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Thursday, January 20, 2011

He will quiet you

Daily Devotional

January 20, 2011

"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you in His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17
This verse reveals the effect that God's unconditional love has on us. The effect of His love is to quiet us. So in any kind of condition—whatever our condition may be—we just need to be in His presence with His love, and He will calm our every fear.

Come into His presence with all the noise of your mind, your condemned feelings, your failures—with the noise of it all—just come, and He will quiet you in His love. This means we can simply enjoy being in His presence and opening ourselves to Him, knowing that His precious blood has been shed for us and is cleansing us from all sin. Because we know that we can never go beyond the reach of the love of God, we will always be secure in that love; and our whole relationship with the Lord will be characterized by His love. Regardless of what kind of condition we find ourselves in, our relationship will be characterized by security in His love.

This consciousness of the love of God will begin to pervade our heart more and more so that our relationship with the Lord is not characterized by fear. With fear, there is torment, there is agony. But "perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). Then our whole relationship with Him is characterized by love, security, and the confidence that our one need is simply to make contact with Him by calling upon His name (Zeph. 3:9), and to enjoy that love that has been poured out in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). We will not take any fearful thoughts from the enemy or any kind of negative, self-condemning thoughts. We will be quieted and secure in His love.
- Bill Freeman, The Supplied Lif

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