Courage under Fire & Persecution!
“God’s enemies will inevitably oppose God’s people. Such Conflict is unavoidable, because light & darkness do not mix.”
God does great things through obedient servants. Esther defied all the rules of her time, violated a decree of the king simply to do what God asked of her. Even though some people advised her against going unto the king without being summoned, for she would be risking her very life. When she was faced with the choice between common sense (safety & security) and going against all odds and risking her life for her people…Esther (Hadassah) chose the latter. She knew that even if it didn’t make any sense to the rest of the world, she had to follow God’s command regardless of the consequences. To be obedient to God at whatever the cost. Sometimes we must break the social norm and rules in order to be faithful to the call of God on our lives. No one on this earth is unquestionable!!! Not the princes, kings, theologians, pastors or scholars. God is the ONLY unquestionable ONE. I urge you brothers/sisters in Christ, if you know that something being said or taught directly contradicts the word of God, no matter how subtle we MUST stand up for TRUTH and address it. We must humbly seek the Lord in prayer and follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If God would have you keep silent, he has a purpose in that silence. He may want to send someone else to address the matter. If you remember the story of king David, he did not have God’s permission to build the temple for the privilege would be given to his son king Solomon. On the other hand if God asks you to stand up for what’s right, just like he did with Esther…we must be quick to obey. I want to camp out a minute on the subject of “convictions”. In my 6 year journey (so far) with God i have heard Christians say “well God hasn’t convicted me on that matter”. Ummmm let me say this, either God convicts you or not on something that is SIN YOU NEED TO STOP doing it! It doesn’t matter if you’re convicted or not…you need to STOP SMOKING, STOP watching inappropriate tv shows, stop listening to less than God honoring music, STOP the drinking (the bible states that those who drink and get drunk WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM in Galatians). JUST STOP! Don’t wait to be convicted on it and use it as an excuse to go on sinning, GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART! Stop playing games with the Creator, you will always lose! Now back to the story 🙂 For we must remember that most times what makes sense the Heavenly Kingdom doesn’t in the Earthly one.
Isaiah 55:8 -9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s plans are created in the heavenly places. Therefore to those in communion with God, he gives insight. I must also point out that we must be very careful when the Lord has commanded one of his children to carry out a task that we don’t pretend to know what God has/has not spoken as an outsider. If we look at Esther, God did not give the insight of his plan to her friends or to the Jewish nation. He gave it to whom was going to carry it out for him. So because we may think that it makes no sense, let’s not pretend to know God’s plans for someone else’s life if it clearly does not contradict the word of God. Sometimes we can discourage brothers/sisters in Christ because we feel that we know God’s plans better than God himself.
Be of courage and do not be afraid. John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you WILL have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
In Greek the word tribulation is defined as:
Original Word: θλῖψις
Phonetic Spelling: (thlip’-sis)
Short Definition: affliction
NASB Word Usage
affliction (14), afflictions (6), anguish (1), distress (2), persecution (1), tribulation (16), tribulations (4), trouble (1).
If we are NOT experiencing these things in the present world then we must question “who are we working for”? He didn’t say, maybe you will face tribulation…he said WE WILL…and if we’re not, then we must not be a threat to satans kingdom, for he is leaving us alone. So stand fast when the world comes against you, for it came against our Lord first, and he HAS overcome the world. When we are working for the kingdom of God, life get’s all sorts of complicated! 🙂 Yet he stand firm on this promise…Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Brother/Sisters let’s continue frighting the good fight for our Kings return is at hand.
2 Tim 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
May we be obedient to death to he who dies for us. No matter how unpopular!
Always keep in mind that the trials we face today may be the beginning of a divine work God is commencing in our lives. Your current circumstances are the tools He will use for his next great work in and through your life. The story of Esther is a testimony of God’s providential care for his people, even in the midst of devastating oppression. Governments may seek to challenge God’s cause, but no power can prevail against God’s will. Even the most sinister forces must yield to Almighty GOD. God’s timing is perfect, and we must learn to focus on the message NOT the circumstances!