he rejoices over you with great gladness. Be blessed in the wonderful sound of the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song.

Be blessed in the name of your Savior
who rejoices over you (Zeph. 3:17).

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Seeing the Unseen

Sometimes you read something and the only thing you can say is “Oh, wow!”  That is what I did this morning when I read Sylvia Gunter’s newsletter.  The following is what she had to say:

Listen to this majestic picture of God in Job 26:14. “These are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” And 1 Peter 1:8. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”

I bless your softness in the hands of your Father when you don’t understand what he’s doing. I bless your surrendered heart to look for him when he’s not doing what you wanted or expected. Every season has its beauty and is preparation for the next season. In this time of the hiding of his power, take faithful steps of faith and obedience, faith and obedience. Beyond obedience, even when you don’t see him, be blessed to love him with joy. Although you don’t see him now, be blessed to believe in him and be filled with glorious inexpressible joy… his joy.

Be blessed with eyes to see the fingerprints of his ways in your ordinary days, knowing that he says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).

When you know you don’t understand and when you think you do, the earth keeps shouting to you that he is completely faithful. He is as faithful as the rain and snow that water the earth and make it bud and flourish and yield seed for the sower and bread for the eater. That’s the law of the harvest. He promises that his word to you is like that. “It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:10-11).

As you see seedtime and harvest in the natural realm yield its return every year, come into his courts with praise that you will reap a spiritual harvest as you sow in faith and joy. Worship leads you to rest and trust in his faithfulness, his sovereignty, and his love. Be blessed to see that God is there, increasing your knowledge and experience of himself. Know this: with each place he takes you in those sometimes not-your-first-choice circumstances, he draws you deeper into himself.

Even when you see only the edges of his ways, hear only his small whispers, and cannot understand him, he is the best. Even when he seems to have withdrawn from you, he promises that “you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isa. 55:12). Remember that in the spring time when the trees are in blossom and in the autumn time when the leaves are turning brilliant colors. You can celebrate him in the growth points of your journey, even in his faintest whispers. Remember Elijah. God was not in the violent wind, or the fire, or the earthquake, but in the gentle blowing of the still small voice. Be blessed to line up with his still small voice practically and in prayer. Be blessed with an “upgrade” of your image of God, because what you think about him, who he is to you, is the single most important element in trusting him and bearing fruit in every good work (Col. 1:9-13).

Be blessed in the name of the King of the kingdom
he promised to those who love him (Jam. 2:5).

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Alternative Fright Night Event for Christian Youth Groups and Churches! – DANGEROUS CALLING

October.. a month synonymous with spooky, scary, and things that go bump in the night.

The lure of unhealthy things for youth to do during this month is staggering. But what if there was an alternative?

An alternative that wasn’t only something that the youth would be interested in, but also something that would be a blessing to them?

Look no further!

Dangerous_Calling_Movie_PosterCloud Ten Pictures is excited to offer Christian youth groups a brand new, fantastic feature film, DANGEROUS CALLING, that will be sure to draw the youth and create a great Halloween / Harvest “Fright Night” party for them.


For a full review, behind the scenes interview, trailers and photo gallery of DANGEROUS CALLING, go to this LINK.

We are inviting Christian youth pastors around the world to participate. Cloud Ten is already shipping the DVD package to participating churches and youth organizations anxious to give their young people something constructive and fun to do this Halloween / Harvest season.

A tense moment during the film DANGEROUS CALLING

Ground breaking, trail-blazing, and innovative Christian film studio Cloud Ten Pictures is taking the task of film-based evangelism to another level.

A drowning victim during another intense moment in DANGEROUS CALLING

Cloud Ten’s owner, Paul Lalonde spent many years as a youth outreach worker and is very excited about this opportunity. Here are some thoughts from Paul Lalonde, owner of Cloud Ten Pictures:

Any youth pastor can tell you, this is not always an easy group to reach in terms of entertainment. In fact, you don’t have to be a youth pastor or a teacher to appreciate that challenge – just ask any parent! … While fright night is not really an evangelical outreach per se, it is carefully designed as a very simple two-step process.

First and foremost we have to grab their attention, and that means putting something on the screen that they actually want to watch. Secondly, we want to make sure we present them with something worth talking about. Some powerful fodder for meaningful dialog afterwards. That’s really the key – talking.

Ever get that “sinking feeling?”

This is not a canned sermon – it’s food for thought packaged in an exciting edge of your pew thriller.”

With a nod to films like PSYCHO and MISERY, DANGEROUS CALLING is not your typical “church movie.” A new pastor in a small-town church stands up to a few controlling church members who oppose his new ideas for reaching the youth of the community, and he and his wife face dire consequences.

Pretty scary when the Pastor’s wife needs to hide in the church

So it’s a movie with a message about Church politics gone wrong, about the way Christian young people can often feel misunderstood within the Church, and for me this is a big one, about the importance of not taking ourselves too seriously.

For more information on how you can obtain the “Fright Night” showing of DANGEROUS CALLING in your church or youth group, contact: Cloud Ten Pictures Office Manager Jason Pearson at 1-888-684-5561 or email him directly at jason.p@cloudtenpictures.com

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