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Born for This!

You were born to spread God’s glory throughout the earth!

Are you living out your purpose today?

[box]“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)[/box]

I love Mordecai’s challenging question to his young niece. He was asking her to look fear in the eye and nobly press in to her purpose as a beautifully fierce woman. I’m asking the same thing today as I’m praying for God to call out some modern day Esthers!

You were born in this moment of time in history in order to be used as an integral part of God’s great Redemption story!

We are celebrating Advent here on the blog by exploring the lives of a few women who had an integral role in God’s redemption plan. Today we’ll take a quick glimpse at Esther’s life.

My daughter-in-law recently shared with me that Esther is her favorite woman in the Bible. She’s admired her since she was a child. I find it so like God that He would bring a little Esther into her life to raise for His glory! (You can find that story by clicking here.)

Why do we love Esther so much?

What is it about her story that is so captivating?

We admire Esther because she truly portrays the characteristics of the beautifully fierce woman.

Esther isn’t included in the line of Christ, but she was used at a critical juncture in Israel’s history. At a period of time when God’s people faced the possibility of complete annihilation (a common occurrence for them throughout history), God once again brought a deliverer.

God placed a young Jewish girl on the throne of one of the most powerful world kingdoms in order to accomplish His purposes for that hour in history. When her people were threatened with genocide, Esther was willing to suffer the consequences of taking a stand on their behalf.

Have you found it encouraging seeing the number of women in this Advent series who served as beautiful fierce warriors? We’ve seen women take courageous stands, serve God in critical conflicts, and live all out with a passion for Him and His glory!

As a Christian in North America, I’m not facing the same kind of battle that Esther faced, but there is a battle that I’m engaged in. Christianity is under siege and I’m taking a stand in proclaiming liberty to those who are currently held captive by spiritual darkness.

This battle isn’t for wimpy women, but courageous women who are committed to God’s glory.

Are you willing to take some uncomfortable stands for the sake of spreading the gospel?

Embracing our calling as women has far greater implications than what can be accomplished in just one woman’s life, as important as that is. Imagine what might occur if even a small, but deeply committed, Spirit-empowered group of women surrendered fully to God’s kingdom purposes.

What might happen?

Perhaps God would birth a mighty movement of Christ-exalting women spreading His glory across the globe.

Look around.

Do you see the great need of our day?

We are surrounded by lost souls in need of deliverance.

To advance the gospel may require some personal changes: time spent in targeted prayer, a boldness to share the gospel, a commitment to spiritual growth. Are you willing to evaluate your attitudes and actions as a woman under the authority of Scripture?

Are you willing to make hard choices to share Christ with others?

Perhaps you were born for this purpose—to be a part of a movement of God’s Spirit that will bring revival!

Are you willing to endure personal sacrifice, if necessary, in order to take a stand and fulfill your role as a woman after God’s heart in this day?

Are you open to the challenge?

Do you want to be used by Him to advance the gospel?

How are you living differently because of the future arrival of the Coming King?

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6 Comments

  • Vicki

    Good Morning, Kim! We just finished with our weekly early morning prayer group, and this is EXACTLY what was the conviction and cry of our hearts! We want to be willing to make the hard choices to share the Gospel; we want to be willing to make personal sacrifices in order to take a stand for truth; we long to be used by God to advance His eternal Kingdom, but like Esther we find ourselves wondering what it will cost. Kim and others reading this, would you join us in praying for moment by moment Holy Spirit direction to answer YES to each of these questions you listed? For the supernatural power to love God and others more than we love ourselves and our comforts? We long to see God work in a way in our community, and beyond, that cannot be explained apart from Him! Thank you! Love, Vicki

  • Vivian Etherington

    Yes, Vicki! Joining in prayer with you and praying those things for myself and my friends as well. I am myself in a friendship in which I need to speak up about some things because of my love for Christ and concern for her, so would you pray for me concerning that? I need real discernment of the Holy Spirit’s leadership.
    Kim, I am so thankful for this series; this Spring we will be studying Esther and Ruth and I will be teaching a couple of times. Your blog will be one of my resources as I study! Thank you!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Yes, Vicki, I will join you in that prayer!

    Father, thank You that You are not a distant deity unmoved by our intercession. Thank You that You are Almighty, but You have also called us to prayer and instructed us to pray in faith.

    We cry out to You–give us boldness to speak Your truth in love. Deepen our faith that we will not cave to the fear of man. Give us a sensitivity to Your Spirit as we are in conversation with others and guidance in what to say, how to share Your good works with others. Let us not be deterred by the pressure of busyness or get distracted by other things.

    Give us a pure love and devotion for You that will counter all fear and will provide the compassion to share the gospel with others. Give us a willingness to make hard choices to sacrifice anything You ask of us, whether it is finances, time, entertainment, personal preferences, or something very specific that You’ve been dealing with us about.

    You alone deserve our worship, our hearts, our all. Let us live with that commitment no matter what!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Viv ~

    So glad you’ll be diving in to study Esther and Ruth! I look forward to hearing what God is teaching you.

    Pausing to pray for you now,may you have a sensitivity to the Spirit, and compassion for your friend. May He fill you with the message He desires for you to deliver.

    Praying He fills you with courage and boldness ~

  • Vicki

    Thank you, Vivian. I will most certainly pray for wisdom, discernment, boldness, hearing ears, and open hearts in this relationship that you mentioned. –Vicki