Your “Such A Time As This” Moment

Do You have influence? Everyone does to some extent whether we are royalty or not. In the scheme of things, God has placed each one of us in a sphere of influence. He has given each person gifts, talents, wealth and even lack of wealth (not a hindrance for God), to use as tools for the purpose of His glory. Remember, Esther, even though she became a favored queen, she began as an orphaned Jew in a sometimes hostile foreign land and she was taken in to the palace as a harem slave.

Who is in your sphere? We have family, friends, coworkers, business associates, acquaintances, etc. who can be sources of joy but often stress and turmoil in our lives. And sometimes we discover enemies within our communities, the world and even among our close circles. Our assignment as believers is not to appease those who oppose us for temporary peaceful circumstances, but to stand firm on what God has called us to speak and to do. This often causes division. Peace with God and worldly peace are oftentimes conflicted. (Matthew 10:34-39, John 14:27, 16:33)

When we become a part of God's kingdom, we have the privilege to participate in what He is doing. Sometimes this can involve great risk in which we must be vigilant in prayer to make sure we carefully follow His instructions because innocent lives including our own could be at stake. I encourage to read the book of Esther in remembrance of the holiday of Purim. This year it will be the 25-26th of February.

"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you will say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. "~Yeshua, Matthew 10:16-20

Life is valuable to God. He created each and every life for His purposes (Psalm 139). The enemy, Satan and those who follow him (even unintentionally), comes to steal. to kill and to destroy lives (John 10:10) using deception as cover. God created nations and governments for the purpose of keeping order and justice for preservation of life and punishment for crimes. When this gets out of order, it takes good honest people (many times only a few with God's help) put into positions of influence at all levels by God to set things right. It is delicate with much opposition.

Esther and Mordecai put their own lives at risk for the sake of many innocent lives. Because of their obedience to God, their people, the Jews, were given the means and permission to defend their lives against the orders set in place by the wicked schemes of Haman and his henchmen. In the end, Haman was hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai the Jew. This is poetic justice. This is Purim. Stay close to God and pray. You may have many Esther moments in your life or maybe only one. Stay watchful and be obedient.

The traditional celebration of Purim includes the wearing of character costumes, reading the book of Esther out loud, cheering the heroes and booing the villains. It also includes eating the sweet fruit filled pastry called Hamantashen that are made to resemble the hat that Haman may have worn. There are at least two really great movies about Ester's story, both are on YouTube: "One Night With The King"(2006) and "The Bible Collection: Esther"(2000). Chag (Happy) Purim!!!


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