Sermon Notes


THE POWER OF ONE ESTHER
Esther was one person doing the will of God at a time and place where the only thing that would work is faith.
Esther found herself caught up in a situation not of her choosing.
Only when forced into action to save herself and her own people did she prove her mettle and do the will of God.
Without Esther’s action the entire Jewish population might very well have been wiped out. God had another plan. Esther was the plan.
1. Do we consider where we are in life our choice, our destiny or the will of God?
2. Do we consider the actions we take a completely our choice, completely random
or the will of God that cannot be controlled or changed?
3. Are we willing to live with the consequences of our actions and our refusals to act?
4. How much are we willing to risk for the sake of others?

Esther was fortunate enough to have Mordecai around to help advise her.

ONE:
GOD HAS A WILL AND A PLAN FOR EACH OF OUR LIVES THAT IS PERFECT FOR US AND FOR HIS KINGDOM.

That is not to say that we all find it and fulfill it but that doesn’t mean it is not there.

When Esther was forced into the “find a new queen pool” that the governing authorities put in place to find a suitable mate for replacing queen Vashti, she was chosen.

She had nothing in her background that would clue her in on how all this came about and how it was going to end.

We have all questioned how things in our lives have come about. Is everything that happens to us a result of our choices? Is it destiny? Is it God’s will and how flexible is that will?

Christians and non-Christians alike have argued for centuries over the issue of free will and destiny.
God has a perfect plan for our lives. We all know that life happens. Choices, affected by the sin we are born in and the places and times we are a part of are made.

Further complicating matters is the fact that we like the most direct and easiest paths through life. God may have other things in mind.

God had a plan for Esther. To get her to the place she needed to be at the time she needed to be there she had a long strange road to walk.
Somewhere between the extremes of total random free will choice and total determined destiny is the perfect will of God for each of us.
That plan is intertwined with the lives of other people. And as Esther demonstrates if we are faithful the Lord can use even one person to change the world.

TWO:
WE ALL HAVE TO CHOOSE OUR ACTIONS BASED ON OUR FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE.

If you are afraid of making mistakes or failing you are normal.
Mordecai knew something had to be done. God gave him the wisdom to see that Esther was where she was for this season and reason.

Esther was given the power and the place to make things happen. It was up to her to act on the knowledge and faith she had.

With good advice and the Lord in her mind and heart Esther stepped up and did exactly what she had to do in the manner it had to be done.

The power of one is amazing.
Simple acts of mercy and kindness based on the knowledge you have of the person and their situation combined with your faith in Christ.

3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS OR OUR REFUSALS TO ACT.

Esther could have lied about her heritage. She could have allowed the genocide that Haman was planning to fall into place. Or she could act. She chose to act.

How many of us are only too willing to do little or nothing for the salvation of others?
We have our relationship with the Lord. We have made our choices. We are willing to let others have the same freedom to choose.

I personally do not want to stand before the judgment bar of the Lord knowing I gave it my minimum.

To refuse to share, to refuse to stand, to refuse to act when we know we should is action.

Our actions are the determining factor in our salvation. . No action, no faith.

Who in your life needs you to act?
Esther had more people than she could possibly know that needed her to step up. There might be a single person you can show Jesus to by what you do.
Or there might be many.

People say that one can’t make a difference. Just look at Billy Graham. He was saved and called to ministry because one person invited him to church.

4. TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN LIFE THERE HAS TO BE RISK.

Esther had to risk everything and go to the King. The Jews were saved and Gods will was done. None of this happened without risk.

What are you willing to risk for the salvation of someone else?
The biblical answer is that we love our neighbor as ourselves therefore our risk for them should be the same as for ourselves or someone close to us.

We might just make a life change difference.

Every week we have an opportunity to impact a life for Jesus.
If we are not risking ourselves to find a way to bless others then we know the outcome.

Esther laid her life on the line and saved her people. What will you do to save someone else?