Welcome to this divine and perfect month of July.
What I will be sharing today is from the inspirational, and powerful book of Esther.
Whilst studying the book of Esther I learnt about the importance of prayer and fasting, the divine favour of God, the importance of making wise decisions, fearless risk taking, obedience, humility, faith and trust in God, and defeating the enemy.
The enemy in the book of Esther is Haman.
So who was Haman?
Haman was a close confidant to King Ahasuerus the husband of queen Esther, but he was an enemy to the Jews and his hatred towards the Jews began in the following scripture:
“And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.”
Haman’s hatred for the Jews began with Mordecai’s daring decision to refuse to bow down to the King, now bear in mind not doing so would have cost Mordecai his life, and many Jews would have given in, in fear of losing their lives, but Mordecai had a different character, he was bold, and he had a different type of faith, a type of faith that he was not willing to compromise.
Mordecai obviously knew that his God was greater, and stronger than any other. Does this remind you of anyone else? Well it most certainly reminds me of the great prophet Daniel, he to refused to bow down to a King risking his life in the process, yet his life remained untouched by the enemy.
“and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.””
“But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.””
Read the book of Daniel to find out more.
Mordecai and Daniel both have one thing in common and that is that they both truly feared God, and not man.
“Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew.”
So not only was Mordecai bold enough to refuse to bow down to any King, but he was also bold enough to reveal his identity.
Wow, how many of us would go that far as to reveal that we are children of God even if our lives were at stake?
Mordecai had unshakeable, and persistent faith, and he did not allow anyone to change his mind no matter their title or authority.
This is a boldness that only comes by truly knowing who you are in Christ Jesus.
Remember that the enemy will always lie in wait for your downfall.
Never allow the enemy to change your mind, for the moment you do you become fearful of the enemy and not of God, now that’s deep.
“When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath.”
“But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai.”
The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy lives, destinies, and the God’s perfect will/plan. The enemy is not satisfied until he has destroyed ALL not some but ALL, remember that there is no peace for the wicked, and that satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour. Therefore brethren, be vigilant and know that the enemy will always try but in the end he will always FAIL.
“Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.”
God’s chosen people are unique, special, and set apart. They do not conform to the ways of the world, and that is something that the enemy cannot stand. The enemy cannot stand holiness, and he most certainly cannot stand the light. We are the light of this world, and therefore we have no business to do with darkness.
“If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.””
Haman is very much similar to Judas, willing to destroy God’s plan with money, but you see that’s one thing that the enemy never seems to understand. It is true that one is able to sell their soul in exchange for money, but it is also true that, that same person will perish in hell fire for doing so, and that money will never last because you cannot destroy life and get away with it.
Life is a gift from God it is precious, you cannot just take it away anyhow, because life belongs to God.
The devil cannot touch the life of a man or a woman whom is rooted in Christ Jesus, and that is why when Judas attempted to destroy life in exchange for money it backfired on him.
Christ did not lose His life nor did He lose His soul rather he resurrected, whereas Judas perished losing both his money and soul. The same thing happened to Haman, as we will see in the later chapters of the book of Esther.
The moral of the story pretty much is, you cannot be an enemy of God and expect to live, such a person will always be defeated because they are agents of satan.
Pray against the spirit of Haman, the enemy never gives up, the enemy is persistent and determined, he will go the extra mile, go any length, and to every measure just to witness your downfall.
Pray that this shall never be your portion, that the enemy shall never be able to rejoice in reducing you to nothing.
“So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.”
Men and women in high places have been given so much power by satan the prince of this world, to toy with the lives of children of God.
Pray that your life shall never be in the hands of the enemy, but it shall be always placed in the Hands of God. Do not be afraid the enemy has no power over you.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
“And the king said to Haman, “The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.””
“And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.”
Remember that the enemy sends his agents to destroy, kill, and to wipe out, and if you give yourself to the enemy he will succeed in doing so.
Therefore be vigilant, always watch and pray, this is an important instruction given to us by the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Note also the mention of the date the
13th December in that era was the date in which the enemy sought to destroy. I have noticed over the years that not all but most tragedies seem to happen during the winter season, and most especially before Christmas.
The meaning of Adar is leap year, and we are in a leap year so my advice to every bible believing Christian is to really be discerning of the times, and to fast and pray.
“The couriers went out, hastened by the king’s command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel. So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.”
“And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”
Brethren there is great POWER in fasting and prayer.
Yes the Jews mourned, and they weeped yet they did not stop there, they responded with wisdom, they humbled themselves and fasted and prayed.
They waited on the Lord, and they cried out to the Lord for help in unity, and brethren there is so much power in unity there is no way that the Lord will not respond when you humble yourself to fast and pray.
Trust and believe that God will most definitely help you in your time of desperate need.
The question is how desperate are you for the Lord’s response?
The answer is evident in your prayer life.
“Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai:”
““All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.””
“So they told Mordecai Esther’s words.”
“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”
I like Mordecai’s character so much, he just keeps it real. Despite Esther’s position as queen, and though he respected her he was not afraid to remind Esther of who she truly was a Jew, just like the rest of the other Jews whose lives were in danger. Mordecai ensured that Esther focused, and did not lose sight of what truly mattered to save the lives of her people, as she was now in a rightful position to do, God had wilfully given her that mandate.
We all need friends like Mordecai, friends that will help us to not lose sight of the true picture, and that also encourage us to be bold and stand for truth, righteousness, and justice.
Esther’s position as queen was divine favour from God, but just because she was blessed and highly favoured did not mean she was to stay silent, she still had to take action and deliver herself and her people.
It is dangerous to become too comfortable as a Christian because satan never rests.
If Esther became far too complacent in her position as queen that may have been the end of Esther and her people, isn’t that deep and scary.
Brethren we must always be on guard and most importantly pray. Remember that the more faith you have the more blessings you will receive, and the more higher God will elevate you.
When you have faith you have freedom.
“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?””
“Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai:”
““Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!””
“So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.”
Mordecai’s advice to queen Esther encouraged her to be determined, bold, and strong, but in order to face the task ahead she would need strength from a higher source, and that came from no other than God Almighty.
Esther humbled herself, she trusted God, and she obeyed, she listened, she was not prideful, she waited on God and refused to stay silent. In times of warfare brethren you must be wise, and you must not stay silent.
Your mouth is your weapon use it to break through. Notice how Esther was not lazy, she did not call others to fast on her behalf no she fasted herself also, and she understood the power of unity.
When two or three agree in fasting and prayer there is power.
Esther was a risk taker, she risked her life saying “and if I perish, I perish.”
How many of us have gotten to that stage whereby we know and believe that God is our only hope, that there is no one that we can run to besides Him, and we know that we know that we know that we have nothing to lose once our faith and trust is in Him.
When you have that type of faith then the impossible shall become possible for you, for the simple fact that you know God is the God that doeth hard things.
“So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.”
“And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!””
“At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!””
“So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.”
“Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh.”
“Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.”
“Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.””
“Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.”
Haman had a prideful/boastful spirit, he felt he was better than the Jews, he felt that he was bigger than them, but he was just deceiving himself.
When Jesus Christ lives in you, you are always bigger and better.
Esther made an unpopular decision, one that was to take everything away from her, her family, her wealth, her life, and the lives of others, yet she still made that unpopular decision for the sake of obedience to God.
You see brethren most times in Christ Jesus, you will have to make unpopular decisions and this could mean you losing those dearest to you, or even the things that make you feel comfortable.
Esther understood that her destiny outweighed wealth, her husband, or even her position as queen.
Destiny comes from God, and once it’s gone it’s gone you cannot get it back, so make sure that you protect your destiny with your life, never allow anything or anyone to take it away from you, even if it means losing that someone or something for the sake of your destiny.
Esther was strengthened and became bold enough to step out of her comfort zone, and speak once she prayed and agreed with others in fasting and prayer.
Esther was no longer in doubt or afraid, she just went for it.
Brethen there is only one thing similar about fear and faith and that is that they both make you feel uncomfortable. There is nothing wrong with feeling uncomfortable because in the process of being uncomfortable you are growing, and learning.
It is best to choose faith over fear because God always proves our enemies wrong and assures us perfect victory.
In this divine month of July, the Lord shall guarantee you divine victory in the Name that is above every other name, and that Name is none other than Jesus!!!
Pray that the enemy shall grow frustrated at your time of breakthrough.
“And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.”
Honesty is always the best policy.
Mordecai never compromised, he always spoke the truth which showed how fearful he was of God, and not of man.
You will always be rewarded for your honesty, obedience, faith, and trust in Him.
“So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.”
“The king’s servants said to him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.””
“So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?””
“And Haman answered the king, “ For the man whom the king delights to honor,”
“let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.”
“Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ ””
For double of your troubles The
Lord shall reward you with double honour.
“Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.””
“So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!””
“Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.”
“When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.””
“While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.”
You shall trouble the enemy, and he shall fall at your feet.
Your enemies shall dig their own graves because of you, and the Lord shall cause confusion in their camps because of you.
Who can fathom the divine wisdom of God, no one.
He is unpredictable.
The funniest thing about the book of Esther is that Haman literally spent all his money, and wasted all of his time on preparing his own death.
The Lord shall twist the plot of your enemies in the mighty Name of Jesus!
The Lord shall favour you , and according to psalm 23 The Lord shall prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies!
The Lord shall disgrace your enemies and put them to shame, they shall mourn and not rejoice.
Your Haman shall die in your place and you shall be undefeated because, you are a child of God.
People will fear God’s power because of you.
Just remember that there is always a way out with God, and you have just got to be bold, face the enemy, and rebuke the devourer.
“So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther.”
“And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!””
“Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.”
“For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.””
“So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?””
“And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!” So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.”
“Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king.”
“When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?” As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.”
“Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.” Then the king said, “Hang him on it!””
“So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.”
Pray for God’s divine favour.
Also pray against anything that the enemy is planning against you it shall not work, nor prosper against you, instead it shall backfire.
“On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.”
You shall reap the harvest God promised you,and take back what the devil stole from you.You shall rejoice today!For you shall recover it ALL
Faithful is our God.
“So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.”
“Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.”
“You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’ssignet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.””
No one can raise their hand against you, no power no principality that rises against you shall be able to stand, and whoever raises their hand against you shall be condemned.
No one can revoke God’s power in your life, pray against every evil word spoken against you that in the Mighty Name of Jesus it shall not stand!
“So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.”
“The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor.”
“And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.”
Tried in the fire but you are coming out gold. God shall favour you and transform you. He shall change your countenance, fill you with joy, uplift you, and no one shall overshadow you.
You are a royal priesthood, and you shall be great.
You are blessed to be a blessing.
“The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people.”
“And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king’s work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.”
“For Mordecai was great in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent.”
“Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them.”
You shall defeat ALL your enemies not some but ALL.
You shall become famous because of The Lord you serve, and the enemy shall tremble.
“And the king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the citadel, and the ten sons of Haman. What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Now what is your petition? It shall be granted to you. Or what is your further request? It shall be done.””
Pray that God will grant your petition, and it shall be done/ accomplished.
For He is The Lord that doeth hard things. He makes the impossible possible.
“The remainder of the Jews in the king’s provinces gathered together and protected their lives, had rest from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their enemies; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder.”
“This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar. And on the fourteenth of the month they rested and made it a day of feasting and gladness.”
God rewards boldness and faith.
“to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting.”
“So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”
Fast and seriously pray and intercede for the sake of not only your life but the sake of your people, your family, your foundation also.
Pray your way through, take risks, make tough decisions for the sake of your destiny even if it means making you unpopular, your destiny is your life and is more important than friends and even family.
That’s why when Jesus was calling his disciples and they said then needed to sort out a few things first or they needed to attend to an important gathering first Jesus responded:
“Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.””
“Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.””
“And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.””
“But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.””
So what does this mean?
What may seem important to you is actually not but a distraction to your destiny.
This is why you need to fast and pray so that you will have discernment in knowing what you need and what you don’t need in order to move forward in your life.
For example it is not everything that is good that is necessarily good for you, brethren we are all different and therefore we all need to make different decisions at different points in our life in order to be where God has destined for us to be.
I will finish of by saying have faith knowing that God almighty is with you.
God will raise you up, be courageous and strong. Through Christ you shall remain undefeated. So pray, fast, fasting was the basis the fundamental foundation in the breakthrough of Esther and Mordecai, it was the sacrifice the humble denying of self that paved the way, opened the way, and made a way where there seemed to be no way, it made the impossibility possible.
Trust God, step out in faith and after doing so you shall reap the rewards of what you have sowed.
Amen, and enjoy your perfect season of divine favour.