CONSEQUENCE OF DISOBEDIENCE



Scripture: Judges 2:1-5

“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you, but they shall be thorns on your side, and their God shall be a snare unto you” Judges 2:3 (NKJV)

The Bible says “he who is often reproved but refuses to listen will be destroyed suddenly, without any remedy. (Prov. 29:1). This is the consequence of refusing to obey God. This is because God will not often strive with man and may let go when we refuse to submit to his will.

LET YOUR GIFTS BENEFIT OTHERS


Scripture: Judges 14:19-20

“And He gave...for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit has deposited in every Christian talents and gifts. These gifts only make meaning when they are used to impact others positively. It is crucial to use our good gifts to build and grow the church of Christ.

God, in his infinite wisdom, has distributed varying gifts to us as he sees fit so that together we can bring his kingdom to bear on earth (1 Cor. 12:1).

GOD’S RESTORATION POWER

Scripture: Esther 9:1-14

“For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.” Esther 9:4 (KJV)

The events around which our lives are woven are subject to God’s control. God sometimes permits pain, but he is able to transform the pain into joy as we rely fully on Him

Mordecai endured the loss of relatives and homeland. He had to adopt his cousin Esther and brought her up as his own daughter.

THE GRAND PURIM

Scripture: Esther 9:20-32

 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17 (NIV)

Purim is a Hebrew word meaning to cast lots. It signifies the day Haman had chosen based on the lots to wipe out the Jews. His plans were aborted by God after the Jews had sought the face of God. Their evil plan against God’s children became their personal experience.

BE INFORMED

Scripture: Esther 4:5-14

 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”. Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)

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The need for information is very crucial in everything we do in life. Information is the building block for knowledge. With knowledge and understanding comes wisdom which is the principal thing (Prov. 4:7). God rejects those who reject knowledge (Hos. 4:6).

POWER OF FASTING AND PRAYER







Scripture: Esther 4:10-16

 "Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16 (NIV)
Fasting with prayers is a spiritual exercise believers undertake that helps to physically tune the spirit above the flesh. Fasting and prayers engages and empowers the spirit.

Esther risked her life when she came before king Xerxes in his inner court to plead for the lives of Mordecai and the entire Jewish nation.

DO NOT HIDE THE PROBLEM




Scripture: Esther 4:1-4

 Rebuke a wise man and he will love thee.” Proverbs 9:8b (KJV)

Every human being desires to be accepted, loved and respected in their environment. This need for acceptance, most times, drives us into presenting what we believe to be ‘acceptable’ behaviour or attitude. In a bid to display our ‘good’ side, we tend to hide what we consider our ‘bad’ side.

Esther naturally tried to cover up the ‘unacceptable’ appearance of Mordecai by sending him some fresh clothes