Sunday 7-10-2011

Posted by Sherry

TAKE A STAND

ESTHER

CBC 7/10/11 SM

ever heard, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?”

  • How much backbone do we really have?
    • what kind of pressure does it take for us to cave in?
    • what kind of values & morals are behind that Sunday School face?
    • when the rubber meets the road...
      • Saturday night activities
      • work place ethics
      • choice between right & easy

Characters in book of Esther illustrate what TO DO and what NOT TO DO

  1. Vashti: Take a Moral Stand.

Esther 1:11-12

  • king threw a drinking party with his buddies
    • not an all-nighter, but a 7 day blow out
    • king drunk on 7th day calls for the Queen
    • to “ogle” her
      • guys are visually stimulated
    • Queen refused the command
      • consequences
      • king gets mad
      • king scared all women will rebel
      • advisors say Queen has embarrassed the kingdom (not that a 7 day drunken binge by the king didn’t do it??????)
      • Queen Vashti removed from her position & banished from the kingdom
      • can you do than when faced with a similar situation?
  • much better to be virtuous like Vashti
    • than to be sensual like Samson


  1. Mordecai: Take a Spiritual Stand.
  • Has 3 things to tell Esther
    • Don’t think you’ll escape the holocaust when it happens, you’ll be killed too.
    • If you don’t do something, God will send someone else.
    • God has positioned you exactly where He wants you for such a time as this.
  • Takes courage to become a Christian and live a Christian life.
    • courage to admit we fall short morally
    • courage to admit we need God
    • courage to ask Jesus to forgive us
    • courage to receive Him into your life now
    • courage to tell others about Him

* Are you Man or Woman enough to take a “stand”?

  1. Esther: Take a Positional Stand.
  • Andrew Jackson, “One man with courage makes a majority”
  • Esther was put into a position to make a difference
    • God has put us where we are for the same reason
    • He created us on purpose for a purpose...His purpose
    • Not here just to
      • enjoy our position & benefits
      • tolerate our job
      • look around & see the people He has placed in your life for such a time as this.
    • easy to “RUN” from hard situations
  1. God: Recognize His Sovereignty.
  • He may be invisible, but He’s not invincible
    • HIs will, will be done
    • on earth & in heaven
    • he gave Esther beauty to become Queen, to save a nation
    • There are no coincidences with God!
      • life is filled with appointments, not accidents

INVITATION:

Little different than usual....

  • If you’re willing to take a “STAND” for God then you may stand, otherwise keep your seat...
  • MORAL STAND
  • SPIRITUAL STAND
  • POSITIONAL STAND

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