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.
—Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
The Lord of the Old Covenant lived among His people. The Lord of the New Covenant came to dwell within the hearts of His people. Jesus, our mighty Savior, changed our relationship with God when He paid our debt on the Cross. The mighty Savior, who once calmed fears from the outside, now lives within our hearts calming our fears. As the Lord of the Old Covenant, He rejoiced over the performance of His people. Now, because of Jesus, we are His adopted children. Now He rejoices over us because of what His Son has done. He sees us through the eyes of Grace. Because of Jesus alone, we are righteous in His eyes.
Jesus lives in you—strengthening you for any battle. The enemy will try to tell you differently. He will lie and tell you that you are weak—that your promise is nothing. Hold to your promise. His Word is Truth. He has revealed it to you. Keep it safe in your heart, and allow it to transform your mind—allow it to change the way you think, feel, hear, and see. Be continually renewed by the Holy Spirit in the spirit of your mind.
When you step forward into the battle, you know that you are not alone. Anything you face is nothing when confronted with the power of God that lives within you. You walk by faith and not by sight. You believe the battle already won. Your fear is no more. You live in peace. Nothing that tries to defeat you succeeds. God rejoices over you with singing. He delights in your faith.
Step forward in His peace. He has already won the war.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher