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Feb 15, 2008

Glorious Victory

Background:Esther 9,10 The Jews went through tough situations from the time they and their kings began disobeying God (Book of Judges, Book of Nehemiah, Book of Ezra) from the time David's kingdom got divided and then through various captivities by many rulers among whom this Persian king was one. Yet in all this, the book of Esther ends on a positive note for the Jews. They went in as captives under the king of Persia (though many years ago) yet they come out gloriously victorious through the obedience of Esther and Mordecai, to doing the right thing. I loved the book of Esther, because it portrays silently the work of God, who didn't forget His people even in the midst of their captivity under a non-Israelite non-believer king and turned what was meant for harm into glorious victory for His people who called out to Him

  1. Captivity can be turned to victory-Captivity & weeping may last for a time but victory and joy come for those who will stay their ground for the Lord and do the right thing even when they are in captivity.
  2. God is able to turn harm into good, for those who love Him-Nothing demonstrates Romans 8:28 better than the book of Esther. When Haman thought he could get the Jews annihilated, God turned tables on him through the obedience and prayer of the Jews.
  3. God can move unbelieving hearts in your favor even when you are in captivity especially when you choose to do the right thing and walk with God, no matter whether you feel like it or not.
  4. There is freedom from bondage and captivity no matter who caused it-The freedom is definite for those who correct their ways and walk rightly before God and God i able to bring them out on top, always.
  5. Glorious Victory-You will see the triumph with which God brings out the Jews from this episode, Esther 10 (must read to get the picture). God never brings out His people from captivity or bondage in a just-escaped or a mediocre status, but in a glorious, honored, rich, royal manner. Remember when the Israelites came out of bondage from Egypt, Exo 12:35-36 says "35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians." For Esther and Mordecai, their captive situation not only changed but God propelled them into a place of authority and royalty.

Conclusion-When you set your face like a flint and determine to follow God no matter what captivity you are in, no matter what is keeping you tied down, no matter what reason you went into captivity-God can change your situation and bring you out unscathed, honored, respected, in authority, in royalty. The only thing between your captivity and freedom is your walk with God in total obedience to the guidance and ushering of the Holy Spirit.


uncommon1 said...

thanks for this post, i'll probably have to re-read it, but i'm struggling with some "captivity" issues of my own. this was encouraging.

preacherman said...

Great post.
Keep up the great blogging.
I hope you have a great weekend.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

Sista Cala said...

"God never brings out His people from captivity or bondage in a just-escaped or a mediocre status, but in a glorious, honored, rich, royal manner."

Oh what a beautiful reminder of His excellence and His mercy.