The Esther Challenge
Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God’s name. Don’t believe me, read Esther for yourself! Interestingly enough, there is no denying God’s presence in the book, and in Esther’s life. How do we know this? The life that Esther lived, the decisions she made, the way she carried herself, and her faith all reflected a God that she had a deep and personal relationship with. Her relationship with God was so infectious that those around her would surrender to Him, His will, and would pray with her even though they had never had a God Encounter.
Esther 2:10 tells us she kept her identity a secret, and vs 15 let’s us know that the king’s eunuchs knew that there was something special about her. Her relationship with God, her love for him, radiated out of her and caused those in her presence to respect her, find favour with her, and reverence God.
Today from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, we will intentionally show God’s love and create a loving environment without mentioning His name. Allow your actions, your language, your interactions with your co-workers, family and friends to reflect your very personal, intimate, and growing relationship with God. We live in a world where the mention of God’s name turns non-christians off, yet we are still expected to minister to these individuals and bring them to the cross. What better way to do this then to physically show God’s love through you to them. Incorporate how you are obedient to God’s law, how you love on others, as well as remembering how to love others using their love language, as a way to show God’s agape love through you to them all while ceasing to mention His name.
Make Time for God
Join us as we pray at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM & 6 PM. Corporate Prayer is at 8 PM.
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Verses for Meditation
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the SpiritGalatians 5:25
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens mePhilippians 4:13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.1 Peter 1:22
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.1 John 3:14
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.John 13:35
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.Luke 6:32-36
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