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.

Ezra 6:16 A Time To Celebration

Then the people of Israel–the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles–celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. Ezra 6:16

People all over the world love to celebrate special events. It is very common for there to be some type of celebration when a building project is completed. This can be with just a simple house all the way up to some large commercial structure. There is a high level of excitement due to the hard work and difficulties often needed to be overcome to bring the construction to a completion.

Once the temple was rebuilt all the Israelites and exiles celebrated the dedication of the rebuilt house of God with great joy.

The level of celebration of the completion of a building will vary depending on the value and importance of the building. The higher the value and importance, the greater the celebration will be. Some buildings will bring about a national level of celebration. However, the celebration is always for something that is temporary. No physical building will last forever.

Believers are to always be in the process of building a temple that will last for eternity. That temple is making new disciples–new believers and followers of Jesus.

Every time a person chooses to turn away from his old sinful past, repent and believe in the saving work of Jesus upon the cross, there is a new temple built for God. The new believer becomes a dwelling place for God that is dedicated to Him. This occurs due to the hard work of prayer and being a witness to someone by other believers.

As soon as one becomes a believer, all heaven rejoices. It is a time for great celebration for all believers with the dedication of a new temple for God.

You most likely have times or events that you like to celebrate, some on a regular basis, some on a one time only basis. One time to always remember and celebrate is when you became a believer, when God gave you a new life and began to dwell in you.

Other times that are equally important is when you hear of another person choosing to believe in Jesus and be saved. Think of the great joy there is in knowing someone will no longer be condemned and heading to hell but is now a fellow brother/sister in the family of God–a new temple of God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will make disciples for Jesus; that you will celebrate when one becomes a follower of Jesus; that you be a temple for God to dwell in; and that you will know the joy of the salvation God has given you.

2 Chronicles 7:16 Chosen And Consecrated

I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:18

Names to be placed on special buildings are done on a regular basis. Often it is done by someone who has paid a huge amount of the expense to have the building built and desire their name to be upon it. Having one’s name on it is giving approval for that building and what goes on inside of it, and also gives honor to the one whose name is on it.

After Solomon dedicated the new temple of God, God came to him and told him that He had chosen and consecrated this temple so that His name would be there forever and that He would keep His eyes and ears on it.

The world loves to have their name known as someone special. Those who are extremely wealthy desire to get their name out there on things that are permanent and will continue to bring in more wealth. However, all of this is for self and is selfish.

Every person who has chosen to repent and believe in Jesus has become a new creation; they are a new building–the temple of God. This is all done by the choosing of God. It is God who calls a person to repentance and the person accepts the call. Once accepted, God then consecrates the person, removing all sin and making him the new temple of God.

As the temple of God believers carry the name of One who is greater than any person that has ever walked upon the earth. God, the creator of the universe and all that is in it, has chosen to place His name upon the believer for all eternity.

Before you became a believer God chose you to be one of His children. The moment you chose to accept God’s call for repentance and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you became a new temple of God.

The process of God consecrating you to be holy and righteous began upon your repentance and belief. He is working in your life to make you more like Jesus every day. His name now rests upon you for all the world to see for all eternity. God is keeping an eye on you and is listening for your call to Him, since His name is now on you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know you are a temple of God; that you will allow God to consecrate you to be holy and righteous for His namesake; and that you will know His presence in your life each and every day.

1 Chronicles 16:23 Daily Proclamation

Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 1 Chronicles 16:23

Businesses always focus on getting the message out every day about their products or services that they provide. Marketeers know that they must promote their products daily or else people will stop purchasing them very quickly.

In the process of telling about their products, they will use many different methods, television ads, internet ads, word of mouth, billboards, flyers, mailers and more to get their information out. The focus is to reach as many people as possible to sell as much as possible.

After setting up the ark of the covenant David gave some praise to God. He told the people to sing to the Lord and proclaim His salvation every day.

With everything the world has and is proclaiming, they are missing the greatest news and best product the world could ever possibly have. As the world is promoting their goods loudly every day as the best thing ever and that everyone needs what they have, all that they have is temporary joy and, in the end, eternal death.

At the same time believers have something greater to promote and proclaim. This message that they have is the salvation that Jesus paid for and provides for each and every person. Forgiveness of sin and being given eternal life is the greatest thing that the world has ever seen, yet many do not know about it.

Believers need to be willing to speak up and proclaim the salvation of God to everyone they meet as often as they can on a daily basis. Doing this does not take a college degree or any expertise. It is just telling others what God has done for oneself and can do for others. This is proclaiming His salvation.

You may have some product that you really love and are willing to tell others about it every day. But as a believer, you have something even greater to proclaim to anyone who is willing to listen. That message is that Jesus provides forgiveness and salvation that gives eternal life.

Do not hold on to the greatest message to yourself that the world will ever hear. Give everyone you meet a chance to know Jesus and gain eternal life. Pass it on. Proclaim the gospel message to all you meet on a daily basis so that all may be saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will sing praises to God every day; that God will make you bold in proclaiming the gospel message; that you will not be ashamed to tell others about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through your proclamation.