Day 9/10 – Esther’s Submission

Obedience to Christ  – John 14:21 (ESV)  “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:21

“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.”   Charles Spurgeon

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This daily devotion contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (#1 above),  Daily Quote (#2 above): and, below: Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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Esther’s Submission

Day Two Hundred Fifty-three

“The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”  Esther 2:17

Mordecai the Jew remained in Babylon after the faithful people of God returned to the Promised Land under Nehemiah and Ezra.  We cannot know for sure, but his remaining behind calls into question the depth of his commitment to the promises of God to the Jews.  Mordecai, foster father to Esther, his uncle’s daughter, entered her into a beauty contest as a non-Jew.   Esther prepared for a one-night affair with king Ahasuerus, and if he did not delight in her, she had to spend the remainder of her life in his harem, possibly never seeing him again.

Esther’s response teaches that God honors a submissive, teachable spirit rather than rebellion and self-promotion.  In this respect Esther and Vashti are a study in contrasts.  Vashti, the original queen, was willful and refused to submit to the wishes of her husband, bringing about her demise.

No matter how noble your cause, God does not condone rebellion.  This does not mean that you must be passive in the face of evil.  But this is different from rebellion and independence, a difference found in the attitude.  You are hard­ pressed to justify biblically Mordecai’s behavior, but if the book of Esther teaches anything, it tells us that God honors the spirit and behavior of Esther.

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Proverbs 8-9 2 Corinthians 3 (New King James Version)

Proverbs 8-9

The Excellence of Wisdom

Does not wisdom cry out,

And understanding lift up her voice?

She takes her stand on the top of the [a]high hill,

Beside the way, where the paths meet.

She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,

At the entrance of the doors:

“To you, O men, I call,

And my voice isto the sons of men.

O you [b]simple ones, understand prudence,

And you fools, be of an understanding heart.

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,

And from the opening of my lips will comeright things;

For my mouth will speak truth;

Wickedness isan abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth arewith righteousness;

Nothing crooked or perverse isin them.

They areall plain to him who understands,

And right to those who find knowledge.

10 

Receive my instruction, and not silver,

And knowledge rather than choice gold;

11 

For wisdom isbetter than rubies,

And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

12 

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,

And find out knowledge anddiscretion.

13 

The fear of the Lord isto hate evil;

Pride and arrogance and the evil way

And the perverse mouth I hate.

14 

Counsel ismine, and sound wisdom;

amunderstanding, I have strength.

15 

By me kings reign,

And rulers decree justice.

16 

By me princes rule, and nobles,

All the judges of [c]the earth.

17 

I love those who love me,

And those who seek me diligently will find me.

18 

Riches and honor arewith me,

Enduring riches and righteousness.

19 

My fruit isbetter than gold, yes, than fine gold,

And my revenue than choice silver.

20 

I [d]traverse the way of righteousness,

In the midst of the paths of justice,

21 

That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,

That I may fill their treasuries.

22 

“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,

Before His works of old.

23 

I have been established from everlasting,

From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.

24 

When there wereno depths I was brought forth,

When there wereno fountains abounding with water.

25 

Before the mountains were settled,

Before the hills, I was brought forth;

26 

While as yet He had not made the earth or the [e]fields,

Or the [f]primal dust of the world.

27 

When He prepared the heavens, I wasthere,

When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,

28 

When He established the clouds above,

When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,

29 

When He assigned to the sea its limit,

So that the waters would not transgress His command,

When He marked out the foundations of the earth,

30 

Then I was beside Him as[g]a master craftsman;

And I was daily Hisdelight,

Rejoicing always before Him,

31 

Rejoicing in His inhabited world,

And my delight waswith the sons of men.

32 

“Now therefore, listen to me, mychildren,

For blessed are those whokeep my ways.

33 

Hear instruction and be wise,

And do not disdain it.

34 

Blessed is the man who listens to me,

Watching daily at my gates,

Waiting at the posts of my doors.

35 

For whoever finds me finds life,

And obtains favor from the Lord;

36 

But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;

All those who hate me love death.”

The Way of Wisdom

Wisdom has built her house,

She has hewn out her seven pillars;

She has slaughtered her meat,

She has mixed her wine,

She has also [h]furnished her table.

She has sent out her maidens,

She cries out from the highest places of the city,

“Whoever issimple, let him turn in here!”

As forhim who lacks understanding, she says to him,

“Come, eat of my bread

And drink of the wine I have mixed.

Forsake foolishness and live,

And go in the way of understanding.

“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,

And he who rebukes a wicked man onlyharms himself.

Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;

Rebuke a wise man,and he will love you.

Give instructionto a wise man,and he will be still wiser;

Teach a just man,and he will increase in learning.

10 

“The fear of the Lord isthe beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One isunderstanding.

11 

For by me your days will be multiplied,

And years of life will be added to you.

12 

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,

And ifyou scoff, you will bear italone.”

The Way of Folly

13 

A foolish woman is [i]clamorous;

She issimple, and knows nothing.

14 

For she sits at the door of her house,

On a seat bythe highest places of the city,

15 

To call to those who pass by,

Who go straight on their way:

16 

“Whoever is[j]simple, let him turn in here”;

And as forhim who lacks understanding, she says to him,

17 

“Stolen water is sweet,

And bread eatenin secret is pleasant.”

18 

But he does not know that the dead arethere,

Thather guests arein the depths of [k]hell.

Footnotes:

  • Proverbs 8:2 Lit. heights
  • Proverbs 8:5 naive
  • Proverbs 8:16 MT, Syr., Tg., Vg. righteousness;LXX, Bg., some mss. and editions earth
  • Proverbs 8:20 walk about on
  • Proverbs 8:26 outer places
  • Proverbs 8:26 Lit. beginning of the dust
  • Proverbs 8:30 A Jewish tradition one brought up
  • Proverbs 9:2 arranged
  • Proverbs 9:13 boisterous
  • Proverbs 9:16 naive
  • Proverbs 9:18 Or Sheol

2 Corinthians 3

Christ’s Epistle

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or lettersof commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is,of the heart.

The Spirit, Not the Letter

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as beingfrom ourselves, but our sufficiency isfrom God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the [a]Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Glory of the New Covenant

But if the ministry of death, written andengraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glorywas passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation hadglory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 11 For if what is passing away wasglorious, what remains ismuch more glorious.

12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, whoput a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veilis taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there isliberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as [b]by the Spirit of the Lord.

Footnotes:

  • 2 Corinthians 3:6 Or spirit
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Or from the Lord, the Spirit

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please pray for Lisa Greene who is having both her hips replaced… Pray for her surgeon and her quickly for coverage and that God will be seen in her.  

Praise Report: Jerome Hugo’s mother, Vicki, who collapsed recently has fully recovered.

Please Pray for Brother Lance going through perilous times. Pray he would let God’s strength and peace show through his weakness and his testimony be a Blessing to many. 

Please Pray for our unSaved family members and those around us that we have relationships with.  Or, is that you? … Have questions &/or need Prayer?… If yes, please reply or call (702) 592-4098. 

Please Pray for family members and those relationships around you who say they are Saved, but their lives don’t show it. And, if that’s happens to be you, the Holy Spirit can change you into a New Creation, Christ in you… but, you must totally surrender everything to Him. (As long as you think you can do it on your own, He’ll let you; and, you will fail.) … Have questions &/or need Prayer?… If yes, please reply or call (702) 592-4098. 

Please continue to Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sins that are drowning us. Lukewarmness, abortion, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, rebellion, covetousness, etc.  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.   

II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

… AND YET, God is Sovereign and has called us to live in such a time as this and to be His Light in the darkness… to give Hope to some. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Please Pray for Brother Robert. Robert says He has a Calling to establish a Church. His Prayer request is “… that God puts together a really amazing ministry team. I see it in the Scriptures. There were ministers, elders, deacons. Those seem to be three different categories of the people serving the body. It seems like that was the simple order they had set up. But it was a spiritual thing that would function through the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer request would be that the Lord puts together the ministry team in what I feel Him asking me to be a part of.”

Please Pray for Mark H. Update: He hadhas a blood clot in his leg removed.  Pray for God’s Healing and undeniable Touch on Mark’s life.  

Please continue to keep Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico in our Prayers. This Sister and her family, in a short time period, have been hit with a more tragedies (persecutions) than most of us have in our entire life time…  the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children. And, recently, her modest home (a shack by any American standard) was burnt to the ground. …Her neighbor’s house caught fire and due to the closeness of her home, it caught fire, too.  Brothers & Sisters, please Pray for God’s Holy touch on Fabiola and her family. 

Please continue to Pray for Geo, a banker, who was deployed by the military to the Mideast. Pray God would keep him safe and that God would bring Geo closer to Him; and, that Geo would share God with all his company and those who come in contact with him. 

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I’ve been told by one Geo’s co-workers, Lorraine Flores, who says she considers Geo a son, that the day Geo was deployed to the Mideast, his girlfriend delivered his new baby. Please Pray Geo would Walk in God’s Light and be a Godly husband and father. And, please Pray for Geo’s family. (Also, please Pray for both Lorraine Flores and her biological son that was deployed the same day as Geo, but to Africa.)

Please continue to Pray for Brother David Porter’s friend’s son, Giovanni (18yrs old). Pray for God’s Salvation, Strength, Healing, and Peace in Giovanni.

Please continue to Pray for Brother Mark Pedder, a missionary in the Philippines. Please Pray for Mark, Mark’s wife for strength in their trials, tribulations and persecution. 

Please continue to Pray for Gemma that she be delivered from evil and receive Jesus as her Savior. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt to be reconciled with his son and his son’s family. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother John LaPorte’s roommate, Brother Freddy, whose commitment to Christ caused his wife to separate from him for 6 years. The couple have 2 daughters. Both parents has stayed single all this time of separation… Within the recent past, it appears his wife, Arlene, has been Saved and the couple are beginning their reconciliation process. They are planning to reunite the family again under one roof in the next few months.  Please Pray for their total reconciliation with God at their helm. 

Please continue to Pray for a group of well-known Southern Nevada commercial real estate brokers and associates recently in a one-car accident. The occupants had all been drinking alcohol.  One passenger died leaving 3 young daughters, one suffered serious head trauma, two had mild trauma, and the driver has been charged.  Please Pray for the driver and all those effected by this tragedy …that God would direct their eyes to Him, The King of Mercy, Grace and Salvation. 

Please continue Pray for our President and ALL our government leaders of both parties. Pray they would submit their authority to His Authority and ask for His Wisdom in directing the affairs of our nation.  Please Pray that God would open their eyes and they would be obedient to His Will. 

Please  continue to Pray for Brother Frank Sun, a Taiwanese, that owns several businesses in China and Taiwan.  Please Pray Frank will be bold in his sharing Christ in his companies and that he will be faithful to disciple the new Believers.  

AND, let each of us use Frank’s example and share the Love and Salvation of Jesus to our coworkers, employees, family, friends and acquaintances  … Invest in the Eternal!

Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.

Please continue to Pray for the Women’s Pro-Life ministries in Las Vegas that they would lead women to the Lord and continue to assist in saving babies’ lives. 

Please continue to Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

Please continue to Pray for Dave Ubank and his family. They are ministering and rescuing children and families in Syria directly affected by ISIS – Pray for their protection and their ministry.  For a short 2 minute video about Ubanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_htIgIvgDM[/embedyt

Please continue to Pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!  

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr.

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith. 

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Please stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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