Monday, November 7, 2016

A Nation Under Siege

A Nation Under Siege

The Character:  Esther

What can we do when we feel as though our nation and our people are under siege and those in leadership do not have the either God’s or the people’s best interest in their hearts?

Esther is a prime example of someone God can use in times of crisis within a nation and when the leadership of the nation apparently care more for their own position and promotion than for the safety, security and future of the nation.

The well placed account of Esther teaches us that:

1.   God equips the called … He does not call the equipped.
a.   A calling is an invitation from God to come and be set aside to be prepared to serve.
b.   Esther was called and then she was
                                         i.    prepared
                                        ii.    positioned
c.   This all took time and attention --- It takes time to be equipped

2 Timothy 2
1  You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

In Esther’s case it years of God working in her life and bringing her to the place where she had a chance to shine. No doubt that the God who knows the end from the beginning was working all things together in her life to bring her to her appointment with destiny. She was called by God a long time before she was called by the King.

2.   It is the ordinary that gets us ready for the extraordinary.
a.   The ordinary every day, day in and day out, hum drum duties of life prepare us to be the greatest us we can be.
b.   The greatest you will ever be is you being great at being you.
c.   God made you and you will never truly master anything greater than being you.
d.   God has a plan and a need for someone just like you … it’s you!

Esther 4
13  And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.
14  "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

3.   Have faith despite the trials of life.
a.   Esther had a life filled with trials but she continued to trust God.
b.   But after all, she was the great, great, great granddaughter of Abraham.

Romans 4
19  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
20  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
21  and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
22  And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness."

Esther teaches us that:
·        God has a plan
·        He is prepared
·        Everything can change in one moment

Let’s continue to trust God and perhaps do what Esther asked her friends and family to do in that all critical moment for her nation and her people:

Esther 4
15  Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai:
16  "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
17  So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.

I am going to ask you to join me on this coming Tuesday, November 8th, for a day of prayer and fasting.
·        Pray for our nation.
·        Pray for those whom God may use.
·        Fast one meal that day and pray for our election process and that the people God wants to serve in the offices of our local and national politics will get elected.
o   Breakfast
o   Lunch
o   Dinner
·        Spend that time in prayer

·        Let’s humble ourselves before God on this critical day.