the Warrior: Esther

FOUR WARRIOR CHARACTERISTICS WE LEARN FROM ESTHER

  • Teachability – Our sweet Esther could have taken on the “I’m queen attitude” and done whatever she wanted, but instead she listened to the advice of Mordecai and in returned followed his wise instructions. Esther valued the wisdom of her kinsmen. Wise woman.
  • Patience – Although the book of Esther itself is rather short in our Bibles, it took place over the span of many years. Just the process alone to come before the King in hopes of possibly becoming the next queen, Esther went through a rather rigorous process which took over a year. Just think, a year of pampering and preparing just to be presented to the king. Esther had to remain steadfast, focused, careful and she followed what Mordecai and the Lord asked of her. After Esther is crowned Queen, we read of her patience even in the midst of her own personal turmoil over what was about to happen to her and her people. In the ultimate act of selflessness she prayerfully, patiently, carefully, in God’s time acts accordingly with precision in place and wording to bring to light the truth to help save her people.
  • Selflessness – Esther risked her own safety and security by approaching the king unsummoned. If he did not find favor in her and accept her, she could have been killed immediately yet in God’s strength Esther laid this aside willingly. With her security not resting in her position, beauty, or reputation, she was enabled to freely trust God’s plan for her life by giving her all.
  • Courage – Under Mordecai’s wisdom, Esther risked her life by keeping her nationality a secret; through faith in God she came before the king unsummoned; and preceded to ask all she did of the king with great strength and wisdom. We see immediately in the beginning of the book of Esther that King Xerxes had no problem dismissing Queen Vashti, so he could have easily removed or killed Esther along with her people when he had the chance but in God’s protection, he didn’t. Her courage and faith in God are what made her a true warrior!

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So what?

As a believer, we deceive ourselves to think we live victorious when we do not seek the very author and giver of eternal life – the Savior, cleanser, the One who truly set free a soul, the heart changer, the One who can bless and protector, provider, the One who gives strength when we are weak, the healer (the list can go on – oh what mercy) there is ONLY ONE – God alone!  

God cannot speak to those who are not feasting in His Word daily. God cannot help those who do not take His promises and act upon them in faith and DO them! Esther wasn’t about herself.

Victorious living does not happen in a vacuum but through the wonder working power of Christ in a soul which makes it gloriously possible.

You, like Esther can be a warrior, it must take a willing inward God-centered Christ-focused change to see any outward result. Esther’s teachable, moldable heart in her faith, trust and courage in God was her crowning jewel. How is your tiara?

 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Is Your Light On?

     One of the coolest things I remember is when my husband and I were in Israel was when we were sitting at the foot of the Sea of Galilee one night. While we sat there talking, we looked. We were drawn to the mountains and the blackness that “was out there” until out of nowhere a light appeared.

     High up in the mountain this light appeared and the longer we looked at that light the brighter it got. Then something happened while we gazed at that light, another light appeared, and another, and then another until there were lights flickering all throughout the mountainside around us. It was the most amazing site because just moments before there was complete blackness — you would have never known there were people up there. I will this memory for it also draws me to think about what Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” [Matthew 5:14-16] for truly it is impossible to hide even a small flame in the midst of blackness.

     I think of the ‘blackness’ that is around me which we call spiritual warfare via the devil’s attacks; there is this lost world that needs Christ: my neighbors, the check-out lady, the gas station person, the waitress, or the visitor, and  regular-attender at church. There is also my own sinful pride and selfishness – yes, that too, me! I cannot help but think – “Is my light on?”

Oh yes, I am a child of God [thank you, Lord for saving my soul!!!]; I am a sinner saved by grace; I know where my eternity will be spent [thank you, LORD!]. In all my weaknesses and faults, the Lord saved this soul and I am eternally indebted to Him – His love never changes for me or for you, but thinking about that mountainside in Israel and Jesus’ words in Matthew makes me wonder, if have I changed over the years?

‘Is MY light ON’  — like that very first day when my personal darkness turned to day because Jesus turned on my light on [my salvation day] or have I slowly put my light on “dimmer”? I think of others who have chosen to turn their light off [well, if truly born again, they are hiding their light under a bushel].


But Jesus was clear when He said in Matthew, “YOU are the light of the world.”

Is your light on?

In Christ I am She

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Before any conclusions are made, I want to make one thing clear…I am a work in progress. In Ephesians 2 in says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” He is truly the Potter and I the clay and I am thankful for that. The other day in my personal time with God, I was reading I Corinthians 15. In verses 57 and 58 is says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” WOW! these are powerful and encouraging verses to this soul of mine. In my journaling Bible I wrote this {in much fancier letters} :0)

Whenever discouragement arises…

{{REMEMBER}}

  1. be steadfast [means: resolution, dutifully, firm, loyal, faithful, committed, dedicated, constant; firmly fixed or established; not fickled or wavering]
  2. be IMMOVABLE [never distracted; giving ourselves over to that which we know is not vain; locked on one = Christ; not affected; not having the passions excited]
  3. always ABOUNDING [always excelling] in the WORK of the LORD, {and this next part is just the sweetness of God towards His creations} KNOWING this [you can know; you do know], that in the LORD your labor IS NOT IN VAIN.

Nothing you do for Christ is a waste of time or effort. 

Nothing! Time with Christ is never time wasted! In Christ I am She is truly & simply born out of a deep longing and personal desire for God. I need God. Without Christ; I am nothing; I can do nothing. This heart, soul, and mind is continually needing reminding, spurring, challenging, rebuking, comforting, leading, loving, directing, and fastened to the One and only that can truly fulfil. And this is how In Christ I am She blog blossomed; a needy heart for Christ and thee incredible working power of Christ in a soul = a changed life.

I do have a deep prayerful desire: that in some small way the Lord uses His working in this heart on mine, as weak and needing as it is, to somehow be an encouragement to you. That you may see the wonder working power in their own life, and in return give Him all the glory and praise due to His name, so that others will be pointed to Christ. May we live an abundant-intended life in Christ and glorify our Maker!

Today, 12.01.2016, as In Christ I am She: Saved. Hopeful. Empowered. I pledge to my Lord Jesus Christ, from this day forward, may I be willing to obey and walk willingly, serve and love Him with all my heart unconditionally, then share that obedience, walking, serving, and love with others {in both written and verbal form}. May your hearts be challenged yet encouraged to love Christ with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. May Jesus Christ be praised!

Rejoice for you are a daughter of the King,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}