HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
Thanking God for His grace to see this year, and looking forward the special things yet to unfold…
Here’s our first post for 2019
God gave me this word in late November 2018, and I was instructed to save it for the special 2019 word.
So I have amazing news for you…
2019 is the year where a lot of things will make sense!
“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position
for such a time as this“
[Esther 4:14 NIV]
God has declared that in 2019, Purpose, Meaning, and Reasons will unravel in your life in many ways than one!
I’ll walk you through the story of Esther to explain what I’m talking about…
So for a bit of context, a quick summary of the book of Esther goes thus;
Esther is a Jewish orphan under the care of her Jewish uncle, and they’re residing in a foreign land. At a time, the existing queen displeases the king, so he dethrones her, searches for a new one, and Esther is given this royal title – she becomes the new Queen. At some point, due to a particular action by her uncle, a decree goes out to kill all Jews living in all the areas ruled by that king. Esther’s uncle pleads that she should do something about it and speak to the king. Esther seems initially reluctant to do so because of protocol, but with some persuasive and wise words from her uncle, she agrees to do so in spite of possible consequences. So, she goes ahead and does speak to the king, finds favour with him, he listens, flips the script and the Jews triumph over their enemies!
(Please note this is verrrry very brief, and you’ll truly benefit from reading the story yourself, in the book of Esther).
Now let’s break it down a little to make more sense of it…
The root of the problem
In Esther 3, we learn that Mordecai (Esther’s uncle) refuses to comply with some orders that instructed people to honour a man named Haman who the king appointed a very high role (Esther 3:2).
This refusal then meant Haman was angry and went to the king to ask for the destruction of not only Mordecai, but all of the people of his kind (Esther 3:5-6); which meant all Jews residing in that kingdom (Context about how they got there can be found in Esther 2:5-6).
So in Esther 3:8-9 – the decree and suggestion for the Jews to be killed is made by Haman to the king. In verse 10-11, the king agrees. So now we have the Jews in trouble!
Important note here: The seriousness of the decree…
The bible tells us in verse 10 that the king gives Haman his signet ring – the significance of giving Haman the ring is that when a decree/instruction is written out, and sealed by the king’s ring, then nothing can reverse it. So it meant the Jews were really in for it!
When we reflect upon how solidly sealed the decree was, and then look at the fact that Esther’s influence had the ability to overturn it, it ought to inspire us to Walk in our Purpose in 2019, in our various communities.
The world literally needs us! To be the hand of deliverance, to be the light of the world and to use the greatness within us to effect positive change around us! (Matthew 5:14-16). But let me not get ahead of myself with this word, let’s take it step by step.
So next we look at…
Mordecai is in great distress about the fact that he and his people are going to be killed (Esther 4:1-2). When Esther catches sight of her uncle’s grief, she sends for someone to find out why he was in such a bad way (Esther 4:5).
Aware of Esther’s position, Mordecai takes the opportunity to plead that she does something to change the king’s mind. Esther, however, initially replies explaining that a person is only permitted to see the king and speak to him when they’re called upon, and she hadn’t been called upon for a while (Esther 4:8-11).
When they return to Mordecai with Esther’s response, he replies with the famous line that God pointed out to me, and thus inspired this whole word;
“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?”
[Esther 4:13-14 NKJV]
I want us to rest here a sec…
You see, God is an Intentional God, which means, there is a reason for every single thing that takes place in our lives.
Mordecai displayed knowledge of this, and had to remind Esther that there was a bigger picture ahead of her…
Now reflect upon your life, and think of all the ways God has favoured you, all the talents God has gifted you with, and all the very different circumstances that God has allowed you to be in, whether good or bad.
Awaiting you in 2019, are many moments where a bigger purpose for all those things you’ve just brought to mind, will manifest, not just for you and your immediate community, but also for the wider world around you!
A time will come when you need to use your gift of dance, singing, photography, banking etc.
A time will come when your testimony/story of a painful past will need to be shared.
A time will come when the influence you have through the position of power you were given so randomly, will need to be used to help others up!
God has many ‘For Such A Time As This’ moments lined up for you in 2019, and my responsibility right now, is to tell you how NOT to miss them!
Let’s head back to Esther.
She gets inspired by her uncle’s reply and decides that she’ll be Bold and do what she has to do to save her people! (Esther 4:16)
But things could have gone differently, and here are a few key things we have to be mindful of to ensure that we do not miss our ‘For Such A Time As This’ moments!
- Fear – Esther was initially afraid to break the rules.
Sometimes we’re scared of the consequences of going against the grain. But God is calling us to speak out, stand out and trust Him to come through for us.
God calls us out at specific times, to be an example of His wonders. Daniel did this (Daniel 1 and 2), and so did his three friends, and because of their unwavering faith in their God, and their refusal to conform or be intimidated by man, even the king who initially sought to condemn them, ended up worshipping the God they serve (Daniel 3).
Do not be afraid (2 Timothy 1:7) of how big the situation is. God needs you to be bold in what He has called you to do (Joshua 1:9), because He knows the outcome will be great, and He knows you ARE capable.
- Excuses – now I doubt that this was done with malicious intent, but Esther’s initial response is kinda an excuse.
Just like Esther, it’s not that we don’t care about the purpose ahead of us, but when we first see how BIG the assignment is, we back track and start coming up with reasons (which can seem very plausible) for why we can’t do it.
How many of us are good at doing this? We find every possible reason why it’s not the right time. We find every possible alternative way around fulfilling our responsibility and the truth is, if we allow our flesh to run us out of our purpose, we will live with that guilt for the rest of our life.
Aside from that, we must take pride in being chosen to be used by God!
Listen, God has a plethora of vessels He can use! If we dilly dally with doing what we’re meant to, we run the risk of being replaced (Luke 19:40) (and this is a scary reality!) Thus, Mordecai tells Esther, ‘Surely someone else will help deliver us if you do not…’
We have to understand that it is a privilege to be selected to do God’s work. You have to realise that God has planned your life in a way up until that present moment, that specifically qualifies YOU to rise up and take charge ‘for such a time as this’. Friend you need to take that opportunity with pride and joy, and fulfil the precious will of God.
- Lack of understanding of the grace she carried/Disbelief in the importance of her position
How many of us underestimate the gifts we have?
A lot of the time, we simply do not know good we are, or how important we are, or even how cherished we are within our communities. Though she was the wife of a king, Esther did not realise the power of her position, nor did she understand how highly she was esteemed in the king’s mind, but the bible tells us as soon as the king saw her, he was pleased! (Esther 5:2)
I guess you can admire her humility; however, as Christians we need to ensure our humility is accurate, balanced, and used in the correct way. If the bible tells you that YOU are a chosen generation, a ROYAL priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), then trust me, YOU ARE.
There is a type of greatness within you that compares to NOTHING known to man.
God needs you to believe more in the He that is in you (1 John 4:4), and thus step out in situations to birth the purpose He has set to manifest through you ‘for such a time as this’.
- Lack of selflessness – As any human would, Esther’s initial instinct reaction displays an inability to think past her own life (again we can see fear here). We all do this! And the truth is that it’s very natural to feel this way. However Esther quickly saw past herself (Esther 4:16), and put God’s work and her purpose ahead of her instead. Like Esther, we need to realise that our lives are not just for us. In fact the bible teaches us that we are made for God’s pleasure (Revelation 4:11).
1 Peter 4:10 tells us to use our gifts to serve others. 1 Corinthians 12:7 tells us that ‘the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all’ – thus these verses remind us that whatever glory we have in our lives, ought to be used for the good of not just ourselves, but rather, for others.
Always remind yourself: ‘there is an ‘ALL’, that this is for’.
So Purpose fulfilled…
If we skip along to Esther 7:3, we read that she makes her request for mercy to be upon the Jews, and in Esther 8:5-7, the decree is made and signed, thus the Jews are delivered.
So what we’re seeing is that Esther fulfilled her purpose and rose up at such a time as when she was truly needed.
We too, in Jesus’ name, will be like Esther, and we will fulfil every purpose that God has set for us to achieve.
But quickly before we end, let us touch on this…
The reality is that when the ‘for such a time as this’ moment comes, it will be unsettling, it will not be convenient, and it will require faith!
Therefore, we need to depend on God FULLY when we step forward to carry out His work.
And as Esther did, we need to:
- Pray and fast – for His favour and direction to execute His will correctly.
- Apply wisdom – to deal with the situation in the most appropriate way, to optimise the outcome.
In addition to this we should:
- Seek God’s direction
- Walk with God daily – to constantly get a refreshing and top up of anointing from God, and be in-line with Him.
- Continue to cultivate our gifts – let us ensure our talents and gifts are fine-tuned and at their optimum so that whenever God’s need for them comes, we can use it in the best way.
- Ask God to make us sensitive to His voice so we will not miss when He is instructing us to move.
God is calling for boldness, obedience and reflectiveness in 2019. He needs us to be attentive to His voice with our every experience, and thus allow His intentionality in our lives to show through!
2019 is your year to unravel the magnitude and the optimum of certain gifts and talents God has given you! As well as the year for you to share your testimonies and stories with those who will benefit from hearing it.
I pray, that we will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, I pray we will cultivate our gifts to ensure they are always at the best level, and I pray that we will not shun the opportunity to actually see God’s hand in our lives ‘all make sense’.
2019, let us have great confidence in our sauce and source 😀
Happy New Year Friends!
Keep the Faith, Don’t Stop Believing
God Bless you