Zephaniah, Chapter 3, Verse 15-16
15 The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. 16 On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, Zion, do not be discouraged!
Zephaniah like many prophets close offering the Israelites a plan for repentance and invites the people to walk in it. He navigates the path back to God, outlining it this way.
1. Wait for God to remove the cancerous population. (vv. 8-11)
2. Trust God to restore a remnant of humble, obedient men and women. (vv. 12-13)
3. Look to God and rejoice that he has taken away your guilt. (vv. 14-15)
4. Hope in God to renew your peace and strength (vv. 16-17)
5. Allow God to recover the appointed feasts and the lost people (vv. 18-20)
Today would be a good day to reflect on what we want to harvest this fall; so like farmers we must till the soil of our soul reflecting this day on our use of our TREASURE (yes money/tithe) and look at in what ways we may offer our money to Christ to help build a harvest for His Kingdom. It has been said that money is the root of all evil. Yet, this is not exactly true for the real root of all evil is not money but the LOVE of money.
Those who fear the Lord know that money is a gift from God. It is not to be buried but sown. This is the correction that God wishes us to accept. We are all sowers and we are to spread the seeds or gifts that God gives us out. Does God need a tithe from us? Or Does God need our hearts free from the love of money? Do not make my house a marketplace. For love of money or the lust for money is what corrupts men not the money itself.
First Freedom Ride began on this date, 1961.
 John Maxwell, The John Maxwell Leadership Bible.