You are born into this world and will probably never know to whose prayers your life is the answer.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Okay, I know, I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this…
But since I write about things that I deal with here goes! (I’m prepared to duck, by the way!) This is something the Lord has recently reminded me: The Eye Gate and Achan.
Do you remember the story in the book of Joshua about Achan? The Lord had given specific instructions considering Jericho including what to do afterwards; they were not to take any spoils of war. When the Israelites went into the next battle, they suffered a great loss which should have been an easy victory. Joshua rent his clothes and inquired of the Lord to find out happened. God revealed the problem and what needed to be done to make things right. Achan had seen things that were quite nice in Jericho and helped himself to those choice items. He hid them in his tent, his delightful possessions. When Joshua found out what Achan had hidden away, he ordered Achan and his whole family to die, according to God’s instructions. Achan died because he saw.
Now this story has many messages but the one that means so much to me is Achan’s problem was what he saw. His sin came through the Eye Gate; what he saw, he had to have. He coveted so much it cost him his own life and his family. Today, when we walk by what we see, we can be led into areas of sin and away from God. We start to lust after the things of the world. We begin to compare ourselves with others, wanting to have what they have. Soon we are discontent with our lives and what God has given us, maybe even desiring to exchange lives with someone else. We may take measures to have those things. Sometimes we do whatever it is to have them! This may cause terrific devastation in our lives and those we love.
Throughout the bible we are admonished to hear the Lord. It is by hearing our faith grows- not when we walk by sight. Our vision should be steadfast on the Lord, not looking to the things of this world and its possessions. This life is temporary but eternity is forever. What awaits us is far better than anything we can be Pinning or Pining for.
Refuse to be Achan!
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
She probably never realized the importance of her life until that moment. Here a beautiful woman once thought as ordinary, now royalty, throwing herself to the ground in humility. Praying, asking, begging for the deliverance of her people and ultimately herself. After 3 days of petitioning the King of the Universe in fasting, petitioning her husband the King of Persia, the death of an evil man, Esther finds herself petitioning once more. Standing now in the presence of the King she is beseeching for another letter to be written. This time it is for her deliverance.
Esther is like all of us at one time or another; a soul in need of deliverance. Whether we are lost, abandoned, sick, poor, bound we can have the favor we seek and deliverance we need. It is freedom written by the King. This Word, written in 66 books or letters, has set us free from certain death and destruction.
Esther is not only a story of deliverance for the Jewish people, whom I dearly love; it also is a reminder of our own deliverance as we choose to embrace it. Grace has delivered us. This day let me encourage you to read the powerful story of Esther and reflect in Heavens deliverance.
Your deliverance has already been written… receive it!
Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?” Esther 8: 5-6
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.