214. Determined

Esther 4:16 BBE Go, get together all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and go without food for me, taking no food or drink night or day for three days: and I and my women will do the same; and so I will go in to the king, which is against the law: and if death is to be my fate, then let it come.

Esther was a Jewish orphan who was taken in and raised by her cousin Mordecai. Through a series of events she finds herself the unlikely Queen of Persia. When a horrible plot to annihilate all the Jews in the Persian Empire is put into action and was endorsed by the King using deceptive tactics, she is called upon to intercede on behalf of her people. The problems she faced were: Nobody except Mordecai and his family knew she was Jewish, The previous queen had been banished for not obeying one of the Kings commands, and No one is permitted to go before the King without first being invited (to do so was to take your own life in your hands).

She is in a difficult circumstance and is confronted with fear on every side. She is afraid to do nothing and watch her people perish and she is afraid of taking action and the consequences that may ensue. After another conversation with Mordecai, Esther received clarity regarding her purpose and the importance of the task. This clarity empowered Ester to rise up and overcome her fear.

There are many things in life that terrify people into inaction and effectively retard their impact and steal their calling. Determination is necessary to keep pressing forward in the midst of fear. Esther was determined to stand for her people and fulfill her calling even if it meant she would be put to death. Her determination came when she had a clear picture of the PURPOSE and IMPORTANCE (impact) for her task/calling.

Seeing the purpose or the point (what we going to or striving to accomplish) and the importance (why does this need accomplished, who will be effected, how does this impact others) helps us to cement our resolve, rise up and overcome fear. We have been delivered from fear, but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever try to scare you into inaction and to not pursue and follow your calling. Our deliverance from fear means we don’t have to be controlled by fear any longer. Being courageous doesn’t mean you don’t have thoughts of fear. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”—John Wayne Knowing the purpose and the importance of your calling, task, or cause inspires determination, which will help you saddle up in courage and fulfill your call.

As this year closes and the New Year begins take some time to reflect on your purpose.  Let’s get determined to pursue our purpose this coming year.  You can do it.  The Lord believes in you or He wouldn’t have given the project, purpose, or calling to you.  Overcome fear through your determination.

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