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This Is Your Time

Esther 4:14

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
We all know the story of Esther, how a beautiful Hebrew girl became the queen of a great empire. It is a beautiful account and reminder of how God is always watching over His people. As I read that verse, there are several thoughts that jump out at me that I’d like to share today.

1. There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent.

This was not the time for Esther to be silent, it was her time to speak up for her people. Do we know when it is time to speak up for the things that need to be spoken for; is it your time to speak against the evil of your day?

2. Deliverance will come, but are you willing to pay the price?

I can’t help but think of that citation by the outspoken public foe of Adolf Hilter, Martin Niemoller; First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

3. This is your time!

Esther was put there by God for such a time as this, to be used of God to bring deliverance to her people. She was reminded that God’s plan/people will be delivered with or without her participation. My friend, you are where you are for such a time as this, let God fulfill His plan in and through you, stand up for righteousness, holiness and truth. Father, help us to be brave, not to fear their faces, but to proclaim the truth and spread holiness, to contend for the faith in such a time as this! Amen.
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He Went To Him

Luke 10:33-37

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Sometime ago I was listening to a message on the Good Samaritan regarding “Who Is My Neighbor”. A phrase the preacher read in “Luke 10:34 And went to him…” jumped out at me, “went…to…him”. So often I’ve heard individuals say, “I want to help someone but I just don’t know who or how.” Or better yet, “they didn’t ask for help so I don’t want to interfere”. From time to time, many of us have even had that very thought ourselves. As I sat there thinking of that phrase, a couple of things came to mind.

1. He was unable to ask for help… he had been beaten insensibly… Luke 10:30…leaving him half dead.

2. His circumstance was definitely visible… Luke 10:31…a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

3. He chose to go to him. Luke 10:34 And went to him,

As I thought about these things, I couldn’t help but think about other discussions I’ve heard over and over again. “How do we get people into our churches?” Then it began to dawn upon me…he, the good Samaritan, went to him!

1. He didn’t wait for a plea of help from the hurting…

2. He didn’t try to ignore the need that was right in front of him.

3. He took responsibility for what was right in front of him. He showed compassion, went out of his way and spent his time and energy to help someone in need.

So often God has placed things right in the MIDDLE of the road for us, and yet we walk right around it like the Priest and the Levite. We convince ourselves that someone else will take care of it, that we’re too busy. All the while many are dying right in front of us! Heavenly Father, help us to see who You have put in our pathway, may we not ignore but go and help them!
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Leave The Details To God

Exodus 14:29

But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea…
How many times have you been faced with a “GAINT” crisis and you thought that God was just not moving fast enough? Maybe you’ve been afraid that God was going to miss some “tiny” detail, that…well, you could just help Him with? Now be honest…many, if not all of us, have at some point fretted that things would not turnout as we thought they should. Even the Israelites fell prey to that snare, remember their exodus from Egypt? Exodus 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? How many times have we chastised the children of Israel for their unbelief and lack of trust in God? How could they possibly have beheld all of those miracles and yet still have doubts? Where was their confidence in God and yet, we should be asking ourselves that very question. How many times have we done the very same thing? Over and over God has revealed Himself but we only see the “Red Sea”. Over and over God has proven Himself at the “Red Seas” of our life, even taking care of all the minuscule details, but we still question Him. My friend, take courage, God not only handles the “Red Seas” but also takes care of even the minutest details. You see, God didn’t bring the children of Israel to the banks of the Red Sea for them to cross wearing muck boots! No, He provided a clear and dry path for them to cross. God is thorough and will take care of your problems too, just trust Him. Heavenly Father, help us to never forget that You always provide, that You are truly thorough!  

Song: Over and Over

Over and over again and again, God is faithful Over and over, again and again, Through it all He’s made me able To stand and survive, To come through alive When it sure looked like I couldn’t win, Jesus is with me So I claim the victory, Over and over again
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Look Up!

Luke 21:28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
In light of what all is going on in our nation, one could become extremely discouraged. Did we ever think that we would see the day (in the United States of America) when Christians were singled out and executed for their faith? That a monument of the Ten Commandments would be removed from a State Capital? The definition of marriage changed and a woman imprisoned for standing up for her religious freedom?

To the bewilderment and unbelief of many, we’ve watched over this last year as these very events have transpired. These atrocious verdicts and abominable acts towards God and Christianity are destroying the very foundation of this nation. We are living in some very perilous times and only God knows what is ahead for our nation.

But in light of all this, I would like to remind us, the redeemed, the blood washed, to take courage! These things were foretold (2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…). But oh the JOY that should be flooding our souls when we call to remembrance the words of our Savior! As Luke writes, when these things begin to come to passLook upLift up your heads! For your redemption draweth nigh! This is what we have been waiting for, praying for, longing for, the return of our Messiah!

My friends, BE NOT discouraged but REJOICE, for OUR KING is COMING! So spread the NEWS!

I can hear the chariots rumble…I can see the marching throng…And the flurry of God’s trumpets spell the end of sin and wrong…Regal robes are now unfolding…Heavens grandstands all in place…Heavens choir is now assembled…Start to sing Amazing Grace…The King is coming, the KING IS COMING, Praise God He’s coming for me!

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