Last week we looked at ourselves and ask God to reveal to us what is holding us back from becoming His true bride.

We are going to really dig in this week, starting with our foundation. I want to take you through a book in the Bible we all know very well, and that is the book of Esther.

This will be a three-part mini-series which I think you will really enjoy! Let’s start at the beginning, Hadassah (which would later change to Esther to hide her identity as a Jew) was a orphan and her uncle Mordecai took her in and raised her. She grew up to be a beautiful, honourable young woman. The king of Shushan king Ahasuerus, decided to have a royal feast for all of Shushan for seven days after the 180 days of celebration with guests like princess and princesses. (Esther 1:1-9)

Take note: The seven days of the royal feast for ALL of Shushan is a lot like the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:6-9)

We all know the rest of the story where queen Vashti refused to come before the king and his guests, so she was exiled out of Shushan because she did not perform the commandment of the king Ahasuerus. Her royal position was to be given to a worthier queen. (Esther 1:15-22)

Take note: She didn’t follow the commandment of king Ahasuerus, a lot like how we don’t follow the ten commandments of God. Her royal position was to be given to a worthier queen (bride of Christ).

This is where we are going to stop for now, can you see how the book of Esther isn’t just a story of one woman that changed the fate of her people, but a story of how our relationship is with God? As we continue with our mini-series you will begin to see how the story of Esther will change the way you look at yourself and God. Vashti chose to disobey the commandment of the king and she had to pay for her actions.

Think about what you do and say, how will that effect the people around you?

PRACTICAL

In Deuteronomy 10:12-22 we see that we should fear God, walk in God’s ways, love God, serve God whole-heartedly, keep God’s commandments. Are we following any of these? I want to encourage you to go and read the ten commandments again and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a deeper understanding.

Vashti’s actions caused a huge ripple effect not just in her life but in the kingdom as well. There is a very important lesson we can learn from Vashti, the fact that she refused to come before the king shows me that she may have thought that she was above the law. Maybe she had a lot of authority and she misused it, she saw herself as equal to the king. How many times do we think we are above the law and even sometimes equal to God?

We want everything done our way and not God’s way.

CHALLENGE

Your challenge for this week is to print the following “bookmark” and listen to what the people around you are talking about and if you see the need to pray for someone go to them ask them if you can pray for them, it doesn’t have to be in person but just to let them know that you listened to what they were saying and you are praying for them.

Get involved in their live and SERVE, if you can help, help them. Write a prayer down for them on the bookmark and place it in your Bible where the Holy Spirit leads you. When your prayer gets answered write it down.

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