Are you one of the living dead? Are you barely existing, zombie-like, in despair, defeat or depression?
Believe and declare that God has assigned you to be here on the planet for such a time as this, and that can all change. You will start living in abundance today—here and now and forever!
Queen Esther decided to live—even if it killed her!
The Bible (Esther 4-5) says that her cousin, Mordecai, challenged Queen Esther to risk her life, saying, “If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”
Although it was against the royal law, Queen Esther had the ability to walk into the throne room for an audience before her husband Ahasuerus, the mighty King of Persia, unannounced. There was only one catch. If he did not extend his royal scepter to her, she would be killed immediately.
The king had a bad track record regarding treatment of his previous wife, so presuming on his good graces was a risky venture. She decided to do so anyway.
“Esther answered Mordecai: ‘Go and get all the Jews living in Susa together. Fast for me…If you will do this, I’ll go to the king, even though it’s forbidden. If I die, I die.’”
Esther, believed she was “made queen for just such a time as this.” Here’s what happened:
“Three days later Esther dressed in her royal robes and took up a position in the inner court of the palace in front of the king’s throne room. The king was on his throne facing the entrance. When he noticed Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased to see her; the king extended the gold scepter in his hand. Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
“The king asked, ‘And what’s your desire, Queen Esther? What do you want? Ask and it’s yours—even if it’s half my kingdom!’”
Queen Esther, risking death, finds favor. Her courage saves her people from annihilation.
Abundant living comes though embracing life even when everything looks like death. It means claiming God’s calling on our lives when the darkness deepens and the storm swells.
Esther believes, takes action, and life follows! Jesus, later, does the same!
In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before his crucifixion, “He bowed with his face to the ground, praying, ‘My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.’” (Matthew 26:39)
By choosing to die to his own life, fears and desires Jesus lives! He leaves the garden, calmly goes all the way to die on the cross, then rises from the dead for our salvation!
Now it’s our turn. Jesus says, “If you save your life you will lose it. But if you lose your life you will save it.”
Jesus’ prescription for abundant living is to start dying to everything you hold dear, are afraid of losing, and think brings life. Then, he promises, you will truly live.
“For me to live is Christ!” (Galatians 2:20)
“Giv’m heaven!”—John Parker
John Parker serves with Connections Simple Church of Chowchilla meeting 10 AM Sundays at Carty Center, 609 W. Robertson Blvd. Learn more at: www.simplechurchsuccess.com or contact John at (209) 564-7201