January 15, 2023 Verse Of The Day

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.

Nehemiah 12:43 Can They Hear You Rejoicing?

Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off. Nehemiah 12: 43

There are times of great rejoicing and excitement. People will raise a great joy of rejoicing sounds when their favorite football team wins a major game. The sound of it can sometimes be heard for a a mile or more away. Everyone wants to let everyone else know of their excitement and joy as to what had happened.

As the rebuilding of the temple was finished, the priests offered many sacrifices, and everyone rejoiced with such great joy in Jerusalem that it could be heard a long way off.

When people are excited about something, they want everyone to know about it. They are not ashamed at being loud with their excitement and joy. People will do many crazy things in all of their excitement without fear of what others may think or say about it.

Believers have many things that they can get excited about. The beginning excitement is when one chooses to repent and believe in Jesus having his sins removed. This is the beginning of a new life that will last for eternity.

Often many believers are rejoicing, but quietly to themselves. No one around them can hear or see their joy and excitement. This is often due to fear of being an embarrassment or from fear of offending someone. It turns the focus away from what God has done to one’s own self.

At the moment God does something in one’s life, believers need to rejoice and rejoice loudly. They need to let the world know what God has done and is doing.

There are probably many times in which you were very excited about something that happened in your life or in the life of some friend or family member. Or you were excited about something that occurred outside of your life but with someone or something you cared about.

What was your excitement level? How did it show to the world?

Now stop and think about what God has done in your life. God is always moving and doing things. Open your eyes to see it, then rejoice at what He has done. Let the world see your joy and excitement in serving God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will be excited at what God is doing; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will not be ashamed of your joy in the Lord.