Are you a current day Esther? {1}

December 30, 2013
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Are you a current day Esther? {1}

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{Part 1 of 3}
Regardless of ones views on homosexuality, the greater issue I have with the whole Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty attack is the huge risk we have of losing our freedom of speech!  If we can’t see that, then we really need to wake up!
I often refer to my favorite political figure, Sarah Palin, as being a current day Esther; the reason I say this is because she, like Esther, has been called for such a time as this, to speak Truth to those willing to hear.  However, is she alone? How about you & me? Aren’t we too called for such a time as this?  Is it not our civil duty as Christians, to boldly stand up for the Word of God?
Esther 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 
I’d like to give a little history on Esther: she came from a family where she was cared for by her Uncle Mordecai because she lost both of her parents to death.  When King Xerxes ordered that “all the single ladies” be brought to the palace, Esther was no doubt afraid; after all she was Jewish. The opportunity she was given to be part of the King’s harem was a dream for most women, much less a Jewish woman.  Yet even in the midst of the glitz & glamour, when given the instructions by Uncle Mordecai that her voice was needed to save her people, she did not focus on the potential fame & fortune; she clung to her Lord & in doing so became the most influential voice in King Xerxes palace! How is that for power?
During a day and age when the media promotes right as wrong & wrong as right, all I can do is point to the Bible & get my direction from Christ.  Esther’s example ignites within me a fire of passion to stand up for what I believe & to unashamedly & boldly speak what God has placed on my heart.
The steps that I see Esther having taken back then, I will be presenting to you for life-application today, in a 3-part series.
1) She was afraid, but she didn’t let fear paralyze her:  
Psalm 27:3, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I know, first hand, how it feels to walk into a situation with my knees shaking from the fear of rejection, or fear of backlash. However, I have also seen, first hand, that obedience to God in these situations yields far greater results than I could ever imagine: open doors where I didn’t see a door, softened hearts that were hardened like rocks and favor when I was despised.  Identifying the call, and walking in obedience, defuses fear & the author of fear {Satan}.  Allowing fear to paralyze us only hinders The Call that God has placed on our lives & delays His message and/or work.
Please join me here for Part 2.

Until then…
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Satin is a writer, wife and stepmom encouraging others through the hard days, bringing the Scriptures alive through life-application and drawing them closer to Jesus.

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