Esther 4:13-16

Take the Risk

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Esther 4:13-16 then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews if you remain silent at this time relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast for me do not eat or drink for three days night or day I and my maidens also will fast in the same way and thus I will go in to the king which is not according to the law and if I perish I perish very famous verse Esther was called to take a huge risk Esther was called to she was called by God to do something that could cost her her life she had to take a huge risk all of us are called to take risks from time to time Esther was taking a risk for the sake of other people and Mordecai recognized that her position of royalty was given to her by God she was not there in the King’s palace by accident God had uniquely and sovereignly positioned her there you are uniquely and sovereignly positioned where you are in your business in your place of employment in your family, in your city God has deposited each one of us just in unique places to accomplish certain things but all of us from time to time are called to take huge risks I just want to encourage you to take the risk Jan and I pastored a church for eight years and in the early 90’s we had to take a huge risk by declaring a potentially really unpopular teaching in our church it was something that God had just convicted me of it was something that we were going to have to proclaim and I thought this could really be a huge source of division in our church or it could actually kill the church I had been thinking there were movies coming out in the early 90’s the first one I thought of is “Honey I shrunk the Kids” I thought Oh Oh this could be Honey I shrunk the church and then I thought it could get worse the next movie that came out was “Honey I Blew up the Kids” I thought honey I blew up the church and you know the one that came out shortly after that was “Home Alone” I thought man I hope that doesn’t happen to us but we had to be prepared for whatever would happen the LORD had just called us to take a particular position in the church and we prepared the church for many weeks in advance and at the appropriate time just shared the word of the LORD what God had given us from the Bible and you know exactly the opposite of what we thought might have happened, happened I think we lost 3 families out of that whole thing and we gained more than 3 families that came wanting to be a part of a church that stood for what we had proclaimed and so there are times when we just need to take a risk all of us take risks from time to time this was just a huge risk that Esther took and it turned out that God used her to save her people to save the Jewish people in this city of Susa and throughout the nation and so I believe the reason we’re talking about that is it may not be today or it might be today there’s a huge risk that you may be facing that you need to take but God calls all of us to take risks from time to time and who knows that you have not been called and placed in the position you’re in for exactly such a time as this and Esther said I’m just going to go and do what God has called me to do and if I perish I perish she was prepared to just trust God in the circumstance and take the risk so what risk are you facing today let’s just pray Father I pray for each one of us that we would walk where you’ve called us to walk today and LORD that we would be prepared to take the risk like Esther did and to say if I perish I perish LORD I trust you in my business I trust you in my relationships I trust you in my marriage I trust you with my children LORD I trust you in risks that you’ve called me to take today Father thank you so much for the love that you’ve poured out upon each one of us that you are good that you will walk with us and that when we take a risk you’re behind us you’ve got our back LORD I thank you for that and LORD I pray that you’d use each one of us today to bless other people to take risks in your Kingdom to see healing to see salvation to see blessing come to other people in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen

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