This week we discussed that God has a divine purpose for your life. How is God shaping your for a divine purpose? You future plans, current interest, gifts, and abilities can be used for God’s glory.
KEY TEXT: Ester 4:6-17
CENTRAL TRUTH: God has a divine purpose for your life.
- Dwell: Ester became queen because God had a plan to use her to deliver the Jewish nation. Her life was not her own. As a Christian, your life is not your own. You have been bought with a price and your life belongs to Jesus. As you continue to grow, learn to trust God’s sovereignty, be obedient to His call, and give every part of your life to Him to use according to His purposes.
- Memorize: Esther 4:14b
- Pray: Ask God to help you realize that He has called you for a greater purpose. Stress that your life is not your own and thank Jesus for paying for your sin with His very life. Ask God to empower you by His Spirit to be bold and obedient to Him, even when risks are involved. Pray that as you develop gifts, talents, and abilities, you will realize that they are for His glory, not your own.
KEEP ON DIGGING:
Fasting in Jewish culture was a form of prayer and submission to God. To learn more about fasting in Scripture, consider:
- Sometimes, fasting expressed intense grief. In Ester 4:3, the Jews throughout the empire fasted and mourned when they learned of the king’s death decree.
- On other occasions, fasting and prayer accompanied spiritual decisions. (Acts 13:3, 14:23)
- In extreme situations, an absolute fast included abstaining from food and beverages of all types. One may exist without food for many days; however, the human body cannot survive without water longer than a few days, unless supernaturally sustained as in Exodus 34:28. Scripture describes Jesus fasting for 40 days (Matthew 4:2).