Date with Destiny
Esther took spiritual warfare to a different level; she was righteously motivated to serve God by using her key place of influence to deal with evil. However she did not simply battle evil in the here and now, rather she had a future perspective that gave her the insight to extinguish the evil legacy in Haman’s family. (Esther 9:13) We can benefit from Esther’s example by understanding the importance of having no tolerance for evil. We have to deal with immediate evil and the legacy of evil – the potential for dormant evil to rear its head in our lives at a later time. For example, in the Old Testament, King Saul was given commands to utterly destroy the enemies of the Lord yet he spared king Agag and kept the best of the spoil (1 Samuel15:8-9). Since Saul never dealt with the evil king Agag, God had to take care of that and Saul lost his anointing due to this disobedience. (1 Samuel 15:26).
Whenever God gets rid of evil, and demonstrates His providence, He is interested in highlighting His glory. Now the Jews glorify God by celebrating the feast of Purim. Purim comes from the word Pur, which was the word Haman used when referring to “rolling the dice,” in order to decide a date of destruction for the Jews. While Haman selected a date on which he intended to do evil, God turned this very date into a celebration for God’s people. He took what was meant for evil and turned it into a good (Genesis 50:20). This lesson was then taught to their children so that generations could reflect on God’s providential influence and perfect timing. Our personal date with destiny should also result in a celebration of God’s providence. Our destiny should always give us a reason to praise Him. He moves providentially on our behalf in ways that impact generations to come. We are to remember when He has providentially come through for us, even if we’ve had battles along the way. He shows that He is God by letting us get backed into a corner in which His perfect timing reverses the natural course of things.
- Has God ever surprised you by creating a total reversal of outcomes in your own life?
- In this message we learn that the Jews glorified God by remembering their deliverance through the fest of Purim. In what ways do you pass down the story of God’s providence to those around you? What mechanism can you set up in your life in order to continuously remember God’s works?
- What evil have you not completely dealt with in your life? What should you do in order to stop the legacy of sin?
- In what ways must you seek to engage in spiritual warfare as God providentially works in your life?
- How has this series expanded your view of God? How do you see His providential hand working in your life?
- Want to go deeper? Take time to look at the follow passages: Ephesians 6:10-18; Psalm 23:5; James 4:7-10; Jeremiah 18:4 Exodus 17:8-16; 2 Peter 2:6; John 3:14-15.
Esther: Pathway to Purpose
Part 5: Date With Destiny
Part 4: Divine Reversals
Part 3: Divine Coincidences
Part 2: For Such A Time As This
Part 1: Seeing the Invisible Hand
U Turn: Reversing Your Consequences
Part 12: Reversing Demonic Consequences
Part 11: Reversing Idolatrous Consequences
Part 10: Reversing Sexual Consequences
Part 9: Reversing Anxiety Consequences
Part 8: Reversing Financial Consequences
Part 7: Reversing Addiction Consequences
Part 6: Reversing Discrimination Consequences
Part 5: Reversing Generational Consequences
Part 4: Reversing Irreversible Consequences
Part 3: Reversing Incurable Consequences
Part 2: Reversing Spiritual Consequences
Part 1: The Key to Your Reversal
Part 1: Why Sin Matters
Part 2: The Strategy of Satan
Part 3: Sin’s Deathtrap
Part 4: Sowing & Reaping
Part 5: Understanding the Passive Wrath of God
Part 6: Free to Choose
Part 1: The Key to Becoming an Overcomer
Part 2: The Priority of an Overcomer
Part 3: The Faithfulness of an Overcomer
Part 4: The Conviction of an Overcomer
Part 5: The Intolerance of an Overcomer
Part 6: The Commitment of an Overcomer
Part 7: The Obedience of an Overcomer
Part 8: The Authenticity of an Overcomer
Finding God’s Direction for Your Life
The Unpredictable Path of Faith
Mother’s Who Believed God
Say “Thank You”
It Ain't Over
Waiting on God
Be Careful How You Build