Don’t fear shadows!

Dear co-laborers,

Esther 3:1-2 (NIV)
1 After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.
2 All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.

Esther 5:9-10 (NIV)
9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.
10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.

 I remember as a child being frightened by shadows in my room.  After crying out, my mom would come in, turn on the light and expose the shadows for what they really were.  Nothing.  There was nothing to be afraid of.  It wasn’t until repeated exposures of the light, that my fears eventually dissipated.  I was very thankful for my mother’s loving care in exposing the “lies” in my life.

 Mordecai, had seen the light, and there was nothing about the “vile” Haman that caused him to fear.  He saw Haman for what he really was.  More importantly, Mordecai saw God for who He really was.  In light of that knowledge, Haman was not scary.  He was a mere shadow.  Mordecai had learned to fear God and not fear man.  (Matthew 10:28 “ And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”)  God was the only one that deserved being bowed down to.  Because of Mordecai’s faithful homage, he was ultimately lifted up to second in command. (sounds a lot like Joseph and his faithful service to the LORD)

 So, I do not worry about having to bow down to any president or king now.  There is not that type of circumstance that we are placed in, here in the USA.  But what situations am I in that look similar in God’s eyes?  When does my behavior at work or home, in public or by myself,  show my conforming to our enemy and his ways, rather than bowing to our LORD?  What conversations were we involved in that gave lip service to Satan, and dishonored our LORD?  When have our eyes given homage to the devils acts, and we have scorned the LORD by our willingness to ignore Him?  How recent has our conversation lifted up our enemies ways, by criticism of another(or even silence in quelling the speech), rather than honoring our Savior?  What other ways are we in danger of giving reverence to our enemy rather than our Lord?  Time with the media rather than in the Word?  Let’s be quiet before our God, let’s let His Word and His Spirit reveal the true nature of our lives, and may we shine for Him.  Let’s be like Mordecai and not give in to evil, but stand for our God.   May we truly live a life of love, as God who is Love lives in and through us.

 Ephesians 4:25-32 (NIV)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 5:1-14 (NIV)
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

With Jesus all things are possible!   Offer Him your bodies today to do with as He wants!  Thank you Jesus for being the Light of the World.

 Coram Deo (before the face of God),

 Steve

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