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Daily Disciples Devotional - October 16

October 16

Today's Reading:  Isaiah 47; 1 Thessalonians 4

Today's Thoughts:  If I Perish, I Perish

Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" Esther 4:16
We often hear the verse quoted, "for such a time as this", referring to Esther's position as queen and her role in saving the Jewish race from destruction. This section of scripture is also applicable to our lives today because the Lord definitely places us in positions to be used for His purposes. However, if not careful, we might miss the deeper context of this scripture. Esther was willing to lay down her life "for such a time as this." She recognized the seriousness of the situation and the calling upon her life.
The Lord is looking for those who are willing to take a stand for Him, for His Word, for His kingdom. For those of us who shout, "Send me Lord!" there is great accountability and responsibility attached to such a proclamation. We will be tested and tried. We will endure severe trials, designed to grow our faith. We will be faced with the question: Will you still praise Me in the storm? The Lord takes our vow of commitment seriously and He is more than willing to prepare us to be used for His purpose and His glory. But, rest assured, our motives will be challenged and our true intentions revealed. When we are willing to forsake it all, then "for such a time as this" becomes our reality.
Today's verses give us some hints as to what to do in preparation. We need to gather together with other believers, pray together, and fast together, focusing on the main issue at hand. We must seek the Lord's wisdom through His Word in how to go forward and have assurance in His guidance, even if it seems contrary to the "law." Then, step out in faith, with an attitude of abandonment. Let it all go. This message should be sobering to all of us who sincerely pray to be used in a powerful way by the Lord. The stakes might be higher than we realize. Are we ready? 

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