When the king saw Esther's beauty, he was attracted to her more than any of the other women. So she won his approval and was chosen as Queen Vashti's successor (Esther 2:17)
Esther was known to be the fairest of maidens and when she approached the king,she won his favour because of her ultimate obedience to her God .The strength in Esther is truly the undeniable success that God had bestowed over her for “such a time as this”.
God was the finality of her life , the author and perfector of her faith . When Esther was harshly summoned to the king , God was present .When Esther was being prepared for the king , God was present .When Esther stood before the king , God was present. When Esther became queen , God was present . When Haman was planning the ultimate annihilation of the Jews, God was present and Esther was prepared, standing and available.
Fair maidens , young woman , each of you are standing and being prepared for ‘such a time as this .’ The boldness , confidence and overcoming heart of Esther embodied in the obedience to the one true God reveals to us a strength that annihilated the enemy and set God’s people free.
Trials show forth a woman of God , temptation proves not . So in all of your circumstances , in all of your hurt and pain , show forth the beauty of God and he will turn your ashes into beauty. Esther was a dead woman walking when she dared to appear before the king without being summoned. If I perish , I perish . Wow, that is the heart of a woman with a destiny , the heart of a woman who was prepared to sacrifice herself for the sake of others . A woman that walked through the laws that bound her , a woman that walked through the murmuring that accused her , a woman that walked through the halls that condemned her but yet she still walked .
Ladies , keep walking for only when you are ready to be nothing , will God raise you up to shine for his glory. What’s holding you back , a bad childhood , a broken home , a rejected heart , poverty , unemployment , lack of respect , hurtful gossip , painful relationships , whatever it may be ,God is present and on your side. He walked this road before you and now he is leading you down it.
You are not alone and his grace is sufficient for you. I know this may not seem like much now and many of you are hurt beyond the unimaginable but be sure that ‘Sufficient’ is all you need right now to be encouraged to continue.
Give God the ashes of your life and watch the magnificent transformation of a yielded life in Christ that will bring forth abundant blessings , special favour and fresh revelations of God’s power. God and you are the majority and with him on your side , the battle is won and the victory is yours.
Be like Esther , a dead woman walking .Dead to the flesh and its own desires , alive in the spirit and rich in destiny and purpose.Declare yourself to be a woman of purpose and destiny.A woman of completion , a woman of integrity , a woman of substance and above all , a woman of God. No man , relationship , wealth or dream must complete you , only Christ can. Let Jesus be your finality , completion and restorer .
"But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith The Lord of hosts" (Malachi 4:1-3 KJV)
God’s word spells out victory to those that fear his name for he will grant us the power to tread over the wicked and they will be as nothing but ashes under the soles of our feet.
What can God do with us when we are run down,burnt out and even left as nothing,he can receive the aroma of our sacrifcial life,delight in the essence of a repentant heart and still bring out his beauty so that we will live in victory.Even at the last breath you have and even when your heart fainted within you,give him your ashes and he will turn it into beauty.
Reign in splendour ladies , walk in beauty and let the lifter of your head receive the Glory as you stand out as Christ’s shining star. The sceptre is extended and the king is asking, “What is your request?”
God bless you.
Father, in the matchless name of Jesus, take my life and let me reign in splendour as you lead me down this journey of life. Because you live, I can face tomorrow .Let the beauty of Christ be revealed in me as I walk daily in victory. Let my life be a yielded, completed sacrifice of love to you daily. Let me continue in your sufficiency and grace .In Jesus name I ask it. Amen
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