Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Grace beyond measure.......

Each morning when we wake up and our feet hit the floor .... it's by His grace and mercy we have breath and life! Wow, so thankful for that!
I am reminded of the story of Esther. She was a woman confident in her call of God. Yet surrounded by consistent attacks of the enemy that would love to destroy her people, the Jews. God placed her in an extraordinary position - gave her the tools to fight the battle - people in place for the fight - and the courage to execute God's plan as directed!
Wow! From little girl to QUEEN!
Sometimes we forget that the very instruments God uses to get our attention... to use for His plan....
Esther 2:9-10
Hegai liked Esther and took a special interest in her. Right off he started her beauty treatments, ordered special food, assigned her seven personal maids from the palace, and put her and her maids in the best rooms in the harem. Esther didn't say anything about her family and racial background because Mordecai had told her not to.......Then we see the instrument the enemy would use in Haman. Selfish ambitions bring exposure and then consequences we are seldom prepared for.
Esther 7:7-8 Haman stood there pleading with Queen Esther for his life—he could see that the king was finished with him and that he was doomed. As the king came back from the palace garden into the banquet hall, Haman was groveling at the couch on which Esther reclined. The king roared out, "Will he even molest the queen while I'm just around the corner?" When that word left the king's mouth, all the blood drained from Haman's face.

Still, grace and mercy is what is found for Esther and her people.....
Esther 9:24-32
Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the archenemy of all Jews, had schemed to destroy all Jews. He had cast the pur (the lot) to throw them into a panic and destroy them. But when Queen Esther intervened with the king, he gave written orders that the evil scheme that Haman had worked out should boomerang back on his own head. He and his sons were hanged on the gallows. That's why these days are called "Purim," from the word pur or "lot."
Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, backed Mordecai the Jew, using her full queenly authority in this second Purim letter to endorse and ratify what he wrote. Calming and reassuring letters went out to all the Jews throughout the 127 provinces of Xerxes' kingdom to fix these days of Purim their assigned place on the calendar, dates set by Mordecai the Jew—what they had agreed to for themselves and their descendants regarding their fasting and mourning. Esther's word confirmed the tradition of Purim and was written in the book.

Are you surrounded by people and a life that is filled with the opportunity for God to 'work' on your behalf for the glory of the kingdom you live in, in His name? Do you choose company that would build you up or tear you down? Are your choices of speech and actions full of self ambitions or grace? Good questions for all of us to consider......
If God could give an orphan girl a home on a palace complex, an Uncle to love and support her, a King to fancy her..... to save a nation of people for His glory...........
What could He do for you where you are right now? For me? Right now......
Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy!

Purposefully positioned,

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