July 03, 2020
"And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" (Esther 5:14)
Everything has its moment. And in every man or woman's life there are critical moments when they will decide if they are going to rise up and fulfill their God-given destiny. What you may not realize is how dramatically your decisions affect those around you and perhaps many people for years to come.
AN UNEXPECTED LEADER
Esther was a young, Jewish girl who had been miraculously lifted up to be the Queen in the Medio-Persian empire (the largest in the world in its time). Through a strange plot line, a wicked man in the kingdom (Haman) decided to destroy the entire Jewish population. It's amazing how Satan continues to try to orchestrate this genocide against the Jews throughout history.
Esther had a choice: she could rise up and fulfill her destiny as a deliverer to the Jews or keep silent and try to save her own skin.
Challenged by a godly uncle, she steps into the moment, willing to give her life on behalf of her people. Through a wise plan, the plot is unveiled to the King and he hangs Haman instead of the Jews. A whole nation is saved by Esther’s courage.
... are what we call men and women like this. We have a special name for them.
You may not be called upon to save a whole nation. But you will be called upon to be the instrument to bring life and deliverance to your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, your community. You might be surprised how far your impact will go. In fact, if enough courageous believers simply did the next right thing it could dramatically change the entire nation.
Our lives were designed by God to live for something higher—to show the world what the Kingdom of God is like and help usher in its presence, one life at a time. Today, you have a part to play, more than you realize.
Father, thank You for courageous men and women like Esther who have risked their lives and reputation to do what You desired. Thank You for the channels of grace their courageous faith has opened for millions throughout history. Give me the grace to see the decisions before me in this way and to stand courageously when needed for Your glory and the good of others.
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August 07, 2020
August 06, 2020
There are thousands, perhaps millions of people who believe they are Christians who will never enter heaven. This is not my evaluation, but the clear teaching of Christ Himself.
Christ spoke of false prophets who "come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15). It is not the outward clothing, but the inward heart that indicates a true believer.
What is the only way to know the difference between a professing believer and a real believer?
August 05, 2020
Of all the things Jesus could have addressed in the Sermon on the Mount, it's fascinating that He spends a good bit of time addressing worry. In fact, He commands us not to be worried: "Do not be worried about your life."
We are champion worriers. God knows that worry is so counterproductive. Not only is it useless, but it ties us up, destroys our faith, is a poor witness to those who are watching, and dishonors God. So, to help us He gives His true followers multiple reasons why worry is so useless.