1. Recognize the gifts God has given me to use.
Romans 14:12 (NLT) Yes, each of us will give a PERSONAL account to God.
Esther 2:9 (NIV) “Esther pleased Hegai and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven maids selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.”
Esther 2:15b “Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.”
Esther 2:17 (NIV) “…she then won the King’s favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen.”
Job 23:10–14 (NLT)
10 “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. 11 For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. 12 I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food. 13 But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does. 14 So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny.
1 Peter 4:10 (TEV) “Each of us, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift we have received from God.”
Question: What has God given me to use for good?
2. Identify the needs that stir my heart
Esther 4:4 (TEV) “When Esther’s servants told her what Mordecai was doing, she was deeply disturbed.”
Isaiah 58:6-11 (TEV) “Remove the chains of oppression and yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives. THEN my favor will shine on you like the morning sun, and your wounds will be quickly healed. I will always be with you to save you and my presence will protect you on every side. When you pray, I will answer you. When you call to me, I will respond. If you put an end to oppression, to every gesture of contempt, and to every evil word; if you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon. And I will always guide you and satisfy you with good things. I will keep you strong and well.”
Question: What needs do I see around me that disturb me?
3. Take the time to hear God’s Call on your life
Esther 4:13-14 “Mordecai sent this word to Esther: ‘Do not think that because you are in the
king’s house you alone of all Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. Besides who knows but that you have come to this position for such a time as this?’”
Esther 4:15-16a (NIV)“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king…’”
4. Make a faith commitment
Esther 4:16 (NIV) “‘When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’”
Matt. 9:29 Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you!”
What faith commitments will I make in:
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