The Battle for Joy, Purity, Peace, Rest and Restoration for such a time as this – thoughts from the book of Esther from February of 2021 – updated in March, 2022. I encourage you to read through the 10 chapters in Esther.
Just like Esther asked her attendants to pray with her, we need each other remnant warrior sisters (and brothers too) who “attend to each other” for such a time as this. We need the Lord and each other. Pay attention to those who God has strategically connected you with for His purpose. We are all feeling the heat of the battle over our own hearts, our families, and the family of God right now. If you are encountering more warfare personally and within your family, you are not alone. If, as a believer, you are not aware that you have a spiritual enemy, who is roaming about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, either you are not discerning, or you are not a threat. He is not a lion; he only counterfeits and roams about “like” one. Satan never creates, he copies and he counterfeits. I am writing this today from a place of having come through a week of moving forward with others who are advancing the light, love and truth of the kingdom and also weary from battling the forces of darkness coming against myself and my own family personally to try to wear us out. May this weary warrior sister be used to remind us all: God hears every heartcry of the righteous and He answers the cries of His sons and daughter always in His timing (Psalm 34:17-19, 22). Like the song says, “Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working. Even when I don’t see it, You’re working….” Amen. God is working. He is our Redeemer, Restorer, and Waymaker. This is Esther’s story too.
On the Jewish calendar, this is the season of Purim (officially in February 25 and 26, 2021).
Typically Purim falls around March 14th and 15th and occurred March 16th and 17th in 2022.
Purim is an annual Jewish festival of joy celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from their day of destruction (Esther 9:26-32). For those of us who are not Jewish, but are believers in Christ, as covenant children of God, we have been delivered from eternal death and destruction as well (Romans 3:23-26; 6:22-23). This reminder should serve as an inspiration to live joyfully and to celebrate each joyful day that the Lord has made. Since we live in a fallen world, we still battle the prince of the power of the air, whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy the abundant life (Ephesians 2:2; John 10:10). Our future peace, rest, restoration and joy forevermore is secure, but living from this abundant overflow is a daily fight of faith. We all become tired and weary, and especially if we keep encountering one battle after another this side of Heaven.
This is not a heavy word, but a heavenly spirit filled word. This is a joyful word meant to encourage and strengthen you weary, remnant warriors and my own self too.
The Father is purifying us more and He is redeeming, healing and restoring hearts, homes and family relationships, so that we shine and reflect the Father of Light in the midst of all the pain and darkness around us. We must welcome the process and the continued process of this purification, so that we can boldly declare His love, grace and truth to those who desperately need to hear. Some are just beginning this process, and some are digging deeper into this process of purification and purging. Esther went through a cleansing and beautification process. We are the beautiful bride of Christ; the one that Christ is returning for without spot or wrinkle. However, the spots and wrinkles the Holy Spirit desires to eliminate for His radiant bride to glow brightly with His glory starts within our hearts. The roots of our spots and wrinkles are tethered to the entrapments of compromise, disobedience, deception, indifference, unforgiveness, the distractions of the world, self, selfishness, and pride (to name a few) over passion for God and the advancement of His kingdom purposes and plans.
Here is a good God desire – the desire to please our King as part of His royal priesthood of sons and daughters (1 Peter 2:9).
These are the words I hear my Father speaking to me and I believe He is faithful to fulfill His promises to me. These are the words I believe the Father is speaking to His body – His royal bride and family for such a time as this. His joy is to be our strength and our purified hearts are to be burning with passion to follow the promptings of His Holy Spirit in every season. The joy of the Lord of the pure burning hearts will enter the Father’s peace, rest and restoration – even amidst the darkness and chaos of this present day.
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. Amen. (Luke 1:45)
The Lord gave His people peace and rest from their enemies. (See Esther 9:20-22)
We are also in the 12th Jewish calendar month of Adar – meaning “Joy.” Peace, rest, restoration, and a restoration of joy are our inheritance as we see in the verses in Isaiah 55:10-13.
Queen Esther was giving authority divinely and sovereignly as she accepted and walking in obedience to the plan God opened before her supernaturally. The scepter represents authority. As believers in Christ, we have been given authority over the enemy. In order to walk in our God-given authority, we must walk in obedience and holiness; not perfect and without sin, which none of us are, but pure in heart, pure heart motives, hearts clean through confession and continued repentance of sin, unforgiveness, and anything that would hinder the purity of Christ and His love shining through us. This is the Light. Even joy is tied to the color yellow, which is bright.
God is going to answer prayers for peace, rest and restoration. We will not live dejected or sad, because the joy of The Lord is our strength. Amen.
We are “Elijah like” men and women who carry God’s presence, the fiery Love and power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of The Lord.
We are not pitiful. We are powerful.
We are not victims. We are victorious.
We are not overcome. We are overcomers.
We are not being conquered by the enemy or any spirit of the enemy, but we are becoming more than conquerors!
As we press into His love, His promises and, as we remain faithful to obey God what over the fear of what others may say, misunderstand, or even mock. This is the times we are living in.
We are not cowing down to the enemy and the Jezebel spirit that works thru manipulation, intimidation and domination.
We are the mighty ones who are led by the Spirit and not controlled through manipulation.
We are not ashamed of the gospel, but instead boldly and fearlessly proclaim truth with love and grace in the face of intimidation.
We destroy and dominate every demonic stronghold through the blood of Jesus and our prayers and our obedience to His Word.
We desire to see His kingdom come within our hearts, and our homes, and to every nation.
We are standing bold and strong and crushing the enemy’s head thru our prayers, discernment and obedience as we walk in purity of heart and with our Prince of Peace. Let’s keep covering each other and our families as we are dangerous to the enemy and his plans and he knows it, just as Esther’s obedience forfeited and cancelled out Haman’s evil plot. This is why we are experiencing the pressure of the enemy’s schemes.
Our obedience not only blesses us, but it blesses others too. Just like Esther, we often do not realize that our own personal obedience might be used to bring salvation, help, healing and bring restoration to someone else. Esther was safe and had a place of prominence and prosperity in the King’s palace. We, who are believers are like royalty too, in the respect that we now belong to the King of kings; we are co-heirs with Jesus. We may need a type of Mordecai to remind us from time to time, however, that our position should prompt us to do what is right and obedient, and not always what is the easiest and most comfortable for ourselves.
Obedience is not usually easy. It wasn’t for Esther. She was not supposed to go before the King unsummoned. This could mean death for her, even though she was the queen. She asked her attendants to fast and pray. When there is a big decision, and when there is a lot of warfare around us, we must have those who will stand together with us in prayer and contend for God’s will over our lives. These are the attendants or faithful sisters and brothers who will encourage us in obeying God and His Word over taking the easy way out, or even what may be deemed safe socially and culturally. Let’s get practical: if we keep silent when God says speak with truth and grace; or, if we speak, when God says wait, just pray; or, if we hold on tightly, when God says give; or, if we keep rehearsing all our hurts, when God is calling us to release those to Him for healing and peace, we are not obeying God.
Holy Spirit what are you speaking to me? Help me to be bold, courageous and obedient like Esther for such a time as this. Amen.
Other Scripture References: Romans 16:20; Proverbs 28:1; Isaiah 60:1-5; Psalm 23; Revelation 12:11