Esther 7:3 Pleading For Life

Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O King, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” Esther 7:3

Everyone loves life and freedom. No one desires to be held captive or have their life in danger of being killed. Nor does anyone like their fellow citizens with them to have their life threatened in any way. When lives are being threatened, there are some people who will stand up and plead for their lives and the lives of others.

Esther asks the king to spare her life and the lives of her people, because Haman was threatening to exterminate them.

In every nation around there are always some people whose lives are physically threatened. Some are on a daily basis. Some are also threatened directly because of their belief in God. However, many never have their lives physically threatened by anyone.

Yet, even without a direct physical threat the majority of people have their lives being threatened with death every day. All around the world sin is being promoted as good, encouraging people to participate in sinful activities as though those activities are good for them.

Although most of these activities do not actually kill anyone immediately, every one of these activities kill the soul of a person and continue to push them towards eternal death. Anyone who stands up for Godly principles of living is considered one who hates others and does not want to live life.

Believers are to stand up for God’s ways of living. They need to plead before God for their own lives and the lives of others. God is willing to forgive and give life to those who repent and believe in Jesus for their salvation.

Satan and the world are out to steal, kill and destroy your life in any way that they can. Your life and the lives of those around you are being threatened by the world.

Run to God and plead with Him for your life. Seek His strength and protection to overcome sin and the temptations to sin against Him. Seek that same protection for all those whom you know.

Hold on to the salvation that Jesus provides for you. Know that God is for you and not against you when you seek Him with all of your heart. He will hear your cry for help.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the things threatening your life; that God will help you see how the lives of others are being threatened; that you will seek God’s protection and salvation for you and others; and that you will see God’s hand of favor upon your life.

2 Kings 25:21 Brought Into Captivity

There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land. 2 Kings 25:21

All throughout history various nations or groups of people have invaded the lands of other nations or groups of people. As they did this, they would conquer the nation and put many people into captivity. Those that were captured were bound up to force them to obey the new leadership and many placed in prisons or prison camps. Often those who rebelled against the new leadership were killed.

Nebuchadnezzar went into and captured all of Judah. Many were killed and the nation of Judah was placed in captivity outside of their land.

Out of the massive numbers of people and nations around the world very few will actually be brought into captivity by being overrun by another nation or group of people. Although most people are never physically captured, the majority go into captivity on a regular basis by their own personal choices.

Instead of being bound up in physical prisons, people are bound up in captivity to sin. In choosing to reject God and His ways of living, people choose to live their own way and sin against God. To many this feels like freedom, a freedom of choice to do what one wants.

Freedom in this way is short-lived. It brings pleasure for only a very short amount of time, but always ends up in captivity of death. True life and joy will always escape them. The more a person sins, the more he is bound up to sin, which ultimately leads to death.

Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to bring true freedom and true life. Turning away from sin and believing in and following Jesus breaks the captivity to sin and allows a person to live without captivity.

God has provided a life that is free from captivity and death for you. It is filled with purpose and a joy that the world cannot understand and will last for eternity.

Do not allow yourself to be captivated by the sin of this fallen world. Repent of any sins and turn from them to Jesus who has provided forgiveness and a new life for you. Flee the bondage to sin and death and take on the holiness, righteousness and life that Jesus provides.

Have you been set free? Or are you a bound captive?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live your life for God; that God will give you strength to flee the bondage of sin; that turn from sinful living to living for God; and that you will be free to live the life God has for you.

2 Kings 20:1 Are You Ready To Die?

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 2 Kings 20:1

For most people they do not want to think about the concept of death. Thinking about death brings about fear for many because they do not know what to expect. Very few people are ready to die and would be very terrified if they knew exactly when they would be dying. They live only in the moment.

King Hezekiah had become ill and was near death. Isaiah told him that God said he would die, so he must get his house put in order.

All over the world there are people who have sickness that are leading to death. They have received the report from the doctor that they are going to die and there is nothing more than can be done to stop it.

At the moment they receive this information, many will begin to get their things in order to be ready to die. Focus is often placed upon getting a will put in place and saying final goodbyes to family and friends. Some will turn to God during this time and strive to get right with God.

Doing all of this works for those that have advance notice of death. However, there are also many people who leave in the morning and die that day due to a sudden accident or health problem. They have no notice and no extra time to prepare for death.

Believers must be ready at all times for death. Life must be lived believing in the work of Jesus and repenting of all sin, striving to live a life of holiness in the righteousness of Jesus.

You may have some sickness that is revealing you may die soon, or you may not. Either way there is coming a day in which you will die.

Instead of going through life as though you may never die, live for God. Keep your house in order that you are ready to die and be with God for eternity.

Jesus has provided the way to have eternal life, but you must accept it and live in it. Do not allow your house to be messy and unprepared for death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be ready to die and meet with God; that you will live life following God’s ways; that God will strengthen you to turn from sin and live for Him; and that you will face death with a joy of getting to be with God for eternity.