‘For Such a Time as This’
By Mike Shreve, Special to ASSIST News Service
CLEVELAND, TN (ANS – June 27, 2015)
-- As we meditate on the present state of affairs in our nation and
world, no biblical passage should come to mind any more readily than the
story of Esther. It was a critical time for God’s people then, and so
it is now—politically, monetarily, socially and spiritually. Listen to
Mordecai’s exhortation to his niece, who had just been appointed as
“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace
any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent
at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from
another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who
knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Es. 4:13-14)
Unchecked, Haman’s plan would have spelled destruction for the Jews.
In like manner, left unopposed, there are certain dark forces and evil
agendas converging on this generation which could bring destruction—on
Israel, on the United States of America and on the New Covenant people
of God all over the world. Too many believers are satisfied to just
enjoy living in “the King’s palace”: accessing for their own benefit the
royal heritage we have received in Christ. However, there are other
Esther-like individuals who feel the weight of responsibility, who know
the importance of their calling and who are willing to rise up and fight
the good fight of faith.
Esther was the primary catalyst for change and rescue in her day;
only God knows what elect persons are primary ‘catalysts’ for revival
and spiritual awakening in this hour. But surely, the six determining
factors that lifted that Jewess from obscurity to prominence will be
evidenced as well in any modern day oracles who answer the call to be
world changers and history makers.
1. Esther was virtuous—If she had not valued her
“virginity,” she never would have qualified as a replacement for Queen
Vashti. So those who will be used mightily of God in this hour must hold
virtue, integrity and holiness in high esteem—walking the walk, not
just talking the talk.
2. Esther had a mentor—Mordecai, Esther’s uncle,
adopted her and trained her for many years in the things of God. It was
his passion to see truth expressed through her life. In like manner, any
person who flows effectively in the power of God normally has a mentor
standing somewhere in the shadows. Elisha could point to Elijah. Joshua
could point to Moses. Timothy could point to Paul. And so the prophets
and prophetesses of this hour can point to the previous generation of
men and women of God who held the torch high for us.
3. Esther was willing to leave her ‘comfort zone’—Esther
could have remained silent and simply tried to just save her own life.
But she was willing to endanger herself for the cause of righteousness
and the good of others. So we can just try to live comfortable lives,
enjoying the Biblical revelation we have received for our own benefit—or
we can step out of our comfort zones to help an endangered world and to
advance the cause of the Kingdom of God. Remember, as Edmund Burke
said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men
to do nothing.”
4. Esther mobilized others—Esther knew that she
needed to mobilize all of God’s people to be a success. She called God’s
people to a three day fast. So great ministry leaders still understand
the ‘big picture’—the greater potential for success that comes when
large teams of like-minded believers are mobilized to accomplish great
purposes. Remember the acronym for TEAM—Together Everyone Accomplishes
5. Esther was willing to take a risk—Even though it
was not lawful for her to approach the King Ahasuerus without an
invitation, she said, “If I perish, I perish…” She laid her life on the
line. So God is searching the world over for those who are willing to
risk it all in order to fulfill God’s purposes, thwart enemy plans and
see their full potential awakened.
6. Esther was part of a plan—Most importantly,
Esther (which means “star”) was part of a plan, a divinely ordained
blueprint for triumph that existed in the heart of God long before she
was ever born. So also, the Bible says that God has “saved us and called
us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to
His own purpose and grace which was given to us, in Christ Jesus, before
the world began” (2 Tim. 1:9).
So pray. Seek God. Find your ordination. Do your part. Step into your
destiny. And we will find out once again, that even in times of
darkness, there are believers who are chosen to “arise” and “shine.”
(Is. 60:1) Remember, they that “turn many to righteousness” shall shine
“like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3). It may be a dark night,
but God has some more “Esthers”—heaven's “stars”—who are waiting in the
“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Photo captions: 1) Esther before King Xerxes. (Copyright © Gospel Services, Inc.). 2) Mike Shreve.
the writer: Mike Shreve has served as an evangelist for forty-five
years. Presently, he is also pastoring The SANCTUARY in Cleveland, TN.
He is the founder of Deeper Revelation Books publishing company, and an
author of 13 books himself, including the best-selling Charisma House
book, “65 Promises from God for Your Child.” His website is: www.shreveministries.org and his e-mail address is: Mikeshreve@aol.com.
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