Christian Devotional – September 7, 2014

Read Esther chapter 10

VERSE:

Esther 10:3–Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.

TRUTH:

Even in the midst of the captivity of the Jews which was mentioned throughout this book, God still moved and worked in such a way that the Jews had people in positions of authority so they would be protected. God’s plan and vision of the big picture is so much greater than anything we could ever plan. Do we doubt that God is in control? We just have to look back through the Bible to see how God used people and orchestrated events for His glory. He did it then; He will do it again.

RESPONSE:

Father, You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are in control and the Bible tells stories of how You have worked and moved in so many circumstances to bring about Your will. I know You are continuing to do that even now. As I look at my life today, even as I don’t understand how You are working or why You are working the way You are, I will trust that You have everything under control.

Christian Devotional – September 6, 2014

Read Esther chapter 9

VERSE:

Esther 9:3–And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and the kings administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them.

TRUTH:

Mordecai was one man. Just one man who chose to stand up for God and obey Him even in the midst of trouble and difficulty. Because of his stand, God used him as a person of influence to shine a light over all those he was around. One person, under the authority of God, has tremendous power and influence. Are we placing ourselves under His leadership and authority and are we willing to take a stand for Him and be people of influence for God?

RESPONSE:

Father, Your authority is over everything in heaven and on earth. You are simply asking us to stand with You and for You. I will choose to make that stand today no matter what I coming and no matter who is around. Use me to spread Your influence.

Christian Devotional – September 5, 2014

Read Esther chapter 8

VERSE:

Esther 8:4–Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.

TRUTH:

Esther came before the king uninvited not once, but twice. Even after she was assured that she was safe and Mordecai was safe, she still risked her safety and returned to the king to plead for the lives of all Jews. Do we continue to fight for what is right even after our own safety is assured? God desires that we stand up for what is right, not just stand up for ourselves. Who do we need to stand up for and defend today?

REPONSE:

Father, You are the Holy One and Your people and Your principles are worth standing up for, even if I am not personally affected. I will follow You and defend those who need it, even if it doesn’t personally affect me.

Christian Devotional – Sptember 4, 2014

Read Esther chapter 7

VERSE:

Esther 7:10–So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.

TRUTH:

Haman had been plotting and planning the demise of Mordecai because he would not bow down to Haman. Instead, Haman is killed on the very device that he intended to use to kill Mordecai. When we plan and plot evil, we should expect to see evil returned back on us. Do we plan evil toward others or are we planning blessings toward others? What are we expecting in return?

RESPONSE:

Father, You are in control of all things. You see the plans to do evil and the plans to bless and You will make all things right in the end. I will praise You no matter what. I know that You do not always make things right this quickly, but I will trust You to make it right at the right time.

Christian Devotional – September 3, 2014

Read Esther chapter 6

VERSE:

Esther 6:6–When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?”

TRUTH:

The king just asked a question. Haman, in his pride and arrogance, was the one who made the giant leap to assume that the king was talking about him. Do we assume that we know exactly what others are thinking? Do we assume that we know what God is thinking? This can result in huge miscalculations and embarrassment, at best. If we are going to assume something about ourselves, we should assume that we are the lowest, not the highest. God will exalt and lift up those whom He desires. We shouldn’t assume it.

RESPONSE:

Father, You are all I desire, not the praise of men. I will not assume that I am higher than I am, for I am nothing without You. Keep me focused on serving others today and not on serving myself.

Christian Devotional – September 2, 2014

Read Esther chapter 5

VERSE:

Esther 5:9–Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.

TRUTH:

What do we base our happiness on? What gives us joy? For Haman, he delighted in the praise and honor of others. He wanted to be he center of attention and when he was, he was happy. When he wasn’t he was angry and his emotions flipped that quickly. We must be careful that we are not the same way. If we base our joy on earthly circumstances, then our joy will come and go depending on the circumstances, which can change pretty quickly in this world. If we base our joy on God, who is constant and never-changing, then we will find much greater peace and stability. What gives us joy in our life?

RESPONSE:

Father, don’t allow me to base my joy on any of the temporal and changing things that come through my life. I will search for joy and meaning only in You. You give me meaning and I will find constant joy in You, no matter my circumstances.

Christian Devotional – September 1, 2014

Read Esther chapter 4

VERSE:

Esther 4:13–he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.”

TRUTH:

Who or what do we trust for our security? When we are faced with difficult circumstances, do we trust in our situation or surroundings to save us, or do we trust and rely on God? It can be difficult to do, but only God is over every situation and circumstance. The very safest place for each one of us to be is exactly in the middle of God’s will, for when we are there, we are perfectly in His protection for Him to do with us as He desires.

RESPONSE:

Father, You are my protection. You are my safety and shelter. I will not be scared of anything that You are leading me into. I will rest in You and know that You are the safest place for me to be.

Christian Devotional – August 31, 2014

Read Esther chapter 3

VERSE:

Esther 3:5–When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.

TRUTH:

Oh, the fury of an ego scorned. Haman had huge pride and he wanted everyone to honor him. Mordecai would only bow down to God, and that infuriated Haman. Are we so worried about what others think of us that we feel anger toward others who don’t feed our ego? We are to be point others toward God, not ourselves.

RESPONSE:

Father, keep my ego focused on You only. I only want to hear from You and I only want to exalt You, not myself. Keep me focused on You today. I don’t want to kneel down to myself or anyone else but You.

Christian Devotional – August 30, 2014

Read Esther chapter 2

VERSE:

Esther 2:9–She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.

TRUTH:

Esther was in a difficult position. She was forcibly taken to the palace, yet she kept a sweet spirit about her so that she was seen and remembered and favored by all those around her, even the other servants. When we find ourselves in difficult situation, how do we respond? Do we maintain a positive and humble spirit that reflects our relationship with God, or are we bitter and angry and then display those attitudes for all to see?

RESPONSE:

Father, You are the only constant in the various situations of my life. I will rest in You and hope in You, not matter what the circumstances of my life look like each day.

Christian Devotional – August 29, 2014

Read Esther chapter 1

VERSE:

Esther 1:17–For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’

TRUTH:

Every decision we make has far-reaching consequences. For Queen Vashti, she madeĀ a decision to not obey the king, but the advisors were more worried about that decision affecting the rest of the kingdom. We don’t know the reason that Vashti chose to disobey, but we see the result. Do we consider the far-reaching results of the choices we make?

RESPONSE:

Father, help me to be obedient to You in all things knowing that both my obedience and my disobedience are like stones in a pond that create ripples. Give me wisdom in how I respond in every situation so my impact will be positive no matter how far it reaches.