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The Scripture that Changed my Life

I said the prayer of salvation back in 1992, but my life did not change for 9 years.

I simply thought of the prayer of Salvation as a means to an end.

I thought, “Hallelujah, I’m not going to hell” and continued my same way of living!


I did not know that accepting Jesus as your personal Savior is designed to kickstart a daily, intimate relationship with your Creator.

But in 2001, I went to a Christian women’s conference and had an encounter with the Lord that gave me a new revelation of who He is:

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

Up until that point, I thought of God as a tough taskmaster. I felt that nothing I did was ever good enough.

I saw life as a series of hurdles I had to jump over to get approval from others, from God, and from myself.

What a life-changing revelation that God loved me just as I was!

As a loving Father, He wanted to see me become all that He designed me to be.

Don’t loving parents desire the best for their children?

God had a wonderful plan for my life and as I listened to His word, I could learn about that plan and most importantly, come to know Him.

Today, let’s break down Zephaniah 3:17 and discover the relationship God wants to have with you.

You are So precious to Him!

1. The Lord your God in your midst. The Lord promises to be with you. Do you know how awesome that is?

That means that no matter where you go or what situations you face, the Lord is with you.

King David wrote about the intimate presence of God in Psalm 139:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

Even if you go to a dark place, you can seek the Lord in the midst of that situation and He will shine light in that darkness.

2. The Mighty One, will save. Are you facing any situations from which you need deliverance? Seek the Lord’s wisdom and His word will save you!

…through knowledge the righteous will be delivered (Proverbs 11:9).”

Through declaring Jesus as your Savior, you qualify for deliverance:

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).”

3. He will rejoice over you with gladness. This part of the scripture reminds me of the Father’s reaction when His prodigal son returned home (see Luke 15:11-32).

Was the father angry when his son returned? Did he lecture his son about his grave mistake?

No, instead the Bible records the father’s reaction:

“But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

I wonder how long the son stayed away from his father because he was afraid of how his father would react upon his return?

Me? I stayed away from God for 9 years! Even though I went to church occasionally, my heart was far from the Lord.

The only time I really thought of Him was when I was in trouble or I desired more material goods from the world.

But now I know the Lord is always glad to see us. He has an open door policy.

He loves it when we spend time with Him just because we love Him and want to be with Him.

4. He will quiet you with His love. This brings up an image in my mind of a father holding his little girl in his arms after she’s had a hard day and comforting her, bringing her peace.

The good news for us is that the Lord is always there to comfort us. We often live so frantically, rushing from this place to that. But the Bible never records Jesus hurrying anywhere! Neither should we.

We should order our lives so that we have plenty of time to do what we need to do. Many times we are stressed because we are doing too many things that the Lord never called us to do.

Even in the midst of stress, we can seek the Lord and He promises to give us perfect peace according to Isaiah 26:3:

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

5. He will rejoice over you with singing. This my favorite part! I love to hear men sing to the Lord, but I cannot imagine what the Lord Himself sounds like when He sings.

However He sounds, I imagine God’s singing voice must be wonderful!

The thought of Him singing over me gladdens my heart and makes me smile. There is so much pain in this world and I imagine the Lord singing over me to comfort me and let me know everything will be well, indeed is well.

Why? Because God rejoices over His children and has provided everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. We just have to believe.

Aw, Lord – how wonderful you are! Help us to gain more and more understanding of You every day.

When we stand before You, we want to know You so well that we all meet You in heaven, it is like a big family reunion!

Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

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  • Mary Lou says:

    I have followed your writings for several years. You have a gift and minister so beautifully to all of us who are struggling. I want to thank you for your faithfulness in ministry. You are such a supply of Gods love and compassion. Blessings to you

    • Esly says:

      I just want to say amen to what Mary Lou has said. Although I have never joined the program as such, I SO appreciate your honestly and your perspectives. Please stay with it! Esly

  • Julie says:

    A fortifying devotion and scripture. Thank you for the words of encouragement and hope. Peace and joy to you and your family.

  • Tom says:

    Wonderful words of encouragement today!

  • Pat says:

    This was so personal for me.. I found myself in tears… I often have to remind myself of the love that God has for me.

    I know God is using you for such a time as this for people like me…pursuing health and wholeness.

    much love and blessings to you.

  • Taylor Catrice Downing says:

    What a wonderful devotion. Thank you so much for posting this today. Learning how to rest in GOD’S presence is an incredible thing.

  • Debra says:

    Dear Kim,
    I’ve been blessed by several of your books, and Scriptures, but the way you have been writing lately, is so spirit led, I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you for loving and serving Him. Debbie

  • Julie says:

    Great lesson, I needed to hear that today ! I need to remember he is rejoicing over me even when I fail his love never does. thanks for always being so encouraging I’m grateful for your ministry .

  • Ironia Broyles says:

    Praise God for your faithfulness in encouraging in the name of Christ! I have your books and receive your emails. But I need to become more committed to losing weight God’s way. Again, thank you!

  • Patricia Ngozi Azubike says:

    Thanks for such encouraging and inspirational words they have made my day and made me realise that God is ever near me no matter the health challenges I am facing .More anionting from your Creator in Jesus name amen

  • Shannon Bailey says:

    Keep me overwhelmed in a good way, Lord. For the power of life and death is in the tongue. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Michelle Kelm says:

    Thank you again – I love reading what you write. A serious and frightening question – if you had died during the 9-year time frame between accepting Christ as savior and actually acknowledging Christ as savior, would you have gone to heaven?

    • Hi Michelle – I have often thought of that question. I’m glad I didn’t have to find out, but I believe that I would have because I did fulfill Romans 10:9: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” I did believe Jesus was the Son of God and saved me from my sins. I just did not know anything about the Holy Spirit and how He set me free free the POWER of sin. So it wasn’t willful rebellion – just ignorance. I thank God for His mercy!

  • Darlene says:

    GOOD DAY KIMBERLY what a blessing you are … I am in encouraged by your joy full spirit. even tho I am gone though a valley you brighten my day GOD is so good…. knowing God is sing over me makes me smile … Thank you Darlene keep the Joy coming…

  • Cyn says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    I thank you for this beautiful message. I had read this before, but it laid on my heart this morning. Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves with worry, wondering if we ever do enough, but praise God for the Holy Spirit because he knows and sees all. I am a part of Take Back Your Temple, but I have to admit even though I read all your posts, I am not obedient to following. I am a diabetic and have been for many years. Now my body is beginning to showing all the signs of not taking care of myself when I was first diagnosed. But I have in my heart that I will continue to push forward and do better each day, knowing that the Lord is continuing to bless me. I’m a person who believes that with reading and hearing comes wisdom, and each day I’m striving closer to defeating all of this, because I will make the devil into a liar. Love you and God Bless.

  • Kimberly says:

    Thanks Kim I needed this TODAY! Since starting the TBYT program in August I’ve discovered that I used food for comfort and I confessed God is my Heavenly Father, but I didn’t actually believe he could LOVE me because I felt I had to DO something (i.e. fast for long periods, pray more, read more, etc) to get him to love and accept me, Thanks for reminding me that God rejoices over me and he truly LOVES ME JUST AS I AM
    Thanking GOD FOR YOU

  • Sherry m. says:

    It’s wonderful to see you , my sister in Christ being taken to a new level of anointing as you minister to us. Today I am so overwhelmed with the love of my Savior that tears flowed freely as I read your teaching today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I read something I wrote several years ago, it said, ” you must be healed from the inside first before the outside healing will manifest.” My prayer today is ,Lord heal our inner self, the hurts and wounds so that our physical healing will be complete. Our weight, our habits, our addictions will come in line with Your divine purpose, in Jesus name amen.

  • Liti says:

    Hi I really appreciate your devotions they have been a life line and confirmation of a process that God is taking me through I’m really looking forward to joining your program vinaka

  • Michelle says:

    Thankyou for always popping up in my inbox with something to remind me of our Gods love and grace for me. I never comment but this morning I felt the urge to thank you for the awesome gift of genuine love and compassion for all, and for giving us the tools we need to help us to see ourselves how God sees us and strive for balance and self control in everything we do.

  • JOANN says:

    thank yu for being such a blessing to me today.

  • Guadalupe says:

    Wow that is so beautiful, I’ve never really read through your writings, what a blessing

  • Debra says:

    God promises a way of escape when we are tempted. You, my dear sister, are one of those ways of escape. When I think I can’t do this, you remind me I can in His Strength. And, because of His love, and singing over us! 🙂 Imagine in heaven, we will get to hear that, can you believe it? Wow, what a day. love ya, DD

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Debra, I love that picture of us in Heaven getting to hear God sing! Thank you for sharing that image…it makes me smile. Love you too 🙂

  • Brenda Pierce says:

    This was a Rhema word. I came home tonight with a heavy heart after having to leave my Mom in a nursing care facility for rehabilitation. She’s never known any illnesses that took her away from home for an extended period of time and she’s 90 years old. This word ministers hope and peace to my heart at a time when I need it most. Thank you for allowing God’s Holy Spirit to minister through you.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      I have prayed for you and your mother, Brenda. So glad God gave you a word in due season to comfort and strengthen you during this season!

  • Judy Johnson says:

    Kimberly, this is so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I will be meditating on what you have written.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Judy – I am glad! That scripture is a beautiful one to meditate on. We are accepted in the Beloved 🙂

  • Travis Bergh says:

    Beautiful. I just stumbled across that scripture in Zephaniah. I too was struck by the awesomeness of God rejoicing over us.

  • Deb says:

    Thank you for this reminder of God’s love for me. Sometimes all I’ve been seeing lately is how mean and self centered people are, but focusing on how much God loves us and quiets us and sings over us is awesome !

  • Sandra says:

    This Word truly blessed my heart (and soul) today!

  • Virginia says:

    What a beautiful reminder! Thank you and God bless.

  • Debra says:

    Ah! So sweet and beautiful! I can just imagine hearing God sing to us!!! Oh isn’t eternity going to be wonderful? I’m so thankful you share His heart with us, it is healing…restoring…comforting. Bless you!

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