Queen Esther began as young Hadassah, a well cared for orphan from Susa. The Lord set a chain of events in motion to give her exposure, opportunity, and then a kingdom. After a time of royal living, He called her to her duty as a national intercessor. MANY lessons are available in this book, and we learn about the selection process, God’s Mordecai in our lives, the nature of a revealed enemy, and more.
Dear Candidate, I prayed for you. Well, I prayed for US. I prayed that God work His will and providence in our stories. I prayed for Ahasuerus to submit to the trouble and experience God. I prayed that we hold fast to Mordecai’s revelations… Continue Reading “Containment Protocols (Esther’s Call)”
Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Book of Esther is there is no mention of God, but He is everywhere. And, He is in control. Those of you who join me on the “recovering perfectionist” road know how splendid this is in concept,… Continue Reading “The Esther Effect, pt. 4”
We do not ascend to reign alone. That is, to think about just us, speak about just us, place value on just us, or act to serve just us. We imitate our Leader, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and, like… Continue Reading “The Esther Effect, pt. 3”
Esther’s model relies heavily on God’s timing, and encourages alertness and consistency in reigning. Our “shake-and-bake” (or quick, fast, hurried) approach to Scripture causes compression in the events of her story (when real events unfolded over time). But, by the time she steps up as her… Continue Reading “The Esther Effect, pt. 2”
Esther is not the model for the overachiever. She represents self-confidence, not personal effort to overcome inferiority complexes. Reigning in life as Christ’s ambassador means impact — His through us, not our own works. We cannot escape Christ’s purpose in coming for and to… Continue Reading “The Esther Effect, pt. 1”
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