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The Heart of a Courageous Lion

Posted Friday, November 30, 2012, at 2:02 PM

"If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die and your father's family will come to an end. Yet who knows--maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!" (Esther 4:14, GNT)

Esther, who was an orphaned Jewess, often still saw herself as a lonely helpless child. Even after she became queen, she still battled feelings of fear, rejection, and insecurity. When faced with a trial during a time of desperation, Mordecai challenged her and compelled her with this question, "who knows if you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

When God places us in a position of "privilege", there are a few things we should keep in mind:

1). Although we may feel discouraged in our present circumstance. We know the ONE that gives us the courage to press on in obedience to the position He has set before us.

2). A God given opportunity should not be taken lightly and should be viewed as an honor and privilege in humbleness and humility.

3). No position of privilege overrides sound accountability and responsibility. In fact, there is great consequence to those who want to excuse disobedience or bad behavior because of their position.

Esther had done all the right things "physically" on the "outside" but now we would see if she was prepared "spiritually". We see this time and time again in our homes, in the workplace, and in our churches. Going through all the right steps, protocols, and looking good on the outside...but what is really going on in the inside? This is what matters most to God.

Esther's evidence of her strong faith and spiritual walk was revealed through her prayer, fasting, and devotion to God...even if that meant it would cost her life. She had the heart of a courageous lion and God used her fearless faith to accomplish His will. So how do you see yourself today? Do you see yourself as the rejected orphan? Or do you see yourself as the courageous lion, doing God's will no matter what the cost? Whatever God is calling you to do today, know that you were purposed for, "such a time as this".

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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