God’s Version of Girl Power – Pt. 3 – Esther

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Finally my favorite woman in scripture – Esther. You want to know what true girl power looks like, read Esther. I remember when I first really understood what Esther was all about – it was when I watched a movie. Watching the movie encouraged me to read the whole book (which is small and doesn’t take long) and I was hooked. I was convinced this is the type of woman I want to be.

I want to be the kind of woman that conducts her life with humility and strength.  A woman that seeks after God FIRST and then follows Gods path regardless of what I think the outcome might be. I want to be the kind of person who trusts God over top of what man might say or do.

I wish I could go into details about Esther but reading it would far outweigh anything I could say. To make it short, Esther (a Jew) ended up queen of Persia (a non-Jewish “state”) and saved her people from total annihilation at the risk of her own life. Her most famous quote when she had to go into the King to speak with him without permission (even the queen wasn’t allowed to go into the kings presence without being summoned), was the following:

Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  Esther 4:16

She didn’t come to this decision lightly, in fact, when Mordecai first told her of Haman’s plot to kill the Jewish people, she sent message to remind him she couldn’t go into the king’s presence without risking death. Fear came upon her. He then sent the following back to her:

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:13-14

This is the kind of “girl power” I want to posses. The kind of power that only comes from above. The kind of power that comes with being obedient to my heavenly Father. The kind of power that comes from prayer and fasting. Truthfully, I don’t want girl power at all – I want God power given to me through the Holy Spirit because of the sacrifice Jesus made at Calvary. Honestly, that is the only true power!

Thank you for joining me and learning about a couple women from scripture and learning how in today’s society what they consider “girl power” is not power at all.  The power we see working through Debra the Judge and Esther the Queen is power from on high. Thank you Lord for that “power power wonder working power in the blood of the lamb!”

 

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How did I get here?

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BY ELLEN SUTLIFF & CANDIE BALDRIDGE

Have you ever woken up and said, “how did I get here?” At one time or another we all have. Maybe because we find ourselves in a situation that just a few years ago we would have NEVER thought we would be. Maybe it was because other people did things that ultimately affected our life. Regardless, we have all been at that place in our lives where we have looked in the mirror wondering how we are where we are and wondering how we are going to get out.

There are addicts that wake up most mornings asking this same question; how did I get here? These can be people who are addicted to work, money, drugs, pornography, sexual activities, drinking, or violence. Those things that take over the body, mind, and soul to a point where without it, they are in withdrawal. People who find themselves in this situation don’t start out their life headed down this road. It all starts with, “I can handle this and just try it once.” It quickly turns into, “I need more so I will do whatever it takes.”

These are addictions satan uses to oppress and keep people in bondage. Our enemy takes advantage of our natural man. He uses those three areas in which to tempt and if this person doesn’t have the Spirit living within them, this is all they know.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

As Christians, we need to ask ourselves, “Am I spiritually asleep and unaware of what’s going on around me; Am I so consumed with my own life and problems that I don’t want to recognize other people’s problems?” Or are we those who have no compassion for people in this situation? I know that as for us, both of us have thought to ourselves a time or two, “If that person really cared about their children and their family, they would straighten up and get their life together.” That is until addiction hit close to home. I think it is important for us to remember this verse:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

We need to be bearing these burdens in prayer. We need to have compassion for those who find themselves in the grip of addiction. Does that mean we say it’s okay – of course not. Does that mean we enable them to continue in their addiction – NO! But does that mean we mark them off as unlovable and not worth our time? NO! People who are in the grips of bondage need Jesus; no matter what situation in which they find themselves. We are called to love them.

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is , Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31

The children of God must wake up from their spiritual sleep and have a burden for the lost and for those brothers and sisters in the Lord who find themselves in these places of addiction. We need to show the love of Jesus and show them that the hole in their lives they are trying to fill with their drug of choice should be filled with the Spirit of God.

Are you asking yourself how your loved one got to where they are? Are you tired of being the friend who always picks up the pieces? Or maybe you are that person who has just given up on your loved one and has no more compassion for their situation. Might we encourage you to keep praying. Lift them up to the greatest healer – Jesus.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

 

Ellen Sutliff is a 52 year old pastor’s wife and a mother. In her congregation she has people with family members in the throws of addiction. She has old friends with people who are homeless and living in the woods because of addiction. Ellen has family who are slowly losing their lives to addiction. She has chosen to fight the good fight in prayer for those who struggle with these strongholds. “How did I get here? By the love, mercy and grace of God. He filled my heart with my Lord Jesus!”

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